Eagles respond in winning style with victory against Daventry

Action from Bedford Town v Marlow
Action from Bedford Town v Marlow

Bedford banished the memories of a disappointing defeat to Marlow on Saturday with an impressive 4-2 victory over Daventry on Tuesday night.

First half goals from Jeff Woodward, Rob Parker and Tom Liversedge gave the Eagles a commanding 3-0 lead at half-time as they took the contest by the scruff of the neck.

To their credit, Daventry did not give up and the Northamptonshire side pulled a goal back six minutes after half-time through Kieran Fitzgerald.

Seven minutes later, the deficit had been reduced to just one goal as Joe Power continued the Daventry fightback.

At this point the Bedford fans would have been fearing the worst, but Parker scored his second of the match with 17 minutes remaining to secure the victory for the Eagles, and move them one place up the Southern League Division one Central table to 18th.

The win was a welcome return to form for Bedford, who had come crashing down to earth with a bump on Saturday afternoon, leaking four goals without reply against Marlow.

The visitors went in at the break with a 2-0 lead and, despite an uninspiring second half between the sides, Marlow popped in two more – with the fourth epitomising Bedford’s day.

Lee Barney had the simplest of tasks to direct the ball past Gary Malone to open the scoring for Marlow on the half hour mark.

The second goal came five minutes later when a ball in from the left caused chaos in the Bedford area and Craig Scott managed to get in a hook shot that bypassed everyone to hit the back of the net.

Barney made it 3-0 eight minutes before half-time, and Bedford’s misery was compounded in injury time.

Jeff Woodward’s pass back to Malone fell woefully short, and Devontae Romeo scampered in, rounded Malone and stopped the ball on the line before tapping home.