Eagles slump to fourth loss on the bounce

Skipper Tommy Hull in action for the Eagles. Picture (c) Alison Bagley
Skipper Tommy Hull in action for the Eagles. Picture (c) Alison Bagley

Bedford slumped to a fourth defeat in a row after giving Hanwell Town their first league win of the season on Saturday afternoon.

It wasn’t for the want of trying though, as Bedford took the game to their opponents, but couldn’t find the killer touch.

Although the game was played more in the Hanwell half, it wasn’t until nearly the midway point of the first half that a real chance fell to Bedford as Dylan Gittens capitalised on a short goal kick to set up Ricky Case, whose shot went wide.

A couple of minutes later, Gittens tested Arvydas Kacinkevicius in the Hanwell goal, with a difficult bouncing shot that the keeper did well to palm round the post.

Kacinkevicius was nearly caught out by a 40-yarder from Kyal McNulty, but he managed to keep the Eagles at bay as he tipped the ball over the bar.

Just before the half-time whistle, Gittens beat Duffy before forcing Kacinkevicius to drop low to save.

Bedford kept up the pressure immediately from the restart when Case’s shot was pushed round the post by Kacinkevicius.

Hanwell substituted their centre-forward on 56 minutes and, three minutes later, his replacement put the home side in front, against the run of play. The ball was played into the Bedford area from the right and Ricky Pither placed the ball past Grant Beckwith.

Reeling from conceding, Bedford nearly went 2-0 down soon afterwards when Pither’s shot came off the post. The ball went to Liam Hind, but Tommy Hull had come over to put his body between the midfielder and the goal.

On 68 minutes, though, Hanwell went 2-0 up when a corner wasn’t dealt with properly by the Bedford defence, and Hind headed into the net from close range.

Debutante Jamie Osborne pulled a goal back for the Eaglkes in the 72nd minute, but Bedford could not find a late equaliser as Town held on.