Bedford Town kept up their exciting home form on Tuesday evening as they beat play-off chasing Beaconsfield SYCOB 3-2 at the Eyrie.
A scare for Bedford came in just the fourth minute, when Tyler Reading could only parry Aaron Berry’s shot into the path of Sam Deadfield, who managed to put the ball over the bar from two yards out.
Bedford settled, and in the 13th minute, Serigne Mor Diop waltzed into space on the edge of the area, but saw his shot just clear the bar.
A couple of minutes later, though, Bedford took the lead. A free-kick was headed goalwards by Tommy Hull, and Solomon Sambou stole in to direct the ball past Brendan Hazlett.
The Eagles went 2-0 up in the 45th minute. A corner was only half cleared, and when the ball was put in again, it eventually found its way to Josh Beech who hit a low shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
The second half started badly for Bedford; with just 90 seconds of the half gone, Ashley Artwell went on a diagonal run and he fired low past Reading.
Three minutes later, Beaconsfield had pulled the score back, as another attack ended with a pass to Sam Deadfield, and the midfielder hit a first time shot into the net.
The visitors pressed for a third but, Bedford earned the win as Will Wright’s long throw caused havoc, and the ball fell to James Peters, who fired home to earn the three points for his side.
On 78 minutes, Deadfield was given space on the left byline to fire in a vicious cross. This time it had the beating of Reading, but the cross was wasted at the far post as Jack Read came in and fired the ball over the bar.
With four minutes to go, two of the Bedford subs combined to carve an opening. Bilal Yafai went on a run through the middle, successfully keeping the ball. When the time was right he released it to Josh Bamford, whose final touch was just a bit heavy, and the ball flew wide of the post.
Two minutes into stoppage time, Beaconsfield had the ball in the net after Deadfield’s stinging shot was spilled by Reading, but the flag had gone up for offside.
The win takes Bedford up two places to 12, and although there is still a lot of work to be done, if Jon Taylor’s boys can recreate the recent home form away from the Eyrie, the slow but steady potential climb up the table in 2016 could be interesting. The last three home games have produced nine points with 10 goals scored.
Eagles: Tyler Reading, Will Wright, Kyle Lincoln, Tommy Hull (c), James Peters, Kyal McNulty, Javia Roberts (Daril Ngwala 72), Josh Beech, Serigne Mor Diop, Solomon Sambou (Josh Bamford 65), Matt Clifford (Bilal Yafai 79).
Subs not used: Christian Lester, Maxime Fondop Siwe.
SYCOB: Brendan Hazlett, Tom Gant (Sonnie Low 72), Aaron Minhas, Tristan Campbell, Alex Murray, Guri Demuria, Lee Togwell (c), Sam Deadfield, Aaron Berry (Jack Read 60), Ashley Artwell, Callum Bunting (Jack McKnight 72).