Bedford Town returned to action with a comfortable 2-0 victory at Egham Town on Tuedsday night.
Bedford outfought, out-thought and out-tackled their opponents – with the Eagles looking fresh following Saturday’s postponement.
The home side made mistakes for both of the Eagles’ goals and mustered just one shot on target, from Seb Castello – a substitute whose usual positions are in defence and midfield.
It came in the 87th minute.
It was Egham who had started the game brightest, with Reis Stanislaus coming close with an audacious effort that dropped just wide of Bedford keeper Gary Malone’s goal inside the first minute.
Malone had, thereafter, a fairly quiet night even though the home side had the pace and goalscoring ability of Stanislaus, Dan Read and Haluna Masembe on show.
The Eagles were more organised than their hosts and had the advantage of going ahead after 10 minutes when Calum Lewis got the last touch to a largely hopeful cross drilled in from the left.
With 18 minutes on the clock, Egham keeper Jamie Norris needed treatment after landing awkwardly as he tried to sort out a dangerous situation caused by the home defence being all at sea.
He recovered after a three-minute break but the injury seemed to have its part to play in Bedford’s second, just before the break.
Masembe played an underweight pass back towards the Egham area, and the Bedford forwards pounced. Norris was not his usual brave and decisive self and, within seconds, Rob Parker fired the ball into the Jungle End net.
The second half became a midfield battle, with Egham giving the ball away slightly less often than in the first, but attempts by the home side to find the front men were blocked by a hardworking Bedford defence in which Ollie Wilkinson shone.
Bedford were good value for their win and will be looking for more of the same on Saturday afternoon when they host North Greenford United.