Honours even between Town and AFC Hayes

Josh Winters
Josh Winters

Bedford Town were held to a 1-1 draw by Evo-Stik League Southern strugglers AFC Hayes at The Eyrie on Saturday.

A 42nd minute goal from Ryan Debattista put the visitors in front, but Bedford struck back on the stroke of half-time through Rob Parker.

The first real chance of the game fell to Bedford midfielder Josh Winters, but his shot was superbly blocked by Jerome Eccleston.

In the 40th minute, Hayes keeper Melvin Minter – playing in place of the injured Sam Mazurek – made a brave stop at the feet of Winters to keep the scores level.

This save proved important as, two minutes later, the visitors took the lead when Debattista received the ball in the Bedford area and drove the ball past George Darlow in the home goal.

To their credit, the Eagles battled back and were back on level terms before half-time when the ball was played out to the right wing to Paul Cooper whose cross was headed home by Parker at the far post.

Hayes had to replace the injured Dawson at half-time, with Tobi Akinjirin reappearing after suspension, and his pace immediately caused the Bedford defence problems.

It was the visitors who looked the more likely to score but they could not find a way past the Bedford back-line.

In the later stages both teams had opportunities to score, with the visitors’ Dominic Rhone heading wide.

It was the Eagles who had the two best chances, however, when first Winters then Cooper both failed to hit the target when well placed.