Late goal denies Eagles victory

Bedford Town were denied a crucial Southern League Division One Central win on Tuesday night after a stoppage time equaliser saw them held to a 1-1 draw at Fleet Town.
Bedford Town striker Lee RoacheBedford Town striker Lee Roache
Bedford Town striker Lee Roache

The Eagles had looked like they were going to make further inroads on the play-off places after Lee Roache’s first half goal, only to be pegged back by Robert Carr’s late strike.

Earlier, the prolific Roache hit the bar with a lovely curling effort, before he broke the deadlock on 29 minutes, bagging his 15th goal of the season, slamming home from 20 yards after a fine solo run.

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Home keeper Ryan Pryce then made a superb save to deny Roache a second from close range, before Carr netted late on.

The result means Bedford stay seventh, five points off Marlow in fifth, having played a game more.

On Saturday, Eagles had won 3-2 at Petersfield Town.

The visitors were ahead on six minutes when Ben Sawyer raced through to fire beyond the home keeper.

Andrew Phillips then missed a penalty, while Roache nodded home after Chris Marsh’s shot was saved, only to be flagged offside.

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The linesman robbed Roache of another goal soon afterwards, before Jemale McKenzie-Lowe’s double on 37 and 45 minutes made it 3-0.

Ryan Woodford pulled one back from the spot on 59 minutes as did Billy Connor (88), but Eagles had done enough.

Bedford host Barton Rovers on Saturday.