New Eagles boss Dan Kennoy is feeling upbeat despite seeing his side lose out in an eight-goal pre-season thriller to Dunstable Town.
“I was very pleased with the first 45 minutes,” he said. “I thought we competed more than enough against a side that had a very experienced side out; with players like Shane Blackett, Adam Watkins, Matt Nolan and Paul Bastock.
“Not only was I pleased with the way we competed, we reacted very well after going a goal down as well. We more or less got straight back into the game, then went 2-1 up through a great strike from Joel Norris.
“I thought it was no more than we deserved, especially the way it worked out, as we were playing a different formation to what some of the players have been used to, and it’s the first 45 minutes they’ve played together.
“I can say that from the starting 11 tonight, a majority of those players have already signed on and committed to Bedford Town, and it kind of gives you an idea of where we are going with the team.
“In the second half, we made the usual pre-season changes; we made five at half-time, as well as substitutions throughout the second half, and played some players out of position, just mainly to get them on the pitch to get a look at them.
“I thought we created a lot of chances, and I feel that it was a bit fortunate the way Dunstable’s goals came – but despite the scoreline, I’m really pleased by the lads’ first showing.
“As a group, we’re going to go on from tonight’s match. The lads have set a standard that I expected to see, and it will roll forward into the remaining pre-season matches.
“Thankfully Tyler Reading didn’t need to go to hospital tonight. It just looked like Tyler rolled his ankle. It was just after the rain started, and on the greasy surface his ankle has rolled.”