Bedford hit by late Dons goal in clash of the bottom two

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Bedford suffered a disappointing defeat to Wimbledon as the bottom two in the Investec East Conference went head to head at King’s College School.

Bedford made a strong start, pressing the Dons defence from the outset.

Kate Costin flashed a reverse stick ball across the goal which narrowly evaded Kelly Bingham at the back post, but Bedford did convert in the third minute as Becky Childs fed a pass into the circle which Costin was able to take around the keeper before slotting home.

Bedford continued to pile on the pressure and, after good combination play from Verity Mason-McLeod and youngster Kate Axford, captain Sherri Skene was able to draw a foul and win a corner which was repelled by the Wimbledon defence.

Midway through the half, Wimbledon started to edge back into the contest with some accurate passes reaching their forwards and some skilful runs from their wide players.

A hopeful ball into the circle got a touch from a Wimbledon forward which evaded both Rachel Jackson and goalkeeper Leanne Sargent to bring the scores level.

Into the second half and Bedford knew they needed to step up their intensity and passing quality.

Again they started to dominate possession and control the game, deservedly getting their noses back in front when a classy pass from Katherine Winger found Costin in the circle and her fierce reverse stick effort could only be blocked by the keeper.

Bingham was lightening quick to pounce on the loose ball and poke it home.

As the game wore on, Wimbledon pressed forward with a barrage of short corners which Sargeant dealt with very well until Skene put the ball into her own net to bring the scores level.

Bedford broke through again with a skilful run from Charlotte Holland but the chance was snuffed out by the Dons keeper.

Into the final two minutes and it was heartbreak for Bedford with a corner converted on the rebound to put Wimbledon in front for the first time.

Bedford had one last chance from a penalty corner as the final whistle blew but their drag flick was turned around the post.