Another non-win, another okay-ish performance, and another match where a draw was the most we deserved. A clean game played in good spirit, but there was a bit of old style pushing and nudging by our visitors which the ref never got hold of. In fact, he looked unwilling to get involved in the game overall.
We started well with Kam scoring a tenacious solo goal in the 5th minute, but we let Bedford Town back in it with an unmarked header for Lee Roache from six yards out in the 18th. Having had a bit of purpose about us before the break, we were bereft for much of the second half, only managing our second shot after the break in the 79th minute when we were awarded a penalty (for the second foul in the box during the move) but, to the surprise of many on the terraces, Bitz didn’t take it. Instead, Flemmo blazed the spot kick horribly over the bar. The lads dug in and pushed for a winner but we never properly tested the Eagles keeper. At the other end, Tyler didn’t have much to save in the game but was very alert snuffing out some probing through balls.
Bedford were nippy and sassy up front, and Tyler and our defenders did a fine job, though our visitors and their coachload of fans might feel they had their chances to take all the points. Unfortunately, our midfield didn’t provide enough chances and, when we did get near the ‘oppo’ goal, at least one of our forwards slunk back after attacks had broken down, leaving us prone to the offside flag for our next move upfield. The vast majority of players who walked off straight after the game and didn’t feel sorry for themselves got the smattering of applause they deserved. I'm afraid somehow we need to shake up the midfield and especially the attack. Not sure how or why we've struggled in recent weeks, but something's gone amiss.
While I’m at it, a couple of quick requests for the committee – I realise I entered the ground later than usual today, but could someone please tell me before the match next time if Christmas Tree Dan’s not there to do the post-match announcements, and could someone try and save at least one teamsheet for tannoy purposes when the printer starts working again?