Biggleswade Town assistant boss Brett Donnelly says ‘there’s a buzz at Langford Road’ as Waders stay unbeaten with 1-1 Bedworth United draw

PUBLISHED: 16:22 21 August 2018 | UPDATED: 16:22 21 August 2018

Lee Allinson in conversation with Brett Donnelly. Picture: Melissa Page

Lee Allinson in conversation with Brett Donnelly. Picture: Melissa Page


Biggleswade Town assistant boss Brett Donnelly says ‘there’s a buzz at Langford Road’ as the Waders maintain their unbeaten start with a 1-1 draw with Bedworth United on Saturday.

Biggleswade Town manager Lee Allinson. Picture: Melissa PageBiggleswade Town manager Lee Allinson. Picture: Melissa Page

Fan favourite Donnelly – who also doubles up as a powerful centre-forward – provided the flick-on from which Peter Clark equalised late on, salvaging a point from a frustrating game where Ryan Baldwin put Bedworth 1-0 up inside 15 seconds.

The draw keeps boss Lee Allinson unbeaten since his return to Langford Road this summer, and Donnelly has been impressed by his manager’s start to his debut season in the hotseat.

Speaking to CometSport, Donnelly said: “I’ve known Lee a long time, I still see him as a little kid I used to play with when our dads were managing Stotfold. He’s surprised me with how well he can get his knowledge across to the players, everyone knows what they need to be doing. There’s a real buzz around, the fans say it too.

“It’s hard for him, he’s still a young man and he’s got a young changing room. You’ll always respect an older manager more but the players know Lee’s the boss.

“It’s the first time either of us have been this side of the white line and we’re learning constantly. Hopefully we’ll learn quickly enough to have a successful season.”

Clark’s winner was important to Donnelly, who wants to keep the momentum and get fans flooding back into Langford Road.

The side sit in fourth place in the Evo-Stik Southern League Central Premier Division as the team prepare to face two tough away games, at Halesowen on Saturday before a derby against Hitchin Town at Top Field on Bank Holiday Monday.

Reflecting on the start Donnelly said: “If you offered me seven points after three games I’d have bit your hand off.

“Hopefully come Christmas we’ll be up there and getting more people through the door.

“There’s three clubs in Biggleswade but we’re the top dogs, we deserve more people in the stands but that’ll come if we perform.

“When I finished my first spell here we were getting 250 at games and we want to get back there.”

On his man of the match performance, voted by the ‘Green Army’, Donnelly said: “I surprised myself, I’m not even aching today so maybe there’s still life in the old dog yet.

“It’s good to be back.”

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