Three in a row for Stevenage
Stevenage made it three wins in a row on Saturday with an impressive victory over Bedford Town. There is an air of confidence around Stevenage at the moment and that was clearly evident in their stylish approach play and coolness at the back. The ball was
Stevenage made it three wins in a row on Saturday with an impressive victory over Bedford Town.
There is an air of confidence around Stevenage at the moment and that was clearly evident in their stylish approach play and coolness at the back. The ball was being passed around slickly and after a great build up Swinyard won a short corner after being fouled in the area. From the resulting corner John Mould fired home with an impressive flick which gave the Bedford keeper no chance.
The home side were cruising at 1-0 when Matt Oliver found Danny Blackburn unmarked at the 25-yard line. Blackburn went round one defender then fired home from the top of the 'D' with a thunderous shot.
In the second half Stevenage continued to pile on the pressure and a quick counter attack started by Andy Blaxill resulted in Stevenage's third goal - Ben Oliver broke through and, after drawing the keeper, slotted the ball to Blackburn, who made not mistake.
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Bedford then created some good chances of their own with Dingley making some good saves and Tim Wright clearing off the line. Bedford then pulled a goal back after Matt Oliver deflected a strike in to his own net.
Blaxill, Miller and Wright were kept busy over a 10-minute period of Bedford pressure and Tim Dingley made a top class save from a penalty corner before Stevenage countered to score their fourth.
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A great move between Ben Oliver and brother Matt handed Danny Blackburn his hat-trick. Ben Oliver intercepted a Bedford pass and gave the ball to Matt Oliver, who crossed to Blackburn to fire home the fourth which basically finished off Bedford's resistance.
The home side had chances to score more goals with Mould, Jason Miller and Swinyard all coming close late on. The last action of the day saw Bedford score a well worked penalty corner which gave the defence and keeper no chance of stopping.
This latest win should hopefully lift Stevenage up the table and give the side confidence for the away trip to Berkhampsted on Saturday and hopefully a fourth win on the bounce.