Video: Late strikes sink Blues
THIS was the first meeting at any level between the two clubs and both sides were looking for points to pull away from the lower half of the table. The visitors had not seen action for over two weeks while The Blues were fresh from their FA Cup victory on
THIS was the first meeting at any level between the two clubs and both sides were looking for points to pull away from the lower half of the table.
The visitors had not seen action for over two weeks while The Blues were fresh from their FA Cup victory on Tuesday night.
This match was decided with a goal by Bedworth in the 88th minute to give them a thoroughly deserved first victory of the season.
The home side were missing Lee Allen and Matthew Kimani both injured, and with George Brinkman on the bench their line-up lacked width.
Arlesey were lucky to be still left in the game at half-time. As early as the 6th minute Gordon was denied by Martin Peat, and it looked bleak when home central defender Tawid Jenuja was forced out of the game with a back injury to be replaced by Liam Beaumont.
From one of the numerous free-kicks they conceded Arlesey were bound to be punished and in the 33rd minute Williams drove the ball to the far post for Kabongo to head home.
- 1 Missing Letchworth woman found safe and well
- 2 Walk-in and booster vaccine slots available this week
- 3 High winds stop Stevenage Christmas lights switch-on event
- 4 Stevenage appoint former MK Dons boss Paul Tisdale as their new manager
- 5 All under 40s to be offered Covid booster jab
- 6 New manager Paul Tisdale optimistic about his journey of discovery at Stevenage
- 7 Stevenage squad to get their chance despite transfer promise says new boss Paul Tisdale
- 8 Villagers left waiting over an hour in cold for Arriva buses demand better service
- 9 James Bay announces intimate ‘New Songs New Stories’ solo tour for Independent Venue Week
- 10 Former councillor recognised for 36 years of service
Arlesey had failed to test visiting keeper Kemp at all in the first half and all they had was a solitary corner and an Osbourne effort that sailed over the bar.
In the first attack of the second half Connelly should have increased the lead from close range, but in the 53rd minute Owen Beale found Jamie Osbourne who took the ball round Kemp to equalise from a narrow angle.
The game changed with the home side pouring forward and Bedworth looked far from comfortable, and the introduction of George Brinkman gave Arlesey's attacks more width with the visiting bench getting more agitated by the minute.
Peat came to the rescue when substitute Kinder took advantage of excessive space in the area and his shot was blocked by the home keeper's legs.
In the 78th minute came the incident that decided the result when Matt
Waldron was adjudged to have obstructed Williams and was dismissed for a second bookable offence.
The points looked to be shared when in the 88th minute Arlesey's defence went missing and Adam Kinder was through on goal and despite a fine block by Peat, Kinder reacted quickest to head the rebound into the empty net.
The Blues: Peat, Waldron, Brown, Junja, Moran, Clark, Case, Fehmi, Beale, Francis, Osbourne. Subs: Pringle, Beaumont, Houghton, Miah, Brinkman.