Hanwell Town 0 Bedford Town 5
By Clive Cooke
Playing our sixth game in seventeen days and with a further five games to play in the next thirteen days, our limited playing resources both in energy and availability, are now stretched to the limit and so it proved as we were totally outplayed by a Bedford Town side looking to boost their slim chances of making their way into the play off places at the end of the season.
The talk in the boardroom before the game was the Bedford Town officials telling us that they had never even won a single point in their previous visits to our ground so to beat us 5-0 as they did must have been particularly pleasing for them. In doing so they inflicted the heaviest defeat that we had experienced since our defeat by the same scoreline to Enfield Town in an FA Cup replay was back in September of last year.
The game started in a disastrous manner for us with Sam Bunting initialing making an excellent save to turn a shot from former Hanwell Town player David Manu over the bar only for from the resultant corner kick, Sam attempted to punch the ball clear when it appeared from our view point that he should have caught it. All his attempt to punch the ball did was for it to land on the head of Manu virtually on our goal line and he nodded the ball into our net.
We almost equalised immediately when Dan Fleming won the ball after winning it off a defender but Chris Moore was just unable to turn the loose ball in at Bedford's near post. At the other end, Chris Mills and Callum Duffy collided in trying to clear the same ball which only resulted in Bedford's Jimmy Hartley having a clear run to goal but fortunately he sent his effort wide. Bedford went further ahead in the thirteenth minute when a clearance reached Bradley Woods-Garnett some twenty five yards from goal and without hesitation he sent a spectactular volley straight back into our net.
It was almost three for Bedford when Chris Mills was put in trouble when Sam threw the ball to him with Bedford players lurking. Chris lost the ball to Woods-Garnett who drove the ball at pace across the face of our goal where it struck Lee Roache but fortunately for us the ball rebounded off him wide of the post. Bedford missed another chance when Woods-Garnett burst into our area with only Sam to beat but shot wide. At this stage of the game we had rarely been seen as an attacking force but we did create a good chance when a good interchange of passes between Chris Moore and Fleming set up a shooting opportunity for the latter but he delayed his shot which eventually was blocked and the chance had gone. Nobody knew then that this was to be Fleming's last action for the club as he decided at the interval not to continue and he left the ground.
Goldy Capela came on to replace Fleming at the interval, he himself having arrived too late to feature in the starting line up.
Woods-Garnett should have made it three for Bedford almost immediately after the interval but he shot over with only Sam to beat. However, Bedford's third goal was not too far away as their full back, Devante Stanley, who was impressive throughout made a good run down the right flank before finding Lee Roache who expertly chipped the ball over Sam into the far corner of our net, much to the delight of the small band of Bedford supporters now stationed behind that goal. We then made our second change of the evening, Peter Dean coming on to replace Mergim Qarri. Stanley then almost got on the scoreline himself as a neat one-two with Manu send him clear but his fierce shot was blocked on our goal line and somehow after a frenzied scramble we were able to hack the ball away to safety. Our third and final change saw Jarmal Joseph come on for Mason Welsh-Turner whilst Bedford also made a change, Ashton Grant replacing Tommy Hull who had a facial injury. At this stage of the game, the Bedford keeper Kyle Forster had been virtually a spectator all evening but most certainly would have been in action had Imedd Kartita's fierce shot been on target after the ball had rolled out to him following a cross by Jarmal.
Bedford then replaced Roache with Andre Olukamni and he almost made an instant impact as he played the ball into the path of Woods-Garnett who chipped it over the advancing Sam only for Calum Duffy to get back to clear the ball to safety from the goal line. At the other end, Imedd had a shot charged down before Bedford made it four when Olukamni raced through from distance before sending the ball into out net past the stranded Sam.
Bedford then made their third and final substitution, David Moli replacing Manu. A good free kick by Joe Chandiram created a shooting opportunity for Peter Dean but he shot into the side netting.
With two minutes remaining before the final whistle brought our suffering to an end, Bedford made it five with a goal so simple it was almost not true. A throw in from the right touchline found Moli completely unmarked. He was given the time to turn and then to play the ball inside our full back, Calum Duffy, giving Callum Donnelly all the time and the space needed to direct the ball past Sam into the far corner of our net. Fortunately, shortly after the referee's whistle brought our miserable evening to an end.
Side: Sam Bunting, Chris Mills, Joe Chandiram, Oliver Duffy (c), Calum Duffy, Wayne Carter, Mergim Qarri, Immed Kartita, Dan Fleming, Chris Moore and Mason Welch Turner. Substitute's used Goldy Capela for Dan Fleming (36), Peter Dean for Mergim Quarri (51),
Jarmal Joseph for Mason Welsh-Turner (64).Unused substitutes, Nick