Barton Rovers were defeated for the first time this season as they lost 2-0 away from home to Bedford Town in the 'A6 Derby'. An entertaining tie saw two goals, a red card and some brilliant football played as the two teams battled it out.
Both of the host's goals came in the first half of the game as Collard and Walsh found the back of the net. After eleven minutes of action, Collard opened the scoring, as his goal followed from a set-piece routine. Although Rovers went a goal down, they looked to respond straight away as they had a busy period of attacks, the most notable coming from striker Taylor Rhiney whose shot went just over the bar and McKenzie who also headed just over. Although Rovers had their chances, Bedford added a second in the thirtieth minute of the game. However, the goal was controversial and possibly should've been ruled out as Jesse Armoo appeared to be fouled in the build-up of the goal. From the side-line, the referee appeared to consolidate his linesman and consider his decision, but ultimately the goal stood and Rovers were two behind before the break. Armoo later had to be replaced as he picked up an injury later on in the game.
After the break, Rovers looked to find a way back into the tie as both Joe Rider and Ryan Neufville had chances early on but Rovers chances of a comeback were made more difficult with twenty-five minutes to go as Lewis Thomas was given his marching orders by the referee after picking up a second yellow card. After going down to ten men, Rovers showed great fight to not concede any more goals against a strong opponent and continued to push on and search for a goal of their own, but the tie finished in favour of Bedford Town.
An early test this season resulted in a 2-0 loss, but Rovers should be proud of their performance as they showed bravery, fight and determination throughout the 90 minutes against potentially one of the best sides in the league, especially when they went a man down.
Full Time: Bedford Town 2-0 Barton Rovers
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