A day to forget
Pre-match expectations of a feisty, closely-contested local derby were turned on their head by a wonder display from Town and an equally abject performance from the Rovers. Early doors there were no indications of the gulf in class between these two sides as, after just two minutes, Rovers' Jimmy Hartley made a great run down the left only to lose his composure when, with only Town keeper to beat, he blasted his shot well over. Rovers paid dearly for this miss when, 6 minutes in, Town's Dan Walker let loose with a left-foot thunderbolt to put Town ahead. Town were looking good all over the pitch and Rovers, lacking cohesion and surprisingly fighting spirit, went further behind when ex-Rovers midfielder Ebby Nelson-Addy poked home to double Town's lead after 23 minutes with the Rovers defence posted missing following a corner kick. It looked ominous for Rovers as Town stroked the ball around at will with the best efforts of the Rovers team simply unable to gain a foothold and any sustained periods of possession and no surprise when, on 26 minutes, Town's centre-back Gavin Hoyte made it 0-3 via a free shot at goal following a corner. Town were not done and Nelson-Addy made it four first-half goals when he bent a lovely free-kick round the Rovers wall leaving Rovers keeper Gary Malone stranded.
Just when the home faithful thought it couldn't get worse up popped Town's James Peters after 52 minutes to toe poke a fifth goal from a Hoyte cut-back - this one also followed a Town corner. Town's Jermaine Osei made it 0-6 with a close range header on 67 minutes before Dean Dummett made it seven when he prodded home from close range. Jermaine Osei then rounded off the scoring with his second of the match after 77 minutes to make the final score 0-8.
A rampant display then from Town but Rovers forgot to turn up and Manager Tony Fontanelle will be anxious to turn round a sequence of three consecutive defeats when Rovers take on Didcot Town in their next league fixture this Wednesday evening.
Final Score: Barton Rovers 0 Bedford Town 8 (Walker 6, Nelson-Addy 23 & 39, Hoyte 26, Osei 67 & 77, Dummett 74)