Bedworth United's FA Cup dream over after defeat to Barwell

  Posted: 23.09.20 at 10:10 by The Editor

Bedworth United's FA Cup run ended at the second hurdle last night, as they were defeated 3-1 by nearby Barwell.

Bedworth came into the game having already won in the FA Cup this season, beating Racing Club Warwick 3-2 on penalties earlier in the month.

That victory came courtesy of three shoot-out saves by Bedworth keeper Dan Crane.

Barwell were entering the cup at this stage, and had only played one competitive fixture this season - a 2-1 loss to Lowestoft Town last weekend.

Bedworth started last night's fixture strongly, controlling possession for much of the half, and forcing Barwell back into their own half.

The first clear cut chance, however, was to fall to the away side as a soundly-hit strike from their centre forward came crashing off the cross bar, shortly before the half time whistle.

It was the visitors though who took a lead into the half time break. Running into the box, Dawson was fouled by the onrushing Barwell keeper and a penalty was awarded.

Piggon took the penalty, slotting it narrowly to the keeper's left. Whilst Barwell had a late free kick and volley over the bar in extra time, it finished 1-0 to Bedworth going into the break.

Barwell, who made one change during the break, started the half creating some half chances, with Bedworth struggling to control the game as they had in the first 45.

Bedworth defended strongly as a team, still only giving small glimpses to the Barwell strikers.

However, their efforts were to be to no avail. On 70 minutes, a ball over the top found Barwell's number 8 clean through, able to head the ball into the back of the net 1-1.

Barwell took the lead a minute later. A snapshot hitting the bar and deflecting off the helpless Mulders into the back of his own net.

Bedworth could have been awarded a second penalty, as a freekick from Rowe was delivered into the Barwell box, Keen appeared to be felled but the referee was not interested.

As the game reached extra time, it was Barwell who continued to put the pressure on, not allowing Bedworth time on the ball, let alone a chance to equalise.

The efforts of the home team were rewarded as a penalty was given one minute from time. It was converted and the game finished at 3-1.

A disappointing result for a resilient Bedworth side.

BUFC will return to league action in the Southern League Division One Central this next Tuesday as they host Barton Rovers.