City drop two points at Bedford

Andrew Phillips scores Bedford Town's second goal from the penalty spot. Picture by Bob Walkley

Andrew Phillips scores Bedford Town's second goal from the penalty spot. Picture by Bob Walkley - Credit: Archant

A dismal second half performance from St Albans City saw them drop two points at Bedford Town on Tuesday night.

City fell behind to an early Andrew Phillips goal but responded immediately through Ben Martin.

James Comley was awarded a soft free-kick, which he whipped into the box for the Saints’ captain to head the ball over Dan Green.

Elliot Bailey almost doubled the advantage with a glancing header from Victor Osobu’s cross but it hit the far post.

The youth product did give Saints the lead a few minutes later though, connecting with a Comley corner to head the ball into the net.

The score remained the same until the break and it look as though City were poised to take control of the game and pick up three points.

However, a different side emerged after the break: suddenly their first touch was wayward, they struggled to string passes together and the all round display was lethargic.

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Bedford were not much better but slowly gained the upper hand until it was inevitable that an equaliser was coming. And so it did, and it was Phillips who provided the finish from the penalty spot after being hauled down by Ben Martin.

The hosts poured forward for the win but City defended bravely to see out an uninspiring draw.

After the game, James Gray said he was feeling “dejected” and was looking for a big response on Saturday’s FA Cup tie with Tonbridge Angels. Kick-off at Clarence Park on Saturday is at 3pm.

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