Bedfont and Feltham 1 2 Sutton Common Rovers
Sutton Common Rovers first team made it two wins on the spin for only the second time this season when goals from Michael Campbell and Danny Fernandez gave them the win at Bedfont & Feltham on Saturday, writes Gary Brigden
With a new manager in place, and some players returning, we knew we were going to be in for a tough battle against an improving Bedfont side.
The hosts started brightly and put us under some pressure in the early stages forcing a couple of early corners, which we defended well and cleared any danger. Lively forward Dean Mitchel almost got away, only to be denied by a good challenge by SCR debutant Terry Murray and from the loose ball, Jason Pinnock’s cross-shot was deflected behind by Anson Cousins for another corner.
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On five minutes, Ollie Ellaway did well to block a Mitchel shot when left one on one, and from the rebound, Mitchel could only fire over from a tight angle.
Our first sign of attacking intent game on eight minutes, a long throw into the box by Aaron Bogle caused some confusion in the Bedfont defence, until James Ward stepped in to clear for the
Shakeel Morris and Patrick Craig then linked up well on the left, and from a low cross, Owen Davies was forced into conceeding a corner. Michael Campbell, on his return to an old stomping ground, almost opened the scoring on 11 minutes. Charlie Emery won both the first and second ball and guided a pass over Ward and into Campbell’s path, as keeper Tristan Thomas came out, Campbell lobbed the ball over him but agonisingly just wide of the left hand post.
Bedfont were forced into a change on 17 minutes, when Jordan Waller landed awkwardly whilst clearing a Cousins through ball and found himself replaced by Luis Martins. Thomas denied Campbell again, as the lively SCR man latched onto a Liam Holden flick. Campbell was causing all manner of problems for the Bedfont back line, and saw another shot blocked on 20 minutes, as SCR enjoyed their best spell of the half.
Nanna Benson fired an effort wide of the left hand post on 22 minutes, and on 26 minutes SCR went close when Cousins, Holden and Miguel Anderson all combined to set up a header for Emery, which drifted wide of the left hand post.
SCR took the lead on 27 minutes when a great through ball by Monan split open the Bedfont backline and Campbell did what he does best and fired beyond Thomas for 1-0.
Bedfont responded very positively to falling behind and on the half hour a shot by Cyrus Vanterpool was blocked by Cousins for a corner. From the delivery Ellaway misjudged the flight in the low sun, and Pinnock poked home from close range to level the scores.
Joseph Ataro found his way into the book for a poor challenge on Campbell, and on 33 minutes, Thomas pulled off an excellent save low to his right from another Emery header. Back at the other end and a storming run and shot by Craig was superbly saved low down to his left by Ellaway, redeeming himself for his error for the goal. Ellaway then saved well from Benson, as Bedfont enjoyed another decent spell of possession.
We really should have retaken the lead on 39 minutes, when a great Cousins through ball found both Holden and Campbell in on goal, but Holdens shot was off target and curled over the crossbar. On the stroke of half time, Bedfont had a chance to snatch the first half lead. A great ball down the line by the influential Craig found Morris, his deep cross was heading for the head of Ellis Jones-Areyh, only for Cousins to intercept brilliantly and head behind for a corner, which we dealt with comfortably.
There was still time for Ellaway to save well to his left from Morris as Bedfont ended the half on top, but at half time the scores were level.
We retook the lead two minutes into the second half. Campbell had already bought a good save out of Thomas, but as Bedfont struggled to clear, we won a free kick on the edge of the area. Holden drove it in low and Danny Fernandez was on hand to flick the ball home for 2-1.
Campbell almost made it 3-1 on 51 minutes, but he could only guide a Fernandez cross wide of the left hand post. At the other end, a raking crossfield ball by Benson found Craig, he cut inside Bogle and let fly, but his effort was always curling away from goal.
Holden fired in a low corner on 53 minutes which somehow found its way all the way across goal with nobody able to apply a finishing touch, and at the other end a weak Davies header looked to have set up Morris for the equaliser but we got bodies around the ball and cleared the danger.
Ellaway gathered a low Morris shot on 55 minutes, and from his clearance only a last gasp block prevented a Campbell shot from troubling Thomas. From the corner Davies was just unable to guide his header on target.
Murray turned away a dangerous Morris cross, before Ward found his way into the book for a wrestling challenge on Fernandez. Davies did well to clear a dangerous long from kick by Craig and on 67 minutes skipper Aaron Bogle hooked a flicked header off the line. Bedfont continued to push for an equaliser, and after a Murray foul on 71 minutes, Ellaway did well to turn a Craig free kick wide.
We made our first change on 72 minutes, with Andrew White replacing Anderson, and almost immediately White forced a corner, from which Holden beat a couple before seeing the ball cleared for a throw in. From the throw, a cross-shot by Cousins almost deceived Thomas, but the keeper retreated quickly to turn the ball over the bar. Emery got ahead of his marker at the corner, but his header went inches over the bar.
Thomas saved well from White on 76 minutes, and another free header, went wide of the left hand post. Emery conceeded a corner on 78 minutes as the game swung from end to end, and we cleared, broke quickly and almost increased our advantage when Fernandez cut passed two players, only to see his shot hit the side netting.
Morris could have levelled things up on 85 minutes, but couldn’t turn a header home and Bedfont’s last chance had gone.