It’s FA Cup time again for Bedford Town fans with a visit to Canvey Island Bedford News

Eagles goalie Alex Street

Bedford Town fans have another exciting game in the pipeline on Saturday with Canvey Island visit in the Emirates FA Cup first qualifying round.

Canvey Island defeated Waltham Abbey 2-1 in the preliminary round, with a 3-0 victory over St Neots Town which earned the Eagles their spot.

And manager Gary Setchell expects it to be a test encounter.

“It’s going to be a tough game, they’re a good team,” said the Eagles boss. “I don’t think there will be a definite favorite in the game, obviously we have a home advantage that would make us favorites but I don’t think there will be much between the two teams.

“It’s good to keep the fans coming. I think there were over 400 here on Monday, so hopefully we can build on that for the weeks to come.

These Bank Holiday supporters saw the Eagles beat rivals Biggleswade FC 2-1, but only after suffering their first loss of the season 1-0 to AFC Dunstable on Saturday.

The Eagles conceded in the 34th minute, despite goalkeeper Alex Street pinpointing Jack Harvey’s shot.

“We just didn’t do well enough,” Setchell said. “We had a lot of possession in the second half but I think if we had been there until today we probably wouldn’t have scored! It was a big blow for us, but in a season you’re going to run into speed bumps, so it was important to bounce back on Monday. “

And the Eagles did, having scored a goal against Biggleswade just before half-time at the Eyrie after a dominant first half.

“It was a big test of character,” Setchell said. “There was a bit of pressure for the second half, but they came out and scored in a minute.”

Dan Walker equalized and Danny Setchell quickly increased the score to 2-1.

“There were a lot of good games, a lot of indifferent and a little bad too,” he concluded. “We’re going to work on the poorer things, but there was also some good football. It was a great reaction after the loss on Saturday.”

With nine points in four games so far, the Eagles are fourth in the Southern League Central Division, behind Berkhamsted, Didcot Town and North Leigh.

They will be back in the league next Friday (10th) by hosting Hertford Town.

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This notice was published: 2021-09-02 17:18:03

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