Beadle goal earns home victory

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A solitary Jimmy Beadle goal earned Scarborough Athletic a 1-0 home success against lowly Bedworth United.

Athletic did just enough to edge a dour affair on a pleasant Queensgate afternoon.

Boro started the game without a recognised striker, as Beadle led the line with Pete Davidson buzzing around him. Hull City youngster Jack Barlow took his place on the left of midfield.

The first period was less than inspiring, as there was a massive lack of any interesting action.

Much of the play took place around the centre of the park, with both sides looking unable to hurt the other.

Bedworth almost managed to take though lead though, with the chance being gifted to them by Boro keeper Jason White.

He spilled a low ball from the right, but fortunately Andy Milne managed to hack the ball away under the nose of striker Danny Dubidat.

White made amends for his error when he produced a save of true quality to keep out Dubidat’s shot on the turn.

Then Bedworth’s Chad Degville-Cross was freed up on the edge of the box, but a combination of Milne and Paul Foot managed to charge down his goalbound shot.

Foot was involved in Boro’s first real attack when he flicked a lofted free-kick goalwards. Keeper Sheridan Martinez looked less than convincing when he grabbed the ball at the third attempt.

Boro finally started to up the tempo in the final moments of the half and Bedworth started to creak.

Davidson found some space on the penalty spot to let fly on the volley, but his effort was bundled wide.

Then the hosts made the breakthrough. After a scramble in the box, the ball broke to Beadle and he forced the ball home from close range with Martinez strangely absent.

That was the perfect end to the first half, though it failed to cheer Boro boss Rudy Funk who had a face like thunder when he strode off to the changing room.

Boro soon began to control the game after the break, but they lacked a true predator in attack.

Beadle put himself about admirably though and he managed to force away a couple of attempts that were just off target.

Bedworth had the best opportunity of the early stages though when Luke Rowe collected a couple of yards from goal, but the winger managed to blaze over.

The action soon began to evaporate once again, leading Funk to change his hand as Liam Shepherd came on for a quiet Barlow.

The former Pickering man burst into the action and he could have made things safe for Boro on two occasions.

Firstly he was played in by the head of Bryan Hughes, but he stroked his shot just wide.

He got a little closer when he picked up the ball on the penalty spot, but this drive smacked against the post.

Things died off once again after this, with Bedworth seemingly losing any heart they had.

This allowed Boro to canter through the closing stages to another vital thre-point haul.