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Dale Eve powerless to prevent new side Bedford suffering defeat on debut

New recruit: Bermuda goalkeeper Dale Eve alongside Bedford Town manager Paul Davis after joining the club on dual registration from Hereford (Photograph courtesy of Bedford Town)

Dale Eve could not prevent Bedford Town from suffering defeat on his debut as his new club went down 3-1 at home against Hednesford Town in the Pitching Southern League Premier Division Central.

The Bermuda goalkeeper, who only signed for the club on Friday after joining on dual-registration terms from Hereford, made a number of important saves but was powerless to prevent his side going down 3-0 in the first half courtesy of goals from Kyle Bennett, Riley O’Sullivan and Danny Glover.

Eve was called into action on a number of occasions after the interval to keep the score down before Charley Sanders grabbed a consolation for Bedford in the dying seconds of the game,

Despite the defeat, manager Paul Davis spoke of his delight at the addition of Eve to his squad.

“Dale arrives at the Eyrie highly recommended,” he said. “He is a big, agile keeper who has recent experience of step two. He has international games under his belt and we welcome him to the club.”

Nahki Wells and Bristol City played out a 1-1 draw at home against fellow Sky Bet Championship side Swansea City to earn a replay in the FA Cup Third Round.

The visitors were gifted the lead on 15 minutes when Rob Atkinson's awful pass went straight to Liam Cullen, who presented Joel Piroe with a tap-in, but after a dominant second-half display, Bristol City were rewarded when Antoine Semenyo headed home an equaliser with 15 minutes remaining.

Wells almost snatched victory late but was denied by a smart save from Swansea goalkeeper Steven Benda.

Willie Clemons was forced off with an early injury during Braintree Town’s 3-1 defeat away to promotion-chasing Havant and Waterlooville in the Vanarama National League North.

The home side went ahead in the 26th minute through Muhammadu Faal only for Jobn Benton to level in the 37th minute.

The home side regained control after the interval with Charlie Ruff putting his team back in front just two minutes after the restart before Faal grabbed his second in the 56th minute to seal all three points.

There was also defeat for Justin Donawa and Solihull Moors, who were comprehensively beaten 3-0 away at Southend United in the Vanarama National League.

Jason Demetriou broke the deadlock in the 19th minute, with second-half goals from Harry Cardwell and Jack Bridge wrapping up proceedings.

In the National League North, Kole Hall and his fourth-placed Chester team settled for a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw away to fellow promotion chasers Brackley Town.

Kurt Willoughby gave Chester the lead in the seventh minute but second-placed Brackley levelled in the 53rd minute through Callum Stead to claim a point.

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Published January 09, 2023 at 1:46 pm (Updated January 09, 2023 at 5:53 pm)

Dale Eve powerless to prevent new side Bedford suffering defeat on debut

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