Goal-less thanks to Finlay’s stunning penalty save

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WOODFORD United’s three-match winning sequence came to an end with a goal-less draw in front of 87 spectators at Byfield Road on Saturday.

Things might have been worse but for a stunning penalty save late in the game from home goalkeeper Matt Finlay who dived low to his right to deny Craig Guzelis.

The spot-kick was conceded by Chris Jackson after the big central defender had tripped Alex Dean as an unwelcome sequel to his two goals in Woodford’s preceding two games.

Scoring chances were few and far between although Levi Ramsey went close early on for Bedworth while Neil King had a shot deflected round an upright for the Reds who now seemed certain to finish tenth in the Central Division table.

Meanwhile Bedworth moved on to Daventry on Tuesday night after the Town’s title hopes were dashed at the weekend by a shock 1-0 defeat at Aylesbury on a day when Arlesey, Hitchin and Biggleswade were all successful.

Just as they had done against Daventry recently, Rugby gave away three goals early on – this time in the first10 minutes – as Arlesey moved a step closer to the league championship.

Hitchin’s John Frendo is continuing to give Tom Berwick a run for his money in the “Golden Boot” award after both he and Zak Burke scored twice in the 5-1 demolition of Bedfont Town.

A hat-trick from Danny Burnell gave Slough a hard-fought 4-3 home win over new-look Northwood while Biggleswade were the day’s joint- biggest winners when putting five goals past Atherstone.

Soham Town who travel to Daventry this Saturday, were held to a goal-less draw by visitors AFC Hayes and there was a similar scoreline involving Marlow and Beaconsfield SYCOB.

Stuart Farrell scored the only goal of the game in Uxbridge’s victory over Barton Rovers with Ashford Town and Burnham sharing the spoils from a 2-2 result.