Early goal sees Reds off to a flying start

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BEDFONT Town climbed out of the Central Division relegation zone when taking a point off Woodford United under the noisy Heathrow Airport flightpath on Saturday.

The visitors got off to the best of starts when Bedfont gifted them a goal in the second minute. A stray defensive header from Aaron Goode presented Woodford’s Chris Davies with the chance to volley home an early advantage.

Play became scrappy after that although Neil King almost doubled the Reds’ advantage with a header which hit the crossbar. Bedfont too had their misfortunes as a Carl Thomas shot hit both posts.

The equaliser came late on when a low cross landed in the path of Bedfont’s Tryone Sealey who fired in from eight yards to give a crowd of only 64 something to shout about.

Elsewhere there were four single goal victories accredited to Fleet Town, struggling Leighton Town, Chalfont St. Peter and AFC Hayes who pulled off the day’s biggest shock with victory over pre-season title-favourites St Neots Town.

The Saints, currently trying to sign former England midfield player Lee Hendrie, succumbed to a last-minute winner from Matt Woods. A goal in the dying seconds from substitute Chris Fairless also gave Fleet the three points against North Greenford.

Lewis McBride was on the scoresheet as Leighton Buzzard beat Marlow while Sam Spencer missed a penalty as Barton Rovers went down by the only goal at Chalfont St. Peter.

Newly-promoted Chertsey kept up the good work with a 2-1 home win over improving Northwood while there were four goals apiece for league leaders Biggleswade Town, nearest challengers Bedworth United and Burnham.

Scott Field netted twice in Biggleswade’s 4-1 defeat of Ashford Town with ex-Daventry Town midfield player Tom Bates on target in Bedworth’s 4-0 defeat of Beaconsfield.

Jordan Dowdican scored a hat-trick in Burnham’s 4-3 win at Aylesbury.