FOOTBALL: Ace Beard Wrecks His Old Mates

Coventry Evening Telegraph (England), November 13, 2002 | Go to article overview

FOOTBALL: Ace Beard Wrecks His Old Mates


Byline: JOHN HARRIS

Bedworth United 1 Rugby United 3

STRIKER Robbie Beard returned to his old stomping ground to score twice as Rugby deservedly came out on top in this entertaining Western Division derby.

Beard netted in each half and Danny Hall added a stunning third goal in injury-time to wrap up Rugby's first away win of the season after Craig Whitmore's penalty had reduced the deficit.

And Rugby manager Tony Dobson was quick to pay tribute to Beard who suffered a stomach muscle tear in Saturday's 3-0 defeat against Cirencester.

"Robbie was facing a month out after Saturday - and he will definitely be out a for a month now," said Dobson.

"Had it been anyone else but Bedworth he would not have played last night but he was desperate to face his old club and, although he was obviously not fit and was unable to use his pace, he was brilliant.

"We played some decent football on a difficult, soaked pitch and our defence was back to their best after Saturday's aberration."

But furious Greenbacks boss Ian Drewitt pulled no punches when he said. "That was the worst performance I've seen from a side of mine.

"We were in the game until one of their players produced a bad tackle, and from then on we didn't seem to want it."

Beard's goal-scoring ability was again a source of admiration and he and strike partner Justin Marsden formed a formidable partnership.

Both sides started well with Lee Middleton's strike well held by Dean Thomas in the visiting goal, while at the other end Hall sent a 30-yarder inches wide of the post.

Beard then went down on the edge of the area under Leigh Everitt's challenge, but from Hall's free-kick United goalkeeper McCauley Iyayi managed to grab the ball at the second attempt after two Rugby players looked certain to score. …

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