May 2 2012 By Tim Street
Southern League Central play-off semi-final Bedworth United 2-1 Uxbridge
TWO goals in the last 10 minutes at Bedworth United cruelly snatched away Uxbridge's dream of a Southern League play-off final last night.
Uxbridge had led for most of the game having taken a 13th minute lead but shipped an equaliser with 10 minutes left, before conceding the winner with just two minutes remaining.
It was Chris Moore who won the penalty that put Uxbridge in front, forcing Chris Tullin into a handball after latching onto Craig Tomkins' cross, and Michael Murray made no mistake from the spot.
As Bedworth fought back, Ashley Robinson headed wide from a Tom Bates corner, before Matthew Elleston-Bull saved Bates' free-kick, while down at the other end, home keeper Tom Cross saved well from Murray.
It was so nearly 2-0 midway through the half when Moore showed all the qualities which once saw Brentford sign him in League One, beating Cross with an absolute belter from 30 yards out which came back off the crossbar.
As half time approached, the hosts piled forward, and after Elleston-Bull saved a shot on the turn from Richard Wesley, Uxbridge had a real let-off when the unmarked Mitchell Piggon missed a point-blank header right in front of their goal.
Moore had the first chance after the break, worming his way through three home defenders before seeing his shot deflected wide, before Elleston-Bull saved a Bates effort from Ashley Spencer's sublime through-ball.
Next it was Bedworth's turn to hit the woodwork, Robinson striking the same crossbar Moore did with a stunner from the edge of the area, while at the other end, a great through-ball by Murray was almost finished by Mark Smith.
With time running out, it looked like Uxbridge would hold on, but they were finally breached when Elleston-Bull let an innocuous-looking Bates effort from a narrow angle just inside the area squirm under his body.
The stunned visitors look to reply, with Tomkins having a penalty appeal turned down and Murray nearly getting on the end of his own through-ball before Cross came out to smother.
Instead, it was Bedworth who broke their hearts with a late winner, sub Mark Bellingham latching onto a lovely ball from Bates to finish in style and shatter Uxbridge's dream.