Five-star Whittlesford cruise through cup tie
PUBLISHED: 15:01 19 October 2010
UNITED demolished lower league opposition on Saturday as they progressed to the next round of the Bullen Challenge Cup.
Two goals from Mark Johnston, and one each for Nicky Barker, Conor Lynch and Martin Turner did the damage as the home side cruised to a five-one win.
Before the tie Soham sat one league below the hosts but were in second place with just one league defeat – however they were left to contemplate how tough life might be should they gain promotion.
United rested Toby Dawson, Craig Swan and Matt Bell and took a while to settle into their stride as Soham produced a string of early chances but failed to score.
The home side punished the visitors when Lynch nodded in at the near post from a corner after superbly evading his marker.
It remained one-nil until half time although centre forward Turner should have made it two following a fine run – however the finish was weak.
United woke from their sedate start in the second half and finally got motoring. Turner started to look threatening although he frustrated the home crowd by wasting excellent build up play with a number of poorly executed chips.
However, he atoned when he outpaced a couple of defenders latching onto a through ball, the trailing centre-back then brought him down as he prepared to pull the trigger.
Johnston stepped up to coolly pass the ball into the right-hand corner from the spot kick.
Barker then added the third and his first since 2009. He won the ball in midfield and surged through the heart of the Soham defence before clinically finishing with a left footed finish into the bottom corner.
Turner then hit a fourth as he again outpaced the defence down the inside right channel. He delicately lifted the ball over the keeper as he went to ground.
Soham pulled one back with a header before United finished their five-star performance.
Left footed, Johnston volleyed home inside the box for his brace and to seal a tricky tie in the next round against Hardwick.
If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Saffron Walden Reporter. Click the link in the orange box above for details.