Heslam inspires United fight-back
PUBLISHED: 16:14 21 September 2010
A DOUBLE strike from James Heslam spurred Whittlesford into a superb fight-back after going two-nil down to league high-flyers Somersham Town.
With players sidelined by injury the striker was called into first team duty for Saturday’s Kershaw Premier Division fixture and repaid the manager’s faith two-fold.
United started the match poorly and found themselves two-down early on. The visiting strikers firstly rounded keeper Sam Tomlinson to tap in and then managed to poke the ball home from close range after United failed to clear a corner.
Following another frenzied 15 minutes United eventually settled into their stride and started to look threatening.
Crucially, they pulled one back before half time when winger Darren Newman whipped in a cross from the right side.
Shaun Fleet flung himself at the ball and unsettled two defenders, allowing space for Heslam to head in from a tight angle.
United continued to dominate in the opening exchanges of the second half and managed to not only equalise, but gain a 3-2 lead.
Darren Chamberlin broke through two tackles in the Somersham box and squared the ball across the face of the goal for Heslam to score his second.
Moments later Martin Turner broke through the heart of the visitors’ defence and chipped superbly into the net.
Making the most of their new-found confidence, United tore into Somersham and were unlucky not to be awarded a penalty. They then had a goal ruled out for offside.
The decisive forth arrived shortly after though.
Minutes after Tomlinson had made a fingertip save for the home side, Toby Dawson spun in a superbly weighted cross for left back Craig Swan to poke over the line for 4-2.
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