United determined to bounce back after cup defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:46 16 November 2010

Whittlesford Utd FC vs Hardwick.

Whittlesford.

November 13, 2010.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the first half.

Whittlesford Utd FC vs Hardwick. Whittlesford. November 13, 2010. Photograph by Michael Boyton. Pic shows: Action from the first half.

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UNITED go into a fierce local derby against Great Shelford this Saturday straight after being dumped out of the Cliff Bullen Challenge Cup at the hands of Hardwick.

Whittlesford Utd FC vs Hardwick.

Whittlesford.

November 13, 2010.

Photograph by Michael Boyton.

Pic shows: Action from the first half.

Whittlesford United 2 Hardwick FC 5

UNITED go into a fierce local derby against Great Shelford this Saturday straight after being dumped out of the Cliff Bullen Challenge Cup at the hands of Hardwick.

A 5-2 thumping in round one of the cup, which the home side would have expected to do well in, has caused concern but United are determined to bounce back.

After conceding two early goals in front of a 50-strong crowd, it was an uphill task for the hosts who currently sit twelfth in the Kershaw Premier League but with three games in hand over most of their rivals.

Sam Sabey did the early damage, making the most of poor defensive work for his first, before hitting an unstoppable drive for his second.

Two became three via a scrappy corner which United failed to clear. But the home side pulled one back just before half time with full back Craig Swan converting a penalty after a cynical foul.

After the break United hauled themselves back into contention through a sublime move finished with a delicious side-footed volley from top scorer Martin Turner. He now has eight this season.

However Hardwick wanted to make the second round more, and pulled away when United goalkeeper Sam Tomlinson flapped at a corner and the ball was bundled over the line.

A fifth and final goal for the visitors arrived via a deflected free kick from the edge of the box after Conor Lynch was judged to have fouled whilst jumping for a header.

To add insult to injury the home side also picked up four bookings, two of which could have been red cards on another day.

Club spokesman Paul Tibble said: “In the end Hardwick, who arrived and stuck with a game plan, were worthy winners.

“The home side were second best, not for the first time, having being suckered into a physical battle rather than concentrating on their strengths”.

Next: United are away to Great Shelford. Kick off 2pm.

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