United win after squad holds 'clear the air talks'

PUBLISHED: 14:10 14 December 2010

Darren Newman on the ball for Whittlesford United

Darren Newman on the ball for Whittlesford United

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DESPITE going one down to an early strike United never looked like they were going to lose as they injected some fresh energy and enthusiasm into a stuttering season.

Martin Turner on the ball for United

Whittlesford United 3 Ely City Res 2

DESPITE going one down to an early strike United never looked like they were going to lose as they injected some fresh energy and enthusiasm into a stuttering season.

After the squad held clear the air talks last Saturday because no game was scheduled it was a far more determined side led out by captain Ali Flack on Saturday.

Goals from Mark Johnston, Matt Glass and last minute winner from Martin Turner gave the home side all three points and moved them in the right direction in the Kershaw Premier League.

United should have been ahead in the first ten minutes after Glass was put clean through, only for the ball to bobble just he was about to pull the trigger.

Matt Bell then struck a brutal shot across the opposition keeper only for it to hit the left hand post. Moments later Ely counter-attacked and grabbed a shock half time lead.

After the break the home side started slowly but were then inspired by keeper Sam Tomlinson. The 26-year-old pulled off a series of fine saves – including a full length stop to his right denying a fierce drive.

The improved home side found an equaliser through Johnston after some excellent wing play from Darren Newman. The midfield man finished neatly at the near post.

But United again squandered possession, and the initiative, when a sloppy midfield ball found its way to an Ely striker who put the visitors back in front with a shot from distance.

Moments later Flack was forced off with an injury after putting in a vital block with the game evenly balanced.

United feared it might be one of those days when a chance fell to Bell who chipped the keeper only to clip the underside of the bar before the ball was scrambled clear.

The visitors’ relief was short lived as again Newman spilt the defence with a superb sixty-yard ball to feet and Glass sped away before finishing with aplomb.

With the game drawing to a close there was time for United top scorer Turner to have the final say. He found some space in the box and turned and finished in a flash to move his side up to ninth in the league.

Next: United travel to Hundon this Saturday. Kick off 2pm.

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