Whittlesford United go through after tense finish
PUBLISHED: 11:37 06 October 2010
UNITED produced a superb first half performance to ultimately hold off a determined Littleport side in the second round of the Premier League Cup.
Goals from Matthew Bell and Martin Turner made the difference in what was a tight contest between two evenly matched teams.
The home side were quickly into their stride and tested the Littleport keeper on a number of occasions but the visitors looked shaky.
United capitalised on this when Turner burst through the defence, he was forced wide and it appeared that the chance had gone, but he managed to get a cross in from the left by-line.
The ball floated to the back stick as Bell arrived late to stretch and nod into the roof of the net as the keeper scrambled across his goal.
Turner who led the line brilliantly deservedly added a second, when his marker allowed a long kick from keeper Sam Tomlinson to bounce. It defeated the centre-backs and Turner lobbed the keeper as he rushed from his line.
A string of chances followed but the hosts failed to kill the game off completely. Shaun Fleet, who gave his most impressive display to date in a more central role, twice went close in the box when well placed.
The visitors also cleared a chance off the line before hitting the bar at the other end themselves.
In the second half Littleport increased their determination and the tempo as they looked for a way back into the match.
With 15 minutes left they scrambled a goal from close range and from then on gave it a real go to find an equaliser.
However, United repelled most attacks as they protected their lead and held on to deservedly clinch a victory and a home tie against Eaton Socon or Ely Reserves in the next round.