Whittlesford United into the semi-finals

PUBLISHED: 12:04 10 November 2010

From left, Whittlesforcaptain Ali Flack, chairman Grant Baker, president George Rusted, chairman of the Millennium Group June Bater and Whittlesford keeper Sam Tomlinson

From left, Whittlesforcaptain Ali Flack, chairman Grant Baker, president George Rusted, chairman of the Millennium Group June Bater and Whittlesford keeper Sam Tomlinson

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AN EXTRA-TIME winner from Martin Turner bumped United into the Cambs Premier League cup semi-finals - but that success was not the only good bit of news.

Prior to kick-off on Saturday the club were also given a cash boost amounting to £1275 which will go towards general running costs and help out enormously.

The donation came from the Whittlesford Memorial Hall Millennium Group which has worked hard to bring in the cash via a number of events to support all clubs and organisations within the village.

The cash provided an added boost and incentive for the players and feeling that the community is behind them they produced on the pitch – but it took 120 minutes to divide the teams.

With United missing three first team players the visitors were allowed to start the game well – creating chances and looking threatening after a win at Great Shelford last week.

With the home defence continually being stretched and out numbered it was up to goalkeeper Sam Tomlinson to make some excellent saves, one of which involved him diving full length to his right, pushing the ball up and over the upright.

However moments later the home side failed to heed the numerous warning shots and an overlap, this time on the left, was converted when a low near post cross was comfortably put away with a neat volley.

One-nil down United finally got going and launched themselves into comeback mode after half time.

Making his third appearance new striker Matthew Glass continued his run of scoring in every game by turning up the heat just as the temperature was dropping.

The striker was found by an excellent ball from Matt Bell. As the opposition keeper rushed from his line, Glass rounded him before steadying himself and finishing with a low drive.

Both teams started to tire and the prospect of extra-time was always on the cards as chances became a premium in the closing stages.

The home side took control during the extra 30 minutes and dominated. Turner then popped up and scored the decisive goal, but it was not without an element of luck.

After great work in beating three defenders the striker cut in on his left and hit a cross-come-shot which the keeper thought was going wide.

The ball dribbled past the keeper and to everyone’s surprise nestled in the bottom corner – sending United into raptures and into the next round.

United will be at home against either the winners of Lakenheath v Hardwick or Waterbeach in the last four.

They have a home tie against Hardwick in the Cliff Bullen Challenge Cup this Saturday. Kick off 1.45pm.

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