Whittlesford United lose on the road
PUBLISHED: 14:13 13 October 2010
UNITED travelled to Littleport full of hope after beating them 2-1 in the cup just seven days before, but a poor performance resulted in no points for the visitors.
Powerful pair Nicky Barker and Ali Flack returned to the starting line-up and goalkeeper Sam Tomlinson put in a man of the match performance but it was not enough against a dominate town side.
United started brightly and enjoyed long spells of possession and used the ball well, with some excellent inter-changes down the right.
However it was the home side that created better chances from set plays as Tomlinson had to be at his best to save full length from a firm header.
Town should have done better from another couple of free headers before the visitors almost took the lead when Darren Newman flashed the ball across goal, only for it to be diverted over the bar by Matt Bell.
The game then descended into stalemate as the home midfield got on terms with their counterparts.
After the break the home side gambled tactically by moving the midfield higher up the pitch and the decision soon paid off.
Town were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the box which was whipped in. Tomlinson dived to make the save to his right but the ball fell kindly to the feet of the centre forward who prodded in.
Confidence levels visibly changed as the home side took complete control.
A second goal arrived on the hour mark when the visitors defence was again stretched with another break through the centre of the pitch.
Whittlesford conceded a free-kick centrally and from twenty five yards out the impressive Bartlett calmly stroked the ball passed the wall and into the right corner.
The closing stages saw United hold on as the home side stretched the defence to produce several more chances.
In the end the score remained two-nil, but in truth it could have been worse for United.
- On a brighter note, Whittlesford now have a new club badge and new kit with sponsor. The new emblem was designed by Eric and Hayley Weimar and was picked by the club’s committee out of several designs
The Latin at the bottom of the badge; ‘Fortus Que Fidelius’, translates as ‘Strength Through Loyalty’.