Whittlesford United suffer first home defeat

PUBLISHED: 14:48 28 September 2010




A BAD tempered but highly competitive match saw Whittlesford United slump to a two-nil defeat at the hands of bitter rivals Great Shelford.

Goals from Shane Roberts and Oli Bell, both ex-United players, either side of halftime did the damage.

And United left winger Chris Hunter was also sent off around the hour mark following an off the ball altercation to compound the misery.

It was United’s first home defeat of the season and despite the loss there was cause for optimism as they played the better football throughout most of the 90 minutes.

Windy conditions favoured the direct style of Shelford and they were able to carve out the two telling chances by peppering the home side’s defence with long balls.

United goalkeeper Sam Tomlinson was on his toes to save sharply early on. But the first goal came after both sides has squandered a number of set play chances to take the lead.

The home team were denied a penalty when Martin Turner nicked the ball past the on-rushing keeper and was up-ended by his outstretched arm.

Moments later the ball was catapulted up the other end for Oli Bell to flick on into the path of Shane Roberts who lashed the ball home.

After half time United gained control of possession but could not find a way through a stubborn Shelford back line.

After Hunter was given his marching orders the pace quickened and tackles flew in all over the pitch.

But the visitors stayed cool and managed to wrap up the three points late in the second period. Bell ran through the heart of the United defence and finished confidently.

Tomlinson made another late save to deny the visitors a flattering three-nil scoreline, but they left with the three points, leaving United in ninth place in the Kershaw Premier League with six games played.

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