Blues out, United in
Cup football round-up THE last remaining chance of silverware for Arlesey Town this season has disappeared. The Blues exited the Beds Senior Cup in the semi-finals at Leighton Town on Tuesday night. Two extra-time goals saw the hosts go through and book a
Cup football round-up
THE last remaining chance of silverware for Arlesey Town this season has disappeared.
The Blues exited the Beds Senior Cup in the semi-finals at Leighton Town on Tuesday night.
Two extra-time goals saw the hosts go through and book a final date with Biggleswade United, who were 2-0 winners over their local rivals Langford at Second Meadow.
This win saw United through to their second senior county cup final in five years.
The venue for the final against the Southern League Division One East Leighton side is ironically Arlesey Town's Hitchin Road ground on Tuesday, May 2.
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United's final appearance will be memorable for its own slice of local footballing history.
Only one club in the 112-year history of the Beds FA had previously achieved county cup final places for both their first team and reserve team in the senior and the intermediate cups respectively.
The reserves' 1-0 victory over Brache Sparta on Saturday saw the Biggleswade club achieve the same feat.
The first was celebrated by Kempston Rovers nearly 30 years ago in the 1976-7 season.
Tuesday night's game went to form with United, seventh in the SML Premier Division, dominating for long periods against their struggling league rivals.
A goal-line clearance from Langford's Pete Saunders from a Martin Russell header ensured the sides went in 0-0 at the break.
United continued to carve out opportunities but it took until the 62nd minute for Robbie O'Dell to break the deadlock.
O'Dell fired home an unstoppable low strike from 15 yards out to the far corner of the net to give United a deserved lead.
A second goal for United 10 minutes from time decided the issue.
A mazy run from O'Dell on the left flank ended with the striker squaring the ball to skipper Gary Jackson to tap over from close range.