Beds Senior Cup ties are full of drama
PUBLISHED: 10:32 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010
THERE was high drama in this week s Beds Senior Cup quarter-finals. Biggleswade United set up a home semi-final against Langford by knocking out Southern League Bedford Town. More than 200 fans watched Graeme Buchanan score the winner just before half-tim
THERE was high drama in this week's Beds Senior Cup quarter-finals.
Biggleswade United set up a home semi-final against Langford by knocking out Southern League Bedford Town.
More than 200 fans watched Graeme Buchanan score the winner just before half-time on Tuesday night.
There was a bizarre end to another quarter-final tie between Arlesey Town and Potton United.
Ozie Foster had scored late on for the hosts to cancel out an early goal for Brett Donnelly, who began this season playing at Hitchin Road.
But with extra-time looming, the match was abandoned as referee Graham Horwood was unable to continue due to a bad strain.
There was no replacement available and despite pleas to the crowd, the tie was called off.
The match was barely four minutes old when UCL Premier Division pacesetters Potton got off the mark.
Donnelly stabbed home from close range after a good flowing move.
Then a blistering strike from Donnelly was matched with a superb stop by Nick Bussey.
Arlesey had a goal disallowed for offside on 28 minutes, although the Royals were generally coping well with the home side's threat.
Potton continued to attack after the break and Bussey was again the Arlesey saviour as he parried a low shot from the right.
There was more purpose in Arlesey's play as they looked to break down a resilient Potton defence, whose offside trap was working well with the Blues repeatedly caught offside.
Then, on 89 minutes, sub Ben Hammond's cross was nodded in by Foster to level the scores and open up the prospect of extra-time before the drama with the officials.
The eventual winners will travel to Leighton Town, who beat Barton Rovers 3-1, in March.
Langford ripped up the formbook in a shock 4-1 win over Dunstable Town.
Ryan Quinn gave Kerry Dixon's side a second minute lead but Russell Bull equalised after 13 minutes.
Ben Smith's own goal put the Reds ahead after the break and late goals for Clive Woodland and Sam Luhman capped a glorious evening.
Potton and Biggleswade United both won 2-1 in league matches on Saturday.
The Royals struggled to beat lowly Long Buckby, late goals from new boy Ben L'Honore and Wes Byrne seeing them to victory.
Keith Thomas and Ross Kane netted as United won at fourth placed Hanwell and avenged a 6-1 home hammering back in September.
Biggleswade Town were beaten 3-1 at home by leaders Oxford City, Bobby Dance scoring a consolation.