Biggleswade FC 4-1 Arlesey Town - FC go top with derby dominance over lacklustre Arlesey
PUBLISHED: 16:56 24 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:57 24 November 2018
Biggleswade FC sunk Arlesey Town 4-1 on Saturday, with a dominant second-half seeing them go top of the league.
Arlesey were no match for the new league leaders at Langford Road, and saw their winning run ended as FC strengthened their title hopes with an overwhelming display.
With Biggleswade sitting second and Arlesey fourth – six points behind - in the Spartan South Midlands Premier ahead of the clash, both sides were determined to strengthen their title challenge and continue their searing form.
The game kicked-off at a high pace, and though Biggleswade looked to be winning the midfield battle, the visitors went ahead after six minutes.
Lorrell Smith turned Benat Pena and burst through one-one-one with Ross Tompkins, holding off the scrambling defence to slot coolly into the bottom corner.
FC responded and began to dominate, but they were repeatedly caught offside. The hosts lacked precision in the final third and their possession went to waste – though Arlesey had offered nothing after their goal.
Biggleswade came out determined for the second half and played at a fierce tempo, turning the game around inside 10 minutes of the restart.
First, Lee Northfield fired into the top corner from a low Alex Marsh cross on the break, before Tom Cookman’s flick allowed Marsh to complete the turnaround with a tap-in on the line.
FC overwhelmed the Blues, who didn’t force a chance in the second half. Ryan Inskip made it 3-1 with a low drive after speeding into the box before Justin Leavers chipped into an empty net after Ponting had rushed off his line to block Marsh.