Tie will have to be replayed
PUBLISHED: 10:25 19 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:27 06 May 2010
Football round-up THERE was a bizarre end to the Beds Senior Cup quarter-final tie between Arlesey Town and Potton United on Tuesday night. Ozie Foster had scored late on for the hosts to cancel out an early goal for Brett Donnelly, who began this season
THERE was a bizarre end to the Beds Senior Cup quarter-final tie between Arlesey Town and Potton United on Tuesday night.
Ozie Foster had scored late on for the hosts to cancel out an early goal for Brett Donnelly, who began this season 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.
Blues: Bussey, Dillnutt, Bloss, Capone (Hammond), Taylor (Hatchett), Cox, Beevor (Tekell), Gregson, Hay, Foster, Fehmi.
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.
Their reward is a visit to another SML side Biggleswade United, who were 1-0 winners at home to Southern League Bedford Town, in March.
P Exiled Stevenage Boro striker Anthony Elding left Broadhall Way this week with the expected parting shot at boss Graham Westley.
The 23-year-old had been frozen out by Westley following a series of bust-ups and joined Nationwide Conference North Kettering Town on Monday.
The deal is believed to be £40,000 - a club record for the Poppies - and is partly performance based. Boro have also secured a significant proportion of any future transfer fees.
Elding said: "All I ever wanted to do was play football and I have not been able to do that recently due to one man - Graham Westley."
Westley, in his exclusive monthly column for The Comet, said he had blocked Elding moving into the League or joining another Conference outfit.
He writes: "No matter how hard he fought, I refused to allow him to leave Stevenage for the Football League..
"...Ant finally managed to force me to let him go but I stuck to my guns.
".....I sincerely hope that Anthony learns a lot in this episode about teamwork."
With Elding and Michael Brough gone (to Forest Green Rovers), Westley is now looking to increase the size of his squad.
Boro entertain basement side Southport (Saturday) and old rivals Woking (Tuesday).
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