United are at a 20-year low

PUBLISHED: 17:57 19 October 2006 | UPDATED: 11:03 06 May 2010

Biggleswade Utd 2 Kingsbury Tigers 5 UNITED S dismal start to the season continued on Saturday with a heavy home defeat at the hands of SML newcomers Kingsbury London Tigers at Second Meadow. United are now in the lowest league position they have experien

Biggleswade Utd 2 Kingsbury Tigers 5

UNITED'S dismal start to the season continued on Saturday with a heavy home defeat at the hands of SML newcomers Kingsbury London Tigers at Second Meadow.

United are now in the lowest league position they have experienced within the past 20 years - third from bottom.

Saturday's match was made all the more painful by the fact that United threw away a 2-0 lead within the space of five minutes.

Ross Kane headed United into the lead from a Robbie O'Dell corner in the 14th minute. And almost straight from the restart United went two up - Kane taking the ball from deep, dribbling through the Tigers' pack and slipping the ball through to the unmarked Holmes who slotted the ball past Tigers' Portugese keeper Randes Nunes.

Within three minutes the visitors pulled one back. A high ball over the United back line found Kye Davies wide on the right flank. Cutting in he drew United keeper Bobby Smith out of his six yard area and cheekily lobbed the ball over the stranded keeper to make it 2-l.

Two minutes later the Tigers went level - calls for offside by the now desperate United back line went unheard as Ivan Forbes collected another long ball. The highly skilful youngster, although looking to be on the wrong side of the United defence fired from 25 yards out. Smith managed to parry the ball away but only to the boot of Paulus Olisauskas who fired the ball into the back of the net.

Tigers' impressive front runners continued to cause United serious concern and in the 31st minute another lightening pace run from Forbes was brought to an abrupt end by O'Dell who received the first yellow of the day.

A powerful dead ball strike from Tarik Ellekhlifi found its way through the United wall and although Smith got a hand to the ball it slipped from his grasp and trickled over the goal line.

United's second half performance, however, summed up their season so far. Absences through work commitments meant that once again unfamiliar faces were required to form the last line and the Tigers took full advantage.

To make matters worse for the hapless back pack, Forbes, who was head and shoulders above the rest of the players on the park, scored a superb individual goal in the 72nd minute.

Rounding three United players he went one on one with last man Kane and although United's man of the match did all he could to keep Forbes at bay, Forbes' trickery proved too much and he simply skipped past Kane to side foot past Smith for 2-4.

The final ten minutes saw United try all they could to retrieve the match but it was pulled further from their reach in the final minute when Forbes fired in a low shot to send the Tigers home with all three points and send United in to the bottom three.

This Saturday United make the long trip to Aylesbury Vale and on Tuesday make an equally long journey to Tring Athletic in the Premier Division Cup.

United's Reserves start their defence of the Beds FA Intermediate Challenge Cup this Saturday at home to Cranfield United. Kick off 3pm.


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