United secure third cup semi-final spot

PUBLISHED: 09:33 01 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 May 2010

Potton United’s hotshot Steve Kuhne

Potton United’s hotshot Steve Kuhne

Biggleswade United made it a hat-trick of cup semi-finals on Tuesday night. They progressed through in the Hunts Premier Cup with an excellent 2-0 victory over UCL side St Neots Town. Putting aside their indifferent league form, they overcame a new-look S

Biggleswade United made it a hat-trick of cup semi-finals on Tuesday night.

They progressed through in the Hunts Premier Cup with an excellent 2-0 victory over UCL side St Neots Town.

Putting aside their indifferent league form, they overcame a new-look Saints and dreadful weather conditions to make it through to a semi-final against one of three opponents - Ely City, Biggleswade Town or Langford.

Martin Russell headed United into the lead 10 minutes from time.

A superbly delivered free-kick from Gary Jackson was finished off equally well by Russell as he rose to head home.

In the final minute United had the last word. An incisive pass from Jackson found Rhys Cannella who cut into the area where he was met by a flying tackle from a Saints defender. From the resulting penalty, Robbie O'Dell returned his name to the United scoresheet to secure the tie.

United's players and supporters were left completely dumbfounded by the additional 12 minutes of injury time played in one of the season's most important SML Premier Division fixtures for the Second Meadow side on Saturday.

Without any major injuries throughout the second period, referee Francis managed to find enough time for Colney Heath to grab an equalising goal in the final seconds to leave United with just a point.

The hosts went ahead with their first attack. Only two minutes in, James Slack snapped up a loose ball in the middle of the park and slipped it through for Cannella to send a perfect strike past Magpies' keeper Dominic Spong.

Amazingly in the 12th minute of injury time, the visitors grabbed an equaliser as sub Martin Standen stabbed the ball home.

To rub salt into the wound, as soon as United had kicked the ball to restart, the final whistle blew.

Veteran marksman Steve Kuhne was in outstanding form as Potton United handed S&L Corby a seven-goal drubbing at The Hollow on Saturday.

The damage was done in the first half as Potton ran in six unchallenged goals.

Kuhne kicked off the goal spree on 11 minutes, with Paul Garrett adding a second after 20 minutes.

And Kuhne made it three eight minutes later with Lee Allinson finding the visitors' net 60 seconds later.

Kuhne took his interval tally to four with goals after 34 and 45 minutes and completed his nap hand on the hour.


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