Arlesey beat Stotfold in cup derby

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Arlesey took local bragging rights by knocking Stotfold out of the Beds Senior Cup on Tuesday.

In a lively derby encounter The Blues triumphed 4-2 in a match where their SSML Premier neighbours fully played their part.

The game started at a terrific tempo with both teams flying into tackles.

On four minutes the ball was played out of defence to Stotfold’s Drew Cardines deep in his own half he turned and ran and ran straight at the heart of the Arlesey defence.

It opened up in front of him and as he got to the edge of the box he struck his shot high into the roof of the Arlesey net despite the best efforts of the keeper.

Stotfold were now in the ascendancy and tried pressing home the advantage. A perfect centre from the right from Ben L’honore was only bobbled into the keeper’s arms by Mark Ellis with the goal at his mercy.

Then on 25 minutes, despite numerous Stotfold opportunities to clear the ball, it found its way from wide right to the far post where Dawkins had an easy tap in to level.

Arlesey took the lead just past the half hour when Dave Deeney’s free kick was was curled into the box and beat everyone including Stotfold keeper Nathan Godfrey and settled into the bottom corner.

Then with the last kick of the first half an Arlesey corner from the right was swung in and dropped at the feet of Beasley who scored his first goal for the club to give the Blues a generous two goal cushion.

Six minutes into the second period Stotfold were back in the game when a corner from the right fell to Michael White who forced his header over the line from close range.

The Eagles then enjoyed a period of domination of possession and territory as they went in search of the equaliser but it wasn’t to be and Wilson’s hard and low shot was deflected by Payne into his own goal with four minutes left to complete the scoring.

On Saturday Arlesey return to Southern League Division One Central duty when they host Aylesbury United. Stotfold are without a Saturday fixture but visit St Margaretsbury in the SSML Premier on Tuesday.