Biggleswade United beat Stotfold in holiday derby

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The 120+ crowd were treated to a Christmas cracker at Roker Park on Bank Holiday Monday with Biggleswade United beating Stotfold 3-2 thanks to a brace from Tom Cookman and one from Kane Farrell.

From the first whistle it was edge of the seat entertainment with the visitors edging the opening exchanges.

United’s midfield trio of Lee Bilcock, Matt Cooper and Mohammed Hashim ruled the roost which provided the service to United’s wide men, Lucas Joyce and AJ Ajeakwa.

With ten minutes gone a flurry of strikes ricocheted around the Stotfold area and finally stopped at the feet of United hotshot, Cookman, and he made certain from six yards out.

Stotfold looked to get themselves back on level terms. Drew Cardines was proving a handful down the left flank and set up striker Ben L’Honore in the 14th minute but his strike was palmed away by keeper, Michael Johnson, on loan from Hitchin in the absence of the holidaying Joachin Martos and Adam Counihan.

Once again the play swung up to the United end and Johnson pulled off a magnificent save to deny a long range strike from Jaiden Irish bringing a round of applause from the crowd.

United had a final flurry of chances that should have yielded more goals including a disallowed strike from Sagwete for off side and had to settle for a narrow lead at the interval.

The home side were level thanks to a 57th minute equaliser from leading striker L’Honore. Louis Taylor set him up and he was given time and space to turn and plant the ball wide of Johnson and into the net for 1-1.

Ten minutes later Hashim had a hat-trick of golden chances to give the visitors the lead but he scooped the first up and over when clear on goal, and Harpur denied him twice.

It was therefore left to Cookman to score in the 77th minute. An excellent run down the right side by Ajeakwa pulled the defence to full stretch. He squared to Cookman to score.

But the best was yet to come. In the 83rd minute Farrell got a third for the visitors when he started and finished off a move that saw almost every United player play a part. The visitors moved the ball from left to right to left again and having started the move, Farrell was then on hand to curl the ball past Harpur for 3-1.

The hosts mustered a final flourish and in the dying minutes substitute Harry Orr pulled one back from close in from a ball lofted into the box.

The visitors held on to clinch victory in a tight game and make it seven wins from eight.