‘The Magic of the FA Cup’ lived up to the hype at Second Meadow on Saturday as Biggleswade United came back from a first half goal deficit to secure a 2-1 victory.
It was a game full of high drama that had the 100+ crowd rooted to their seats throughout.
The game was only three minutes old when visitors, Desborough Town, sent shock waves through the home side supporters as Aiden Bradshaw sent a cross flashing through a crowded area but Ar Tarn’s Ben Sunderland arrived a fraction too late to connect.
But it was Sunderland who sent a perfect cross in to the box in the 21st minute for striker Luke Cummings to power home a header past United’s Joachin Mortas for 1-0.
United took time to settle and it wasn’t until the 29th minute that Ar Tarn’s keeper Ash Foulger was forced to deal with any real danger when a long range strike from James Chisholm was punched away by Foulger.
Just before the interval the visitor’s custodian was called upon again to prevent an equaliser when James Cooper rose above his marker but headed straight in to Foulger’s arms.
A revitalised United took to the field in the second period and within ten minutes of the restart former Southend United scholar, Kane Farrell, sent a stunning strike crashing against the visitor’s crossbar.
The play was now all in the Desborough half as United piled on the pressure dominating the midfield completely. With 68 minutes on the clock the crowd were treated to one of the best goals that will be seen at Second Meadow this season and will certainly go in to United’s Adam Drakulic’s scrap book of memories. Cutting in from the left his 30 yard strike fizzed over the Desborough back line and flew in to the top corner of Foulger’s net to leave the crowd stunned.
And with ten minutes of normal time remaining man of the match Nyasha Sagwete capped a superb display by being in the right place at the right time to stab home a parried strike from Martin Russell to take make it 2-1.
The final minutes had the United fans holding their breath as Desborough went for broke but the final whistle could not have been sweeter as United go in to the next round with a home tie against Chalfont St Peter on Saturday, August 29.