New-look Biggleswade United made a winning league start to life under manager Cristian Colas with a 1-0 win at home to Holmer Green on Saturday.
United recorded the League’s highest gate of the day with 103 passing through the turnstiles. And the spectators didn’t go away disappointed with several asking when the season tickets go on sale!
The football was – for the most part – slick and pacey despite the heat and the occasion. Both sides introduced new faces to their line up with United’s Nick Elliott, Adam Sartini, James Cooper, Matt Cooper and keeper Joachin Martos clearly wanting to make an early impression on the Biggleswade crowd. And it was James Cooper who had the early chance to give the hosts the lead with a headed attempt from Elliott’s corner.
Adam Drakulic tried his luck from distance in the 23rd minute while at the other end Holmer’s prolific goalscorer, Andy Shed, was finding it tough to find a passage past Martin Russell and Ollie Peters.
However, the real artistry was played out in the middle of the park where James Chisholm and Hector Bateller went toe to toe with Holmer’s Eliot Derby and Gary Lines and the foursome certainly kept the crowd enthralled with some excellent football.
But there was little in the way of goalmouth chances and although Holmer’s Montel Joseph was probably the busier of the two custodians – the sides went in at deadlock.
United started the brighter of the two sides and James Cooper went one on one only to see Joseph palm a low drive away for a corner. In the 53rd minute United’s Nyasha Sagwete found himself unmarked in the Holmer area but for reasons only known to himself, chose to square the ball to no one knows who and the crowd were equally dumbfounded.
But the United defender certainly made amends six minutes later when a deft chip from Chisholm caught the Holmer back line square and Sagwete rose above three defenders to chest / shoulder the ball past a despairing Joseph to give United the lead.
Holmer’s response was swift and three minutes later Mortas managed to scramble away a strike from Shed who had managed to slip through the United back line.
The final fifteen minutes had everything. A brilliant one handed save from Joseph denied Bataller and the Holmer contingent believed they had equalised when a Danny West header beat Mortas only for Russell Clark to clear off the line with his head. Shed went close again with three minutes remaining and in the final minute of the game man of the match James Cooper was again denied by Joseph.
United Head Coach, Cristian Colas, admitted there is still a lot of hard work to do but praised his squad for the commitment shown through out pre-season and was pleased to get his first three English points under his belt.