Rini pounces at the death to down United

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Biggleswade United were left crushed by a 94th minute winner from Colney Heath substitute Ashley Rini after having dominated for 80 per cent of the game and their hosts having only a handful of shots at Brandon Thompson’s goal.

United were without Nyasha Sagwete at the heart of the defence but Ollie Peters was back in the lineup alongside skipper Martin Russell, however neither of the two central defenders could do anything about the opening goal from Magpies’ Jordan Willmore in the 18th minute.

A shot cum cross caught the heel of a United player in the packed area, the ball spun up, hit the upright and continued spinning like a top as it trickled over the line for 1-0 to the hosts.

The second period opened with Cookman getting behind the Magpies’ back line and pulling the ball back to Adam Sartini; the former Hitchin Town player fired low but Olliver Leslie managed to tip the ball over the crossbar.

The travelling contingent had to wait until the hour mark before a run down the left flank by United’s man of the match, Matt Cooper, saw the youngster outpace two defenders and cross to Cookman who slipped the ball to Adam Drakulic. With Leslie bearing down on him, Drakulic managed to keep a cool head and drilled the ball under the keeper’s body to get his side on level terms.

Several further chances fell to United as they pushed for the winner, but it was Colney who snatched the points deep into stoppage time.

With almost the final kick of the game, what seemed to be a fairly innocuous floated free-kick found Rini completely unmarked and he had the simple task of just tapping the ball home with his head to give Colney Heath their first points of the season and leave United completely shell shocked.

United will have to put the memory of this game to the very back of their minds as they take on Southern League side Chalfont St Peter in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Second Meadow side are hoping that the local Biggleswade community come and give their support as they look to progress to the next round which will see them on the road to Ryman Premier Division side Grays Athletic and with a £1,950 cheque in their pocket.