A late goal from Mark Ellis saw Stotfold see off Kempston Rovers 1-0 in the Beds Senior Cup on Tuesday.
On a chilly evening the game started briskly as both sides went into full attack mode. Straight from the kick off Kempston bore down on goal and and stung the palms of Adam Harpur in the Stotfold goal with a close range snap shot.
Then the Eagles went straight up the other end won a corner which resulted in a Dan Harper header going just over the bar. Then ensued a 20 minute period of real end to end traditional cup football. Jake Long from right full back cut in on his left and tested the keeper, then the Kempston no 11 headed over from close range with the goal gaping.
More end to end cup football ensued with Kumanie Scarlett going closest with a wicked volley that dipped just over the bar and a couple of last ditch tackles from Jake Long and Ryan Ellis kept the half time score at 0-0.
Into the second half the night time temperature may be dropping but the heat and intensity of the game certainly. First Scarlett got free only to see his shot come back off the keeper then sub Aeden Gaffney hit a speculative long range effort which dipped in front of the keeper making it awkward.
Kempston were pressing trying to make things happen the other end but the clearer chances were falling Stotfold’s way.
Then in the 78th minute the breakthrough came as Drew Cardines ran at the left full back twisting and turning, he found half a yard and crossed. Kumanie swung and missed only for Mark Ellis to make a late run on the back post and smash home from close range.
It’s the cup and Kempston were never going to lie down and they pressed looking for the equaliser. But Stotfold put men behind the ball and battled hard for the last 10 minutes to get the well deserved win with another good team performance.