Waders edge out Arlesey in Red Insure Cup

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Biggleswade Town edged out Arlesey Town in sudden death penalties in the Red Insure Cup on Tuesday night.

The two sides were locked together at 1-1 at full time at the Carlsberg Stadium although the Blues squandered a golden chance to win it in the final moments.

That sent the tie to spot kicks. Both keepers - Waders’ Ian Brown and Arlesey’s Nick Thompson - saved one kick apiece to see things level at 4-4 after the first ten kicks.

On it went to sudden death, and the next three kicks were missed leaving Ian Rees to convert the winning spot kick, making it 5-4.

It was a cup tie that had plenty of endeavour for the 17 strong crowd to enjoy but lacked the passion and fiesty atmosphere you often see in clashes between the two sides.

Biggleswade, naming several of their U18 side in the starting 11 and on the bench, had the better of the first half opportunities. Inih Effiong looked lively down the right against his former club and on 25 minutes was put clean through, only for Thompson to block his shot and gather.

However it was the visitors from Division One Central who took the lead on the half hour. Ben Farrell attempted to lob Brown from outside the area, the ball hit the post and when it came back across the box Farrell steamed in to score from close range.

That lead only lasted seven minutes. A back pass to Thompson fell short and Effiong nipped in to round the keeper and score with ease.

The second half saw neither side able to break the deadlock. For Waders Tony Burnett had a shot blocked from close in, while clever work from Lee Northfield saw him go through into the box but he was thwarted by an excellent tackle,

Then in the closing minutes Arlesey’s Nathan Olukanmi was put through on goal with just Brown to beat, but he hesitated and chose to pass rather than shoot and the chance was gone.

On Saturday Biggleswade are without a game as scheduled opponents Bideford are in FA Trophy action. They are back at home on Tuesday when county rivals Dunstable Town are the visitors in the Southern League Premier.

Arlesey Town have back to back home games in the Southern League Division One Central - hosting Fleet Town on Saturday before they welcome Bedford Town on Tuesday.