Colney Heath downed at home as Biggleswade FC recover from FA Vase heartbreak

PUBLISHED: 21:42 09 January 2018

Joe Newton was a source of danger for Colney Heath.

 Picture: KARYN HADDON

Joe Newton was a source of danger for Colney Heath. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Biggleswade FC bounced back immediately from their FA Vase disappointment with a 2-0 win at Colney Heath.

Goals from Tom Coles and Tyler Ingram saw FC to the three Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division points, banishing any of the pain from the 2-1 defeat to Thatcham on Saturday.

For Heath it stretches their winless run in the league to five.

The opening goal came from the penalty spot - and as they usually are, it was much debated.

To be fair there may have been a case. It wasn’t so much whether it was a foul but whether it was inside or outside the box.

It was very close as Taishan Griffith cut inside from the right but the referee said in, something which didn’t change even after consultation with his linesman.

Meanwhile Coles waited and when he finally got the go-ahead, he stuck it away to the left of Steve Cunningham and into the corner.

That came on 16 minutes and almost lost in the debate was the loss of Isa Rotimi to a hamstring injury, something which caused a slight formation change for the Magpies.

It took them a little while to settle after it but despite FC passing the ball around for fun for most of the half, Cunningham was only really tested once; Taishan Griffith taking a touch inside the box after being set-up by Coles but failing to get any power in the shot.

And one plus point for Colney was the amount of ball given away by the visitors, and in dangerous areas.

They had their chances, most notably after a great turn and cross by Joe Newton found Tom Carter in the middle.

But he only got the slightest of touches when the thickest of contacts was needed.

Newton had the last chance of the half, again from a good cross, but he couldn’t get over the ball and it went over the bar.

Any home hopes that the break would bring in a change in the pattern of the game were soon forgotten.

Biggleswade started brightly and although Jack Woods was close twice in just a few seconds, it seemed likely that the visitors would be next to score.

Cunningham had already made an instinctive save from an Adam Hunt free-kick but he was beaten just before the hour by a stunning strike by Ingram from a good way out.

The Biggleswade midfielder almost scored again minutes later but Cunningham dived to his right to save and then Leavers fired well over from the resulting corner.

A double substitution didn’t help although a shot with 10 minutes to go could have made it interesting had Green not made the save.

But the only half chances that came in the final stages belonged to the visitors who closed the game out comfortably.

Colney Heath: Cunningham, Lewis, Carter (Byron 64), Doolan, Sedgley, Clarke-Mardel, Rotimi (Durdenec 17), Osborne (Hill 64), Woods, Carr, Newton

Sub (not used): Jones

Goals:

Biggleswade: Green, Hunt, Holmes, Marsh, Woodend, Lenton, Ingram, Ives, Leavers, Coles, Griffith

Subs (not used):

Goals: Coles (pen) 16, Ingram 59

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