Match Preview: Biggleswade FC (H) – League
By Leon Waite – @leonwaite98
United made it eight consecutive league victories last weekend as a brace from Joe Hankins helped inspire them to a 4-0 win over London Tigers to prolong this phenomenal run stretching back to a 2-2 draw with Edgware Town in late October.
Emilio Gutierrez’s record in the league since taking the managerial reigns one match into this sequence of results remains flawless and he has presided over a period of form that has seen the club surge up to 4th in the table with 3rd firmly in their sights and 2nd looming tantalisingly.
Challenging top spot will prove more difficult as that space is occupied by this week’s opponent, who pose a tremendous threat to United’s run, local rivals and league leaders Biggleswade FC.
FC remain a club in its infancy but have made remarkable progress in such a short space of time and having placed 5th following promotion to this level last term, they have the title firmly in the sights with a two-point advantage at the top and two games in hand to extend that lead.
They have won fifteen of their seventeen league matches with a surprising early defeat at home to Bedfordshire neighbours Potton United and- like United- a 2-2 draw with Edgware the only occasions where the 2016/17 SSML Division One champions have failed to collect three points.
Most recently they travelled to 3rd place Hadley and departed Brickfield Lane with four unanswered goals that contribute to an incredible tally of fifty-six from their seventeen games- a figure unrivalled in the division.
United made an important psychological breakthrough as they knocked FC out of the Beds Senior Cup in October as the previous three meetings between the clubs had ended in home wins for FC- including a 4-1 triumph back in August- and a 1-1 draw last season.
So United have one home victory against their neighbours this year and will seek another to extend their winning run when the two teams meet at Second Meadow on Saturday, KO 3pm.