Match Preview: London Tigers (H) – League
By Leon Waite – @leonwaite98
United were subjected to the rather unfamiliar feeling of losing a match last weekend as despite holding Bovingdon to a 1-1 draw with ten men, a 4-3 defeat in the penalty shootout saw their progress in the League Challenge Trophy halted.
But one would hope a side capable of recording seven consecutive league victories- culminating in the award for SSML Premier Division team of the month- would have the resilience to bounce back swiftly.
And Emilio Gutierrez’ outfit responded on Tuesday night by taking their place in the Beds Senior Cup semi-final, courtesy of a 2-0 success over a club a step above them in the shape of Bedford Town.
Returning to league action this week, United go in pursuit of another win to help strengthen their position in the upper echelons of the table and they’re tasked with overcoming a slightly beleaguered London Tigers side.
The Tigers sit 18th after sixteen matches but it’s their recent concession of goals that will concern manager Naim Berisha and encourage Gutierrez and his staff.
Since mid-October, they have been beaten both 4-0 and 5-0 twice respectively and they were also ignominiously dumped out of the Premier Division Cup a few weeks ago in an 8-0 reverse against league leaders Biggleswade FC.
To compound matters, bottom side Stotfold have only managed to score less goals than the Northwood-based club so it has been a fairly dismal year so far. That record is primarily due to their home performances which have yielded just four goals and three points from six games compared to fifteen strikes and eleven points from their ten matches on the road.
United extended their unbeaten run against the Tigers- without conceding a goal- to five games when they triumphed 1-0 earlier in the campaign and the two teams face off once again at Second Meadow on Saturday, KO 3pm.