With Biggleswade United’s hopes of a giant killing dashed the week before at Hitchin Town, Cristian Colás’ side faced a potential banana skin in the FA Vase on Saturday with a first ever trip to Step 6 side, Whitton United. But the Second Meadow men remained focussed on the task at hand throughout the ninety minutes and returned home from their Suffolk outing with an emphatic 0-4 win and will now face another Suffolk side in the form of Wodbridge Town in the next round.
United started strongly and for the opening fifteen minutes their hosts were unable to live with the slick passing and disciplined defending. It therefore came as no surprise that their opening goal came as result of an intricate passing move around the Whitton area that was tucked away by Antonio Mitri from close range.
Within ten minutes United were 2-0 up courtesy of some hapless decision making by the Whitton full back and his ‘keeper that presented Kane Farrell with his first goal of the season. The keeper attempted to return a pass from his team mate only for the ball to curl away from him and Farrell was quick to react planting the ball in to the top of the net with 23 minutes gone.
Whitton then had their best spell of the game and leading upto the break were unlucky not to reduce the arrears as United ‘keeper, Tom Wyant was called upon twice to stop with his feet and then parry a strike from the edge of his box.
But on the stroke of half time the visitors took a 0-3 lead in to the break courtesy of unselfish play from Mitri. The Bedford based player was served up a goal scoring chance following a defence cutting pass from Sergio Urbano and as Mitri drew the ‘keeper to him, he sent the ball square to the to the unmarked David Iwediuno who notched his first goal in the number nine shirt by sliding the ball in to and empty net.
The second period saw United controlling the game with relative ease and despite their hosts making changes from the sidelines they never looked like posing a real threat to the United goal. Spanish defender, Carles Balboa was in outstanding form and alongside skipper, Lee Bilcock the Whitton strikers just could not find a way to breach the strong United defensive line.
With twenty to go United’s Nick Elliot came off the bench to replace the tiring Urbano and this sparked United in to a final flurry of activity. Elliot went close to making it four with a curling shot from the edge of the Whitton area and Iwediuno shook off his marker to get a shot away that was blocked on the line.
Sitting comfortably on their 3 goal lead, United were able to introduce substitutes Paul Donald and Jordan Wright both of whom have recently returned from injury and they were quickly in to the action with Donald contributing to United’s fourth and final goal in the 71st minute.
Controlled passing through the midfield was finished with a cross from Jake O’Neill to Mitri who kept a cool head to slot past the Whitton keeper to complete his brace and United’s fourth.
United travel to Tring Athletic on Saturday then play host to Division Two side, Pitstone and Ivinghoe, in the League Challenge Trophy at Second Meadow on Tuesday night. Kick Off 7.45pm.