United continue good start with FA Cup victory

editorial image

Long Eaton United booked their place in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup as goals from Shaun Rickford and Michael Armstrong helped them overcome Loughborough University 2-1 on Saturday.

In the opening exchanges it was the Blues, who lead the early Midland Football League table, that were more alive and Brad Wells had a shot saved by the hosts after just two minutes.

It didn’t stop there as the visitors laid siege on the hosts‘ goal, Rickford and Ross Parker going close from corners.

The game became a midfield battle for a few minutes but in the 25th minute the Blues took the lead, Paolo Piliero with a corner on the left and Rickford smashing home with a bullet header.

United took their foot off the gas though and the hosts came back into it Webb and Gray forcing two great saves from Scott Low.

The minutes ran out for the hosts as the Blues must have rued their missed chances and Loughborough failed to pull level.

The second-half was, as expected, a real cup tie as both sides went hell for leather with both picking up bookings each.

Loughborough were rampant and on 65 minutes Dasolie forced a great save from Low who got fingertips to push the ball round his left hand post.

United seemed to be struggling to keep possession and manager Charlie Palmer was screaming for the side to keep the ball.

A slip by the United midfield then led to the equaliser as Webb was allowed time to pick his spot from just outside the area to level the tie.

It was a huge test of character for Palmer and his men and they responded almost straight from the kick-off. Tom Cooper-Richards played the ball back to Haynes who found Armstong in a yard of space, the midfielder dropping his shoulder and firing in a unstoppable shot past O’Keefe in the Boro goal.

The hosts went four up front for the last ten minutes of the game but the United defence and midfield stood strong to put the Blues through.

United will play rivals Basford of Evo-Stik Division One South in the next round