Football: Butler Breaks Bridge Resistance ; Cambridge United 1 Butler Pen 71 Bamber Bridge 0 Half-Time: 0- 0 Attendance: 3,303
Lee, Marcus, The Independent (London, England)
A LITTLE over a decade ago they were strictly amateurs, playing on the local park pitches of Preston, but yesterday only a disputed penalty decision robbed Unibond League part-timers Bamber Bridge of taking their Second Division opponents to a deserved replay.
Martin Butler's contentious 72nd-minute spot-kick proved the difference between the two sides and Tony Greenwood, Bridge's manager, was naturally aggrieved.
"I thought we were cheated out of the game and I am gutted to lose to a dubious penalty," he said. "We were outstanding throughout the match and I couldn't have asked for any more."
Despite never previously going beyond the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup in their 47-year-history, Bridge caused havoc in the Cambridge ranks as they scrapped and battled throughout. Bridge kept the home side's three-pronged forward line at bay from the opening whistle, and by the end were ruing a hatful of missed opportunities during the first half.
Winger Peter Smith squandered a gilt-edged chance in the seventh minute when he screwed wide from 15 yards, and striker Andy Whittaker was also guilty of several misses.
Whittaker almost gave the visitors the lead in the 33rd minute when he capitalised on a wayward back pass by Martin McNeil, but Marc Joseph was able to avert the danger to an unguarded net. …
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