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SB United ease into the last 16 of the Middlesex Cup, reports Andrew McGowan

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Middlesex County Cup Round 1
Shepherds Bush United FC 2 - 1 Lord Hill FC

Shepherd’s Bush United eased into the last 16 of the Middlesex Cup on Sunday October 27, but made heavy weather of a willing but limited Lord Hill FC before overcoming them 2-1.

On a blustery morning at Southfields, the visitors got off to the worst possible start when an underhit backpass seconds after the kick-off was seized upon by United’s George Moore, who got off a shot from a narrowing angle; the goalkeeper parried his effort into the path of the onrushing Nick Sherrell who calmly slotted from six yards.

This setback rocked Lord Hill, and they could have conceded again as the hosts drew a couple of sharp saves from the keeper, before a looping Shepherd’s Bush free kick, taken by Scott Brown, bounced off the bar and away to safety.

It was a surprise, then, when Lord Hill exploited a rare corner on the half-hour and fired in after a brief goalmouth melee.

Shepherd’s Bush adapted better to the high winds in the second half and kept the ball on the floor, exploiting the space behind the opposition full backs with some neat interchanges.

Mounting pressure saw two goals for the home side disallowed, as their superior passing and mobility began to tell. Nevertheless it was late in the game before a hard-won corner was lofted back into the box after an initial clearance, for Michael Matier to convert from close in. Lord Hill were reduced to optimistic balls over the top as the hosts saw out the game.

Andrew McGowan.

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November 4, 2013

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