Royals singing in the (torrential) rain
Webb hat-trick as Potton take points.
In freezing conditions with driving rain and a harsh wind, Potton continued their recent good run of form with a professional performance to take them up to 5th in the table.
Potton had Jonny Hall back at left back and Jim Burnside lined up in place of Aaron Murrell. They again were playing a 4-3-3 formation.
The Royals lost the toss and had to kick up the slope in the first half with the wind against them as well.
The Royals could have taken the lead in the 4th minute, when Leverstock Goalkeeper Atwell dropped a Danny Webb cross but Gareth Hunt’s shot was cleared off the line.
Two minutes later Potton had another great chance when Gary Ansell Carter played a through ball to Danny Webb but his shot was well saved by Atwell.
Leverstock took advantage of a poor Potton free kick routine on 9 minutes but Nugents cross ball was not met by anyone.
Danny Webb was beating the Leverstock left back Brima Johnson on multiple occasions and Ryan Don should perhaps should have scored after a Webb cross.
Leverstock were getting more into the game during the middle part of the first half and took the lead after a Potton error on 24 minutes.
Gareth Hunt tried to pass back to James Sage but he hit this with too much power and it deflected off the centre half into the path of Reynaldo Carbon and he slotted well past Josephs to give the hosts the lead.
Potton struck straight back though and equalised two minutes later when Newland crossed to Ansell Carter to head home.
Leverstock took the lead again on 32 minutes after Potton gave the ball away in midfield and from the resulting corner Carbon headed home.
Back came Potton again with another cross from the left found Webb, who slotted home on 34 minutes to make it 2-2
This has been a topsy turvey game with both sides getting on top for periods but understandably with the conditions defences were not on top of their respective games.
Half time came with the conditions getting worse the rain was now torrential and the wind had also gained strength making good football a near impossible task.
Potton did take the lead on 50 minutes when a quick breakaway by the pacey Potton front three saw Ansell Carter pass to Burnside who then played in the free man Danny Webb who drove home.
Potton had a good penalty shout 4 minutes later when Webb who was brought down in the box but the referee waved away the protests.
Back came Leverstock and they were unlucky on 63 minutes when Carbons’s cross-cum-shot rebounded off the bar but was well cleared by the Potton defence.
Keeper Attwell seemed to be having a personal duel with Jim Burnside and he kept the powerful Potton front man at bay twice in quick succession but on the third occasion he can only parry Burnside’s shot into the path of Danny Webb who shot home to complete his hat-trick on 68 minutes.
Both teams had chances in the remainder of the game as the pitch began to cut up badly with the ball hardly moving in the middle of the park at all.
The referee added no added time at all and with pace which would have put Usian Bolt to shame, 22 players and the officials were inside the dressing rooms in a flash!
This was another professional performance from the Royals who dug in deep and adapted to the conditions better than their hosts.
Next up for the Royals is a League Cup Quarter Final away at Leighton Town on Tuesday before another derby visit to bottom of the table Stotfold on Saturday.
1. Tyler Josephs, 2. Jack Newland, 3. Jonny Hall, 4. James Sage, 5. Sam Parrish, 6. Gareth Hunt, 7. Danny Webb (12. Tom Blatch 79 mins), 8. Christian Smail (17. Aaron Murrell 79 mins), 9. Gary Ansell-Carter, 10. Jim Burnside, 11. Ryan Don.