Royals get of jail at Stotfold
late drama secures point.
Stotfold had yet to secure a win in 19 games this season but a sticky bumpy pitch and with Potton missing Sam Parrish at centre half, this game had all the potential to be a banana skin. The Royals were dealt another blow on the day before the game with Jordan Wright departing to Kempston Rovers.
Potton though started brightly and could have been two up in the first two minutes.
First Gary Ansell Carter beat the offside trap but his shot did not have the power to beat keeper Fallon.
A minute later Aaron Murell was in a similar position when he had a one on one with the Fallon, but the keeper again saved.
Stotfold had a chance themselves when the Stotfold number 8 had a shot that was just over on 8 minutes but apart from that it was all Potton.
Ryan Don was next to have a chance when his stinging shot was well saved by Fallon onto the Stotfold crossbar.
This was just a let off as the Royals took the lead on 15 minutes when a handball in the area was spotted by the referee and Danny Webb converted the resulting penalty.
Potton really stopped playing after this and they began to get overrun in midfield and were not winning any second ball with the hosts seeming to be demanding the ball more.
The Royals had Tyler Josephs to thank as he pulled off a smart save from a Stotfold forward on 23 minutes before a good pass from Jonny Hall found Tom Blatch who was very close to opening his account for the season but his shot was just wide on 25 minutes.
Stotfold had another good chance to level when the Tyler Josephs had to again be at his best to deny the Stotfold forward on 33 minutes.
The half ended with Stotfold on top and it would need some harsh words to get Potton back on top if they wanted to secure the points.
Potton did have the better of the early second half chances with a good pass from Danny Webb to Aaron Murrell was well saved and the follow up by Jack Newland was blocked on 49 minutes.
The Royals had an even better chance on 61 minutes when Ansell Carter flicked on a Danny Webb pass to the back post but Jonny Hall blazed the ball over.
Stotfold now were winning all of the midfield battles with Potton missing the engine of Christian Smail, who was playing at centre half and also seemed to lack a bit of intensity up front.
Stotfold had a very good penalty shout on 70 minutes which was waved away when Smail appeared to foul his man in the area, but as the game was moving to its dying minutes, the home side struck twice in a crazy 3 minute spell.
Stotfold were given far too much room down Potton’s right hand side and the ball was driven home by Joe Ryan on 86 minutes to level for the home side.
A minute later and The Rpyals were behind when again Potton did not close down their man on the right hand side and although Tyler Josephs pulled off a great save, the ball was deflected into the net by Tom Blatch.
This led to huge celebrations from the home side who thought they were going to secure their first three points of the season.
Where Potton have been good at game management the same could not be said for Stotfold who pushed up to the half way line allowing Danny Webb to play a through ball to sub Jim Burnside whose shot was saved, but only deflected as far as Aaron Murrell who tapped home from a yard out.
The whistle blew not long after this and Potton had got out of jail and in truth, a point was as much as they deserved with several players looking like they were already on a Christmas break!
They will need to play a lot better in their next fixture as 4th placed Biggleswade United visit the Hollow on Friday 28th.
1. Tyler Josephs, 2. Jack Newland, 3. Tom Blatch, 4. James Sage, 5. Ryan Don, 6. Gareth Hunt, 7. Danny Webb, 8. Christian Smail, 9. Gary Ansell-Carter(Jim Burnside), 10. Aaron Murrell, 11. Jonny Hall.