Young Royals win Thriller
Report by Brian Buck
Potton United 4 Bugbrooke St Michael 3 (Northants Senior Youth League West Division) att 71. All of Potton’s youth matches at the Hollow have been well supported this season and with games like this to watch no wonder people keep turning up. Be nice though if some of them just encouraged rather than coached. There are good people on the other side of the pitch who are specially trained to do this for them! But not all went well in the game tonight, especially in the first half. However, they did take the lead on 3 minutes with a wonderful glancing header into the top left hand corner of the goal. At this point it looked as though Bugbrooke were going to be on the end of a hiding, especially as I noticed that they were fielding a couple of very small players. But perhaps like Potton, I mistook them for being very young players, which they may have been, who could easily be bypassed. But as Bugbrooke worked their way back into the match I erased this thought from my mind! The early goal seemed to give Potton a false sense of superiority and on 20 minutes they were brought down to earth when the Potton keeper gifted Bugbrooke the equaliser. Worse was to follow and three minutes later another horrendous defensive error saw Bugbrooke take the lead. In fact Potton were all over the shop and in this period the visitors could have easily scored more. Mr Bloxham was not a happy bunny. Potton came out a bit early for the restart and it goes without saying that words were probably said during half time.In the second period Potton played as more of a solid unit and they were also more focused. They equalised on 65 minutes with a shot which went in off the post and took the lead two minutes later when the scorer finished off a pass from the byline pulled back for him. But on 73 minutes the still effective Bugbrooke equalised themselves. However six minutes later the ball was headed home from a corner to give Potton the winner. This win took Potton to the top of the table, although they had played more games than their rivals.