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Potton thump Leighton to reach semi finals

Potton thump Leighton to reach semi finals

By Matt Darrington
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Report by Nigel Westhorp


With four players cup-tied and two not available Potton produced one of their best performances of the season by defeating Leighton Town 4-0 to reach the semi-final of The Challenge Trophy where they have been drawn at home to either Hillingdon Borough or MK Robins. The match is scheduled for Tuesday 25 February. Potton also welcomed back Jordan Slama who had returned after a long term injury.

In the first minute Leighton made a quick break that ended with McClelland shooting wide. Two minutes later Potton were ahead when the ball fell to Brinkman on the edge of the penalty area and he hooked the ball over his shoulder into the net. Leighton were playing some neat football and although the Potton defence looked sound Turner fired in a low shot that Irish did well to save at full length. in the 21st minute Potton played some good football that ended with a through ball to Slama who shot past the keeper to give Potton a two goal lead. Potton were enjoying a spell of possession with Slama passing to Brinkman who saw his shot saved before Goodman shot over the bar. Full back made a determined run but ended seeing his shot saved by Willis. Just before half-time Nzembela made a good run down the right and his pass saw Willis shoot wide. HT 2-0

From an early Leighton corner Osborne headed over the bar and at the other end Willis saw his shot saved. In the 55th minute Willis passed to Williams whose centre was headed back across the goal by Slama to allow Brinkman an easy tap in for goal number three. Pattie came on as substitute for Leighton and saw his shot well saved by Irish. In the 59th and 65th minute Leighton had two players sent to the sin bin. McClelland shot wide when well placed and a shot from Williams was saved by the keeper. In the 71st minute, with Leighton down to 10 men Potton made a good passing movement down the right and a low centre from Nzembela was diverted into his own net by Ressch—who had only just returned from the sin bin. Potton were content with their lead but still attacked with Goodman shooting wide, Nzembela seeing his shot narrowly missing the post and Willis saw his shot saved. Just before the end, former Potton favourite Danny Webb, who had been kept quiet most of the match, saw his low shot well saved by Irish to ensure Potton kept a clean sheet. FT 4-0

A truly spirited and determined performance by all the Potton squad and thoroughly deserved their victory.

Potton United: Sam Irish, Niall Jones, Callum Wilson, Rafe Goodman, Paul Andrews, James Smith (Dequaine Wilson-Braithwaite), Neville Nzembela (Shaheim Ward), Sam Willis, George Brinkman, Tony Williams, Jordan Slama (Connor McBrien)

On Saturday 1 February the First Team visit London Colney in a League Match and then on Tuesday 4th visit Barton Rovers in the North Beds Charity Cup.

The Hutchinson Hollow will have a well-earned rest with no further matches until Saturday 15 February.

On Saturday 15 February the Reserves entertain Kempston Rovers Reserves in the Bedfordshire Football Association Intermediate Cup Semi Final.

Then on Tuesday 18 February the First Team are at home to Luton Town in the Bedfordshire Football Association Senior Cup Semi Final.

Both important matches for the club.

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Tue 28, Jan 2020