Five Star Royals smash Dirty Clarets
By Matt Darrington
Doubles for Webb and Burnside in Potton win.
After the confidence boosting win on the road at Colney Heath, Potton were back on home turf against 9th placed Crawley Green in a Mid Beds Derby.
There have been quite a few matches were Potton have been very good in some part of matches. This was a game though that Potton dominated from start to finish and the five goal margin was more than a fair reflection in the gulf between the two teams.
Potton welcomed back from suspension Jordan Wright and Sam Parrish who returned at right back and centre half respectively.
Potton started brightest and could have taken the lead on three minutes when when an excellent corner by Jonny Hall was headed over by Danny Webb.
Three minutes later Potton had another chance when Gareth Hunt found himself in space 20 yards out but his shot was always rising.
Crawley Green looked dangerous on the break and Tyler Josephs had to pull off two smart saves from Danny Watson on 9 minutes.
Martin Danobrega was already looking lively up front and jinked into a shooting position on 11 minutes but he shot wide.
Crawley Green then had two chances which they perhaps should have done better with. On 20 minutes a through ball by the excellent former Langford player Tyler Ingham played in Danny Watson but his shot was well saved by Tyler Josephs.
An even better chance was presented to Crawley two minutes later when a corner was crossed to an unmarked Tyler Ingham who headed over.
Crawley were made to pay for this on 25 minutes when Jonny Hall whipped in a peach of cross to Danny Webb who headed home from 7 yards to give the Royals the lead.
It was all Potton now and Danny Webb had further chances to double the lead on 28 and 30 minutes but his header this time went over and his shot was saved by keeper Josh Mollison.
On 33 minutes Potton did double the lead. Mollison, who had been signed from Hitchin Town on a months loan, panicked with the marauding Jim Burnside bearing down on him, lost the ball while trying to play out of defence, to the burly Potton striker to calmly strike home from 6 yards.
Potton went into the half time break fully deserving their two goal advantage. If they could keep up the pressing game in second half then the three points should be secured.
The Royals went into a three goal lead on 48 minutes when a sixty yard pass from the golden left foot of Jonny Hall put Danny Webb in the clear. He finished low to the goalkeepers left for his second goal of the afternoon
Martin Danobrega then had a chance for a 4th goal a minute later when he cut inside from the left wing but his shot was well saved by Mollison.
Jim Burnside was having a great game up front with his pace and power causing several problems for the Crawley Green defence who perhaps were not used to a more UCL type of forward.
He could have scored on 53 minutes but his goal-bound shot was deflected, making an easier save for Mollison.
On 58 minutes Burnside did score when he ran across the edge of the box and when the chance looked like it had gone he shot home into the far corner much to the delight of the home supporters in the crowd of 103.
Potton were playing some great football with the midfield two of Smail and Hunt pulling the strings and it was the latter who played in another eye of a needle pass to sub Ansell Carter who blasted home on 77 minutes.
The Royals though showing great spirit were determined not to allow Crawley Green a consultation goal and on 86 minutes firstly Tom Blatch headed off the line and then Tyler Josephs pulled of a Gordon Banks type flying save to deny Watson.
Two minutes later Tyler denied Tyler when the Potton number one saved well again from Ingram.
Potton could have scored a 6th with the last chance of the game when Gareth Hunt hit just over.
The Royals may have small squad but they now have players who can play in more than one position and have four hungry forwards with pace and power who will trouble the best defences in the SSML.
Next up in a League Cup tie at home to Division One Buckingham Town on Tuesday, before another local derby on Saturday when they Royals travel to Arlesey to take on Baldock Town.
Potton:Tyler Josephs,Jordan Wright(Jack Newland),Tom Blatch,James Sage,Sam Parrish,Gareth Hunt, Danny Webb,Christian Smail,Jim Burnside(Gary Ansell-Carter),Martin Danobrega,Jonny Hall(Ryan Don)