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1st Team - Match centre

Potton United
Harpenden Town
J Burnside (16', 48'), C Smail (68')
Full time
Sat 13 Apr 15:00 - Spartan South Midlands Football League - Premier Division

Burnside at the double


Royals win by the odd goal in five

Back to the Hollow and back to 4-4-2 and a return to winning ways as Potton beat Harpenden. Although they made life hard for themselves at times.
Potton welcomed back Jonny Hall and Aaron Murrell but were missing Gary Ansell Carter and Jack Newland.
The Royals started brightly enough as Mo Ahmed fed Gareth Hunt but his shot was just over on 2 minutes.
In the very next minute Jim Burnside passed to Aaron Murrell who returned the ball to Burnside but he snatched at his shot and this also went over.
It was nearly a disaster for Potton on 12 minutes when Tyler Josephs miskicked the ball straight to the Harpenden striker but the Potton number 1 recovered to avert the danger.
Just four minutes later Harpenden attempted a back pass which was far too short. The alert Jim Burnside stole the ball, rounded the keeper and rolled the ball into the empty net to steady the nerves around the Hollow and give Potton the lead.
The pitch was greasy due to a couple of showers but was hard underneath this, meaning it could not take a stud and both teams were struggling to stay on their feet at times. None more so than Carl Tappin who slipped in slow motion which let in Harpenden but Tyler Josephs again came to his teams rescue on 28 minutes.
Back came Potton and Danny Webb beat a couple of players before cutting the ball back to Mo Ahmed but he shot wildly over the bar on 29 minutes.
Gareth Hunt was the next player to audition for Dancing on Ice as this let in Yeates but Potton had a let off as he shot wide on 31 minutes.
Potton had another gilt edged chance to double their advantage 2 minutes later when a mishit Jonny Hall corner reached Jim Burnside three yards out. He saw this too late though and hit it over the bar.
Burnside who was also at the centre of Potton's forward play was unlucky not to double his and Potton's advantage on 37 minutes when he received the ball just outside the area, shifted the ball back onto his favoured right foot and his stinging shot rebounded off the crossbar.
The Royals were made to regret this though when Harpenden equalised just before half time.
A free kick was floated into the Potton box and as reached Douglas who slipped the ball past Josephs. Potton appealed for offside but James Sage was just playing Harpenden onside by a matter of inches.
So a scrappy half came to an end with the scores being level about right. Potton needed to improve if they were going to take all three points.
Potton took the lead again just three minutes into the second half when great work by Aaron Murrell who got the ball just inside the Harpenden half used his strength and power to hold off the defender and delivered a great ball which Jim Burnside made no mistake with for the Royals to retake the lead and for Burnside to score his third goal in two games.
Harpenden were no means out of this though and back they came on 53 minutes when some great skill by Davis saw him beat three men but Tyler Josephs again saved well.
The visitors then had another chance 3 minutes later when Potton gave the ball away in midfield which let in Davis again but Josephs again was equal to it.
Davis was proving to be a big thorn in the Potton's defence side with the teenage former Stotfold man forcing a double save for Josephs on 61 and then on 66 minutes he beat James Sage but curled his shot wide.
A minute later though Potton scored their third when a Jonny Hall Beckham like free-kick from near the half way line was headed home by Skipper Christian Smail, to the great delight on the home supporters.
Harpenden did get a goal back on 86 minutes when Jake Collins beat a couple of men and his shot squirmed under Josephs to make the last few minutes a nervy affair.
The Royals held out though to secure the points and retain 7th position in the table.
Next up and the last home match of the season in on Tuesday when they face Leverstock Green.

1. Tyler Josephs, 2. Carl Tappin(Ryan Don), 3.Jonny Hall 4. James Sage, 5. Sam Parrish, 6.Gareth Hunt 7. Danny Webb(Martin Danobrega), 8. Christian Smail, 9.Jim Burnside 10.Aaron Murrell (Hadley Boughton)11.Mo Ahmed.

Key moments

Goal Jim Burnside scores for Potton United
Goal Jim Burnside scores for Potton United
Goal Christian Smail scores for Potton United


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68:00 Goal 3 - 0
Christian Smail scores for Potton United
48:00 Goal 2 - 0
Jim Burnside scores for Potton United
End of period 1
16:00 Goal 1 - 0
Jim Burnside scores for Potton United
Start of the game
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As it happened

  • Potton United
  • Harpenden Town
  • 0
  • Jim Burnside Goal 16:00'
  • Jim Burnside Goal 48:00'
  • Christian Smail Goal 68:00'

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League round up

Other Premier Division results

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Tring Athletic
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Biggleswade United
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League table

# Team Pl Pts
1. Biggleswade FC 37 86
2. Tring Athletic 38 83
3. Hadley 38 83
4. Biggleswade United 38 77
5. Baldock Town 38 67
6. Colney Heath 37 62
7. Potton United 38 62

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