NORTH GREENFORD UNITED 1 POTTON UNITED 2
Potton came away from this match with a well earned victory against bottom of the table North Greenford United. With a more settled side Potton took the points against a spirited and battling North Greenford.
Unfortunately the main talking point after the match by both sets of management and supporters was the performance of the referee. In a game that was played in a good spirit and no really bad tackles he managed to show yellow cards to 4 North Greenford players and 3 to Potton. In addition in the final 10 minutes of the match he sent two North Greenford players to the sin bin.
North Greenford, belying their lowly league position, opened brightly playing some neat football and pressurising Potton. But the first chance fell to Potton when Keiran Hamilton played the ball to Neville Nzembela whose shot was just wide. In the 12th minute Potton were awarded a corner and from this the referee spotted a North Greenford player pushing Ololade Esuruoso in the penalty area and he awarded a penalty to Potton that Nzembela coolly converted. The joy was not to last long because Greenford played some neat football with the ball finishing at the unmarked Dramani who rifled the shot into the net to equalise. Potton fought back with Hamilton and Delsin Akom combining well but no Potton forward was on hand to convert their crosses. On the half-hour mark captain Paul Andrews limped off with a leg injury and was replaced by Ieuan Evans. For a time Potton seemed to lose control and allowed Molyneaux to shoot wide. Then a silly foul was conceded just outside the penalty box and Rhone’s kick hit the outside of the post and rebounded to safety. Then another free kick from Rhones was headed over by John. Potton came more into the game towards the interval when a header from Esuruoso found Camara Ibrara but he was unable to convert from close range. Nathan Mullings finished the half with a shot being deflected for a corner and then saw his free kick go over the bar.
The first half had been a very much stop and go half with the referee not allowing the game to flow freely and Potton’s physio Bradley Strong having to go onto the pitch 5 times to attend to injured players. HT 1-1
At the start of the second half a good passing movement by Potton ended with Ibrara shooting narrowly wide. A teasing centre by Webb ended with John just failing to get on the end of it in front of goal. In the 50th minute Potton took the lead when Mullings cut in and saw his placed shot enter the net just inside the post. Potton were awarded a free kick that they took quickly without Greenford being ready and Mullings put the ball wide with only the keeper to beat. Greenford came more into the match with John shooting high and wide and a free kick from Rhone went well over the bar. Irish made a full length save tipping a shot from John over the bar. Esuruoso made a saving takle after a good Greenford move. Substitute for Potton, Jordan Goodman, shot over from 35 yards and then side footed a shot wide.
In the last 10 minutes Greenford had two men sent to the sin bin for questioning the referee’s decision. Instead of controlling the game Potton allowed Greenford to attack and in the last minute Irish did tremendously well saving a close-range shot from Young top ensure Potton returned with three points. FT 1-2
Potton United: Sam Irish, Delsin Akom, Callum Wilson, Ololade Esuruoso, Paul Andrews (Ieuan Evans), Joshua Howard-Dobson, Kieran Hamilton, Harry Beckley (Jordan Goodman), Neville Nzembela, Camara Ibrara, Nathan Mullings (Ashley Ingham)
Potton will be looking for more convincing performances when they entertain London Colney in the League on Saturday 12 October and then entertain Huntingdon Town in the Hinchingbrooke Cup on Tuesday 15 October.
But in the end it is the three points gained against North Greenford United that matters.