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Royals lose after bright start

Royals lose after bright start

By Matt Darrington
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Report by Nigel Westhorp


Against second placed Tring Athletic Potton introduced new signing James Smith and made an unbelievable start going two goals up in the first six minutes. The first came after just three minutes when a Tring defender tried to head the ball back to the keeper and this was intercepted by Eve who calmly shot home. Three minutes later Dowridge collected the ball and dribbled to the edge of the penalty area and his shot went low past the keeper. At this stage Potton seemed in control but on a quick Tring breakaway Irish did extremely well to push a fierce shot from Dunstan onto the bar and too safety. Potton attacked with Williams shooting over and Andrews wide. Then the whole picture changed with Potton on the attack Tring made a quick counter attack in the 24 minute and played the ball to Mealing who fired home. Williams played in a dangerous cross and then saw his shot pushed to safety by the keeper. In the 32nd minute another quick break by Tring with the Potton defence caught short allowed Dixon to score the equaliser. Worse was to follow three minutes later when Dunstan eluded three tackles and sent the ball across for John to score from close range with Potton appealing for offside. Tring were now controlling matters and had an appeal for penalty turned down. Irish saved well from Mealing before Williams shot over at the other end just before half-time. HT2 -3

Potton came out in the second half and an early shot from Dowridge was blocked at the expense of a corner. In the 52nd minute Tring had yet another breakaway goal after Potton had taken a corner the ball was played through to Collier who took the ball round Irish to put in the back of the net. After a Potton free kick Williams shot over and then Eze was just wide with his effort. At the other end Dunstan headed over. In the 74th minute Tring increased their lead when from a corner Jevell headed home unchallenged from close range. Williams fired over before Eze made a good run but shot high over the bar. In the closing minutes Jevell was again unchallenged from a corner and headed narrowly over. FT 2-5

In the end a disappointing result for Potton especially in view of the encouraging start. It seemed that when Potton were attacking that Tring looked extremely dangerous on the break.

Potton United: Sam Irish, Tony Williams, Taz Andrews (Neville Nzembala), Callum Wilson, James Smith (Josh Howard-Dobson)), Sam Willis, Rafe Goodman, Ieuan Lewis (Dequane Wilson-Braithwaite), Abraham Eze, Sam Dowridge, Ibrahim Camara,

The next home match is on Tuesday 14 January when the First Team entertain Harefield United in a League match. They do not have another league match until Saturday 25 January.

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Match date

Sat 11, Jan 2020







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Tring Athletic
Potton United