Ansell-Carter hat-trick as Potton get off mark

Potton United v Bedfont Sports PNL-150817-110349002
Potton United v Bedfont Sports PNL-150817-110349002

Potton gained their first points and first goals in a 4-2 win at Buckingham Town on Saturday, who play home matches at Bletchley.

At times the game was scrappy and was not helped by some inconsistent decisions by the match officials that led to frequently stopping and starting the match.

In the first minute Marc Umney handled a corner when well placed and at the other end Buckingham’s Kevin Gibba-Olsson hit the side netting. Buckingham’s tall centre forward Tariq Kotey was proving to be a handful, as he was throughout the match.

In the 14th minute a free kick from Calum Forster found Marc Umney who rifled his shot in the net. The lead was short lived as in the next minute a well placed free kick was headed home powerfully by Scott Weymouth from short range. New signing Kenny Smith headed just wide from a corner before a free kick from Buckingham’s Mitch Brent went just over the bar. Gary Ansell-Carter broke free and was pulled back by a defender when clear on goal but the referee did not show any card. Gibson-Olsson headed over from a corner. In the 42nd minute Kenny Smith was fouled in the area and Gary Ansell-Carter coolly slotted home the spot kick.

Smith had a long range effort that went over the bar before Buckingham’s Neil Walton headed just over from a well-worked free kick.

Early in the second half a dangerous cross from Gary Ansell-Carter eluded everyone. Play became scrappier and Kotey had a weak shot at goal. In the 63rd minute Gary Ansell-Carter dribbled his way past three defenders and into the penalty area where he was fouled. Gary Ansell-Carter took the spot kick and blasted it past the keeper. Mark Ansell-Carter had a weak shot that was easily saved by the keeper. In the 71st minute a long ball was played over Sam Kelly’s head for Sodiq Thompson to run onto and shoot past Craig Lewis to reduce the arrears.

Gary Ansell-Carter saw his free kick saved by the keeper. Tyler Prince, who had come on as substitute for injured Calum Forster in the first half, was proving to be a handful for the Buckingham defenders. In the 76th minute Prince worked the ball to Gary Ansell-Carter who placed his shot just inside the post to complete his hat-trick. Prince had a good run only to see his effort hit the side netting and Alex Taylor played the ball to Gary Ansell-Carter whose shot was inches wide of the post. In the closing minutes Stuart Gillies chested the ball wide from close range when it would have been easier to head and then Marc Umney saw his header pushed onto the bar by keeper Joe Burdiak.

On the balance of play, especially in the second half, Potton deserved all three points. Kenny Smith looks a useful acquisition and when he is fully fit looks as though he could have a good working partnership with Gary Ansell-Carter.

On Saturday Potton visit Hillingdon Borough in the FA Vase. If there is a replay it will be on Tuesday, September 8, if no replay then Potton will entertain Olney Town on that night.