Potton ease past Robins in bid for top five finish

George Kiely of Potton.
George Kiely of Potton.

Potton picked up a thoroughly deserved 2-0 home win over Buckingham Town on Saturday - and the margin of victory could have been greater.

If they had taken their chances – including a penalty – United would have won more comfortably. On Saturday they entertain Woodford United in their last UCL Division One match of the season looking for three points to ensure they finish at least in fifth place.

For this fixture the pitch looked in perfect condition. Early on Kenny Smith shot wide and then Gary Ansell-Carter had a good effort well saved by keeper Joe Burdiak.

Meanwhile at the other end a hard centre was met by Lukasz Fillapak but his effort from close range went over the bar.

Tariq Kotey was played through but a fine tackle from Sean Faulkner prevented him from getting a shot in. Sam Bearman had an effort from 25 yards that went just over the bar and then Craig Lewis saved a free kick from Nick Bines.

Potton started to press more, and a determined run from Calum Forster was ended when he was fouled in the penalty area. But Smith saw his spot kick pushed onto the post by Burdiak and away to safety.

Chris Reeves headed into the net but was ruled offside while at the other end Bearman had another shot that went over the bar.

However Potton went in from seven minutes before the interval. Ansell-Carter played a delightful through ball to George Kiely who ran on to place his shot past the keeper just inside the post for the opener.

Lewis did well to save an effort from Fillapak and just before the interval Buckingham had two attempts at goal blocked.

At the start of the second half Fillapak shot straight at Lewis, then a good centre from John Bailey was met by Ansell-Carter who saw his effort tipped over.

Smith who saw his effort from close range go over while Lewis did well to save at full length from Kotey. Potton were now starting to dominate. Ansell-Carter shot over and then Smith headed over at close range a cross by Reeves.

Bailey fired high from 25 yards before, in the 81st minute, a good passing move between Kiely and Ansell-Carter ended with Umney scoring Potton’s second.

The result sees Potton in fifth. They will at least stay there with victory on Saturday - and if they better Long Buckby’s result they will end the campaign in fourth spot.

Potton United: Craig Lewis, Calum Forster, Sam Kelly, Shaun Faulkner, Luke Harradine, Chris Reeves, George Kiely, Joe Aris, Gary Ansell-Carter, Kenny Smith (George Melrose), John Bailey (Marc Umney)