Potton United made it four wins in a row with a convincing 6-1 win at UCL Division One bottom side Burton Park Wanderers on Saturday - and in reality it could have been a lot more.
Potton started slowly and Craig Lewis was forced to save low down from Tony Bird who then shot into the side netting. However they then forced four corners in quick succession and from the fourth Joe Jordan headed home in the seventh minute.
Play became scrappy and a cross from Steve Muggeridge just eluded Jordan. In their attacks Potton were getting caught offside but in the 30th minute Adam Marsh broke down the left and squared the ball for Kenny Smith to score from close range. Marsh had two close attempts at goal and Muggeridge shot wide.
In the 37th minute Burton were awarded a free kick 25 yards out and Bird’s swerving shot went just inside the post to reduce the arrears.
This gave Burton encouragement and they pressed for the equaliser with Sam Walpole shooting wide. With a couple of minutes to go to half-time Burton’s Shane Hawkes took objection to a Potton tackle and told the referee his feelings, the official told him to be quiet but he continued with some abuse at the referee who showed him a red card.
Potton made the man advantage tell in the second half playing some neat football on the ground. Adam Marsh and a defender went for the ball and it rebounded to safety off the post. However in the 53rd minute Marsh beat the offside trap and chipped over the goalie for goal number three.
Chris Reeves put Marsh through and his shot was just wide and then Smith was put through and rounded the keeper but hit the post with a fierce shot. In the 65th minute Ashley Yeomans had a long range shot that rebounded to Nathan Field who fired home.
Four minutes later a good move between Alex Taylor and Adam Marsh saw Marsh chipping the ball over the keepers head for Smith to head home. In the 72nd minute Stuart Gillies scored the goal of the match with a cracking shot from 25 yards.
Marsh put Taylor through and his effort just cleared the bar before Marsh forced the Burton keeper to save at full length. In the closing minutes Jordan Watt shot over the bar for Burton.
With Gary Ansell-Carter, Joe Aris and Marc Umney all likely to be available for selection in the coming weeks will make for some interesting decisions for Darren Staniforth.
Potton head to Bourne Town in the Hinchingbrooke Cup Preliminary Round on Tuesday, September 15.
Potton United: Craig Lewis, Calum Forster, Ashley Yeomans, Nathan Field, Luke Harradine, Chris Reeves (Stuart Gillies), Steve Muggeridge, Mark Ansell-Carter (Shaun Faulkner), Adam Marsh, Kenny Smith, Joe Jordan (Alex Taylor).