Potton leapfrog Irchester with seventh straight win

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Potton moved above Irchester into fifth place in the UCL Division One with a 1-0 victory over them on Saturday - their seventh consecutive league win.

For a change they started with the same line-up that did so well at Bourne last week. It was a competitive match played between two teams that gave honest endeavour but there were not too many clear cut scoring chances.

Early pressure from Irchester saw Jared Harewood force a good save from Craig Lewis. Potton came more into it and Ashley Yeomans played Gary Ansell-Carter in but he was tackled before he could shoot.

Ansell-Carter then had a shot well saved by Dale Hamilton, who last year was in goal for Potton United Reserves. Steve Muggeridge had a fierce shot deflected for a corner.

At the other end a centre from Nathan Haycock evaded everyone. Chris Reeves headed narrowly wide from a corner and the Joe Aris saw his long shot go wide of the post.

In the closing minutes of the first half Gary Ansell-Carter saw his effort blocked with the ball rebounding to Ashley Yeomans whose shot sizzled past the post.

The referee was obviously in a hurry to finish the match as he only allowed 11 minutes for half-time. Early on Joe Aris saw his left foot shot go wide of the post before Mapes Mendes was put through and Lewis did well to save at his feet.

In the 70th minute Irchester were trying to play the ball out of defence and Muggeridge intercepted and put Kenny Smith through who calmly slotted past the keeper. From a free kick on the edge of the penalty area Ryan Lovell saw his shot easily saved by Lewis. Both Muggeridge and Ansell-Carter saw their efforts go well over the bar before a good move finished with Ansell-Carter shooting straight at the keeper. From a corner Mitch Blande headed narrowly over.

In the first minute of added time Lewis was injured in a collision with Lovell but fortunately after treatment was able to continue. In added time both Alex Taylor and Muggeridge fired over the bar.

On the amount of pressure and shots at goal Potton just about deserved the three points and now play fourth placed Rushden & Higham United next Saturday, looking to avenge the 4-0 defeat by them earlier in the season.

After the match Trevor Mitchell presented Darren Staniforth with his UCL Manager of the Month award for September.

What was pleasing was that after the match the entire Irchester squad stayed to enjoy the after match refreshments and also entered into social conversation with the Potton squad — just like the good old days!

Potton United: Craig Lewis, Calum Forster, Ashley Yeomans, Shaun Faulkner, Luke Harradine, Chris Reeves, Steve Muggeridge, Joe Aris, Gary Ansell-Carter, George Kiely (Alex Taylor), John Bailey (Kenny Smith)