Potton lose ground in promotion race

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Potton lost further ground in the UCL Division One promotion race on Tuesday and had to rely on a late equaliser to gain one point.

The two teams had met early in November and Raunds came out then as victors 5-4.

On Tuesday Raunds adopted similar tactics as previously as getting into the referee’s face and disputing most decisions — unfortunately Potton fell into the same trap later in the game and the referee ended showing yellow cards and giving lectures to the players.

Gary Ansell-Carter made a good early run but shot wide while Raunds Nick Harrison was left unmarked in the penalty area but shot well wide. Joe Aris was fouled and Joe Jordan saw his free kick saved by the keeper and at the other end Chris Reeves was penalised for a foul with Josh Davis shooting well over the bar.

A dangerous centre by Charlie Fowler was cleared by Chris Reeves in the danger area. Potton had a spell of pressure that saw Chris Reeves shoot wide and Jordan’s shoot was saved by the keeper.

Potton had the slight advantage of the wind behind them in the second half. A good move ended with Kenny Smith passing to Ansell-Carter who in turn laid it back to Calum Forster who scored with a good shot from 25 yards in the 52nd minute to give Potton the lead.

Jamie Russell shot wide and in the 65th minute Fowler was allowed to run in unchallenged from the left side to score from 25 yards.

In the 75th minute Karl King had a low shot that was pushed away at full length by Craig Lewis but before he could get to the ball Jamie Russell fired it into the net. Joe Aris shot wide but in the 89th minute Joe Jordan collected the ball and from 20 yards out fired hard and low past the keeper for the equaliser.

In added time a Raunds free kick was headed goalwards by Rick Chambers and Lewis pulled off a tremendous save to earn Potton a point.

Potton United: Craig Lewis, Ashley Yeomans, Calum Forster, Shaun Faulkner, Luke Harradine, Chris Reeves, Joe Jordan, Joe Aris (Marc Umney), Gary Ansell-Carter, Kenny Smith (George Kiely), Jack Chandler (Adam Marsh).

On Saturday Potton visit Premier Division Boston Town in the First Round of the League Knock Out Cup and then on Tuesday, December 8 visit high scoring league leaders Peterborough Sports — no easy games there then!