Potton United made it nine games unbeaten in an eventful 2-1 home win over Oaham United in the UCL Division One on Saturday.
It is difficult to know where to start this week’s report. The first talking point was when the referee stopped play for about five minutes to allow Oakham keeper, Simon Dalton, to go to the toilet. Apparently, without wishing to go into gory details he wanted to go at the end of half time but the wc was occupied.
He started the second half but five minutes in he couldn’t wait any longer.
In fairness to the keeper he did offer to swap shirts with a defender but the referee allowed him to leave the pitch to avoid the keeper embarrassing himself or damaging the pitch.
It was a game played in a sporting manner by both teams but the referee showed six yellow cards (two Potton and four Oakham). Two players, one from Potton for continual fouls and one from Oakham for kicking the ball away, deserved the cautions but the others were much about nothing.
Both teams were without a full squad with Potton missing five regular players and it did not help when March Umney was injured in the opening minute and had to be substituted.
Oakham were on top most of the first half with Potton struggling to put some passing movements together and seemed frightened of shooting.
In the five minute break early in the second half for the Oakham keeper being off the field those in the stand could hear manager Darren Staniforth having a right go at the Potton team. It seemed to work because from then on they pressed forward and had the majority of the play.
And so to football. In the first minute of the half Alex Taylor centred for Marc Umney to head over the bar only for the keeper to fall on top of him and after five minutes he had to be substituted. Cameron Brookes shot wide for Oakham. Benjamin Easson was proving to be a dangerous forward for Oakham and he shot over the bar twice.
From a back pass Gary Ansell-Carter put the keeper under pressure and he was lucky to clear his lines. Brookes centred for Easson to shoot wide of the post. Ansell-Carter mad a good run but substitute Wills shot was weak and straight at the keeper. Taylor had a shot deflected to Wills whose shot was straight at the keeper. Ashley Cole shot wide before Easson forced Craig Lewis into making a good save. A good move by Potton ended with Wills shot being blocked for a corner.
The betting at half time was neither team would score. Joe Jordan was tackled as he was about to shoot and at the other end Easson headed over from a corner. We then had a five minute break for the keeper. Adam Rothery shot wide and Brookes effort was blocked. Alex Taylor shot wide before in the 70th the ball fell to Joe Jordan 25 yards out and his left foot shot flew into the net.
Potton were now starting to dominate play and good run by Gary Ansell-Carter was blocked before a good passing movement between Ansell-Carter and Joe Aris saw the effort block and then Aris had a shot deflected for a corner. From the corner taken by Jordan, Taylor headed on for Ansell-Carter to score from close range in the 79th minute.
Minutes later a poor clearance from Shaun Faulkner fell to Adam Rothery who made no mistake to reduce the arrears. Ansell-Carter played Wills in and his shot went past the post.
There were eight minutes of added time and Ewan Crawford headed narrowly wide. In the last minute Ansell-Carter saw his shot saved.
The team on very limited resources are getting the results but what would manager Darren Staniforth want to have a full squad to select from?
Potton United: Craig Lewis, Calum Forster, Ashley Yeomans, Shaun Faulkner, Luke Harradine, Chris Reeves, Marc Umney (James Wills), Joe Aris, Gary Ansell-Carter, Alex Taylor (Lee Swain), Joe Jordan