Potton make it seven wins on the trot

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Potton made it seven wins on the trot with a 2-1 win at Thrapston Town in the UCL Division One on Saturday.

However it was not a convincing performance from a Potton side who were depleted through player unavailability and only had two substitutes.

Not much football was played by either side throughout the match and when Potton did play some controlled football they scored their two goals. In the second half Potton gave away far too many free kicks and on a narrow pitch were inviting Thrapston to attack.

Early play was fairly even with Joe Aris firing over the bar and then had a shot blocked before at the other end a through ball found Jack Wisniewski whose shot beat Craig Lewis but Shaun Faulkner made a tremendous goal line clearance. Jedd Whiteman was proving to be a handful but was booked for an overzealous tackle.

Both teams were conceding free kicks that stopped the flow of the game. Whiteman forced a safe from Lewis before Chris Hope headed wide from a corner. Potton’s new signing James Wills shot wide when well placed.

In the 38th minute Potton took the lead when some good passing between Steve Muggeridge, Gary Ansell-Carter and Kenny Smith ended with Joe Aris feeding the ball to Steve Muggeridge who looked as though he had lost the opportunity but recovered to fire past the keeper.

Just before half-time Hope shot wide and at the other end Aris fired well wide.

Potton opened the second half brightly and in the 52nd minute increased their lead. A good footballing move down the right saw Muggeridge find Ansell-Carter who passed the ball to Kenny Smith who stroked the ball home from the edge of the penalty area.

Thrapston replied with an effort from Wisniewski that Lewis saved. Charlie Parkin had a good run down the left but the Potton defence blocked his attempt on goal.

From one of the many free kicks Kaine Clinton headed inches over the bar and then saw another effort go well wide of the post. In the 77th minute a well placed Thrapston free kick found Chris Hope who made no mistake from close range to reduce the arrears.

Lewis attempted to save at the feet of a Thrapston forward and with Thrapston appealing for a penalty the referee booked the Thrapston forward for diving.

In the closing minutes Muggeridge shot over when well placed and then Gary Ansell-Carter had a breakaway and the ball went to Muggeridge who shot wide.

When the team does not perform particularly well but still manage to secure three points from a strong Thrapston side, it should give them confidence to go into the FA Vase match away to Wembley on Saturday, October 3.

The club will not be running a coach but if any supporters wish to make their own way their support will be much appreciated. Wemble FC play at Vale Farm, Watford Road, Wembley HA03HG. If there is a replay it will be on Tuesday, October 7 at 7.45pm at The Hollow.

Potton United: Craig Lewis, Marc Umney, Calum Forster, Shaun Faulkner, Luke Harradine, Joe Aris, Steve Muggeridge, Chris Reeves, Gary Ansell-Carter, Kenny Smith, James Wills (Joe Jordan).