Potton net injury time winner at Whitworth

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Potton scored deep into injury time to win 4-3 at Wellingborough Whitworth on Saturday.

United made hard work of this UCL Division One fixture, with a heavy downpour throughout threatening the likeleyhood of the game being completed. Potton were able to name a strong squad, with the only absentees being Joe Aris (knee injury) and Steve Muggridge (working).

It was the visitors who certainly started off the strongest with the front pair of Gary Ansell-Carter and George Kiely looking dangerous and it took just five minutes to break the deadlock when a poor goal kick from Whitworths keeper Waters fell to Ansell-Carter who placed a perfect shot in the corner.

Potton increased the lead five minutes later when an Adam Marsh corner was headed on by Chris Reeves to George Kiely whose cheeky back heel from six yards left the keeper no chance.

They continued to dominate and Marc Umney headed wide from a Kiely corner before Ansell-Carter found some space but Waters managed to push his shot round the post.

Whitworth’s first chance came on 21 minutes but Jamie White could only shoot tamely at Craig Lewis in Potton’s goal. Good work on the left from Adam Marsh saw him cut in and place a low ball across the six yard box but Kiely could not get the vital touch to put the ball over the line.

As the rain continued to fall heavily throughout half time the referee tested out the goalmouths at the start of the second half and seeing the ball could roll over them he allowed the game to continue. It was Potton who started the second half as they had finished the first and following a good build up Kiely beat a defender and shot in the top corner on 50 minutes to give them a 3-0 lead.

This should have put the game beyond Whitworth’s reach but it wasn’t to be. The hosts pulled a goal back on 54 minutes when a shot from David Bell beat Lewis but stopped short of the goalline. Alfie Taylor was quickest to react to shoot home from close range.

Whitworth were starting to come into the game more and were controlling the game with their players adapting to the wet and sticky pitch much better than the Potton players and pulled another goal back on 74 minutes when a cross from the right found Taylor again who shot home from 12 yards.

Five minutes later the hosts were on level terms when a cross to the far post was met by Devon Ellwood’s header at the far post.

The remaining 10 minutes saw Whitworths put the Potton defence under pressure and Ellwood saw a shot come back off the post.

But two minutes into stoppage time Potton broke and Marc Umney’s shot was parried by Waters and Adam Marsh tucked the loose ball away.

It was good to get the first league win since November 17. Next up is a trip to Lutterworth on Saturday.

Potton: Craig Lewis, Calum Forster, Luke Harradine, Shaun Faulkner, Mark Ansell-Carter, Chris Reeves, Marc Umney, Joe Jordan, Gary Ansell-Carter (Dan Woodhead), George Kiely (Kenny Smith), Adam Marsh. Subs not used: John Bailey, James Wills, Sam Kelly