Potton win at Hillingdon to line up Wembley trip

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Potton scored twice in the final minutes at Hillingdon Borough to win 2-1 and book their passage in the FA Vase on Saturday.

And their reward is a trip to Wembley in the next round.

For this FA Vase match Potton were again without 7 regular players—for one reason or another—but welcomed back Ashley Yeomans, who was made captain for the day.

Potton started brightly and a good move saw Mark Ansell-Carter shoot wide of the post. A weak kick from Borough keeper Ryan Court fell to Adam Marsh but he shot weakly at the keeper. Soon after the keeper went down with an ankle injury but for the rest of the half Potton did not test him, in fact for the remainder of the half Hillingdon were pressing with Dwain Thomas being a constant threat.

Thomas had a shot deflected wide for a corner and then Faux-James shot wide. In the 32nd minute Reece Grant worked his way into the penalty area appeared to pull Luke Harradine back before placing the ball in the net. The referee did not see it that way and awarded a goal to give Borough the lead.

Just before the interval Craig Lewis saved a shot from Charlie Crane at the foot of his post and then Grant shot just wide.

Words must have been said in the Potton dressing room at half-time because they came out and dominated the half but still failed to test the keeper until nearly full time. Mark Ansell-Carter shot over the bar and first a centre from Kenny Smith eluded everyone before he tried a long shoot that was just off target.

A good move saw a shot from Joe Aris pushed over for a corner and from the corner Smith headed over. Joe Jordan put Adam Marsh through and with only the keeper to beat he put his shot wide of the post.

With five minutes to go the referee spotted Kenny Smith being held in the penalty area and from the penalty spot Jordan saw his shot saved by the keeper. However two minutes later Jordan made amends when he headed a centre just inside the post.

This spurred Potton on and from a free kick they forced the ball across the goal and Marc Umney netted from close range. Potton were continuing to attack with Jordan shooting over from a free kick and then after being put through he saw his effort rebound to safety off the post.

In the last minute of added time a centre from Charlie Crane was cleared by the Potton defence.

So Potton will visit Wembley in the next round on Saturday, October 3 and on the evidence of the second half thoroughly deserved to go through.

In the end the superior fitness of the Potton squad told as some of the Hillingdon Borough players were going down with cramp.

Unfortunately much of the discussion at the end of the match was about the referee and his assistants. First of all he was inconsistent with his decisions and lenient on occasions top both sides.

About 10 minutes into the second half at 4.15pm he asked for the floodlights to be put on with a few dark clouds in the sky. He then sent the Hillingdon Borough Manager to the dressing room because Borough want to make a substitution and the Referee’s Assistant would not come to the half-way line and the Manager objected.

To make matters worse the referee allowed the manager to walk from the dug out, right across the pitch to the dressing rooms on the other side and the match was delayed by about two minutes.

Lastly he was more interested in talking to one of Potton’s players who had committed a foul instead of getting a trainer to Chris Reeves who had sustained a head injury.

This is not having a go at match officials - but when both clubs are making the same remarks all we are asking for is some consistency and common sense.

Potton United: Craig Lewis, Marc Umney, Ashley Yeomans, Stuart Gillies (Nathan Field), Luke Harradine, Chris Reeves, Joe Aris, Mark Ansell-Carter, Adam Marsh (Alex Taylor), Kenny Smith, Tyler Prince (Joe Jordan)