A reshuffled Potton United exited the Hinchingbrooke Cup on Tuesday but gave a strong Godmanchester Rovers side a run for their money.
In this tie Potton were without five of the squad at the weekend (three injured and two work commitments) but the reshuffled squad gave a very creditable performance against Rovers who are currently second in the Eastern Counties League, one step higher than United.
In the end it was the strength and speed that saw Godmanchester win 3-1 and progress to the next round when they will be away to Peterborough Sports.
In the opening minute Ben Yeomans just failed to connect with a cross from Lewis MacdDonald. In the seventh minute Kenny Smith received the ball 25 yards out and with the keeper trying to get back in goal fired in a good shot to give Potton the lead with an opportunist goal.
Taylor Parr was proving to be an attacking full back and headed narrowly over from a corner. Joe Aris shot wide and from a loose ball in the Godmanchester penalty area they eventually cleared the danger.
In the 26th minute Godmanchester equalised when after a free kick Chris Hyem slotted past Craig Lewis. Alex Taylor had a shot from 30 yards that went over the bar.
In the 28th minute Potton defence was all over the place and first Yeomans missed an open goal and with Potton thinking the danger had been cleared the ball went to Dan Kerrigan who scored to put Godmanchester in the lead. A couple of bad tackles led to players from both sides pushing and shoving and after consulting both referee’s assistants the referee showed yellow cards to Joe Aris and Lloyd Groves.
In the second half Parr moved into the penalty area and shot wide. At the other end Kenny Smith was well placed but shot weakly at the keeper. Lewis saved well from Kerrigan and Parr headed wide.
Alex Taylor tried a long shot but was well wide. Substitute James Wills had a shot blocked and from the rebound Joe Aris shot wide. Parr crossed for Seabar-Shinn to shoot over the bar.
James Hall’s free kick took a wicked deflection and Lewis made a great save pushing the ball over the bar. Wills was fouled on the very edge of the penalty area and with Potton appealing for a penalty the free kick came to nothing.
In the 86th minute Godmanchester were awarded a free kick and from this somehow James Hall connected with the back of his head and the ball looped over Lewis and just under the bar.
Godmanchester were very quick on the break and off the ball but Potton stuck to their task until the end. Rovers were very complimentary about the playing surface and facility. It was also good to see a crowd of over 70 for the match who witnessed a good game of football.
On Saturday Potton entertain Oakham United who are in third place in the league with two points more than Potton but have played five more matches.
Over the rest of November Potton have matches arranged for every Saturday and Tuesday so player availability is going to determine whether Potton can continue their quest for a promotion place.
Potton United: Craig Lewis, Calum Forster, Ashley Yeomans, Shaun Faulkner, Luke Harradine, Alex Taylor (James Wills), Steve Muggeridge, Joe Aris, Gary Ansell-Carter, Kenny Smith, Joe Jordan.