Donnelly loses his head
Arlesey Town 3 Potton United 1 THERE was a heated rematch in the Beds Senior Cup on Tuesday night. The Blues won 3-1 to move into the semi-final after the initial tie was abandoned after 90 minutes due to an injury to the referee. The tie boiled over when
Arlesey Town 3 Potton United 1
THERE was a heated rematch in the Beds Senior Cup on Tuesday night.
The Blues won 3-1 to move into the semi-final after the initial tie was abandoned after 90 minutes due to an injury to the referee.
The tie boiled over when Brett Donnelly, who began the season at Hitchin Road, was sent off minutes before half-time.
Ozie Foster threatened to break the deadlock when he was unlucky to see his shot go just wide of the upright with keeper Brad Gillham beaten.
Then Paul Bloss broke free and sent in a deep cross for the incoming Luke Gregson, whose diving header flew into the side netting.
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The Blues opened the scoring a minute later. Lee Tekell's free-kick was met by Foster who dived low to bundle the ball in from close range.
It took just four minutes for Potton to level the scores via a penalty smacked home by Paul Garrett.
But the Blues went ahead again when a flowing move ended up with Darran Hay being floored just outside the box. Tekell took the kick and it flew into the net off the head of defender Glen Crook.
It got worse for Potton as a skirmish in the Arlesey box was initially waved away by the referee before a full-scale melee developed.
Donnelly was singled out and received a red card.
Ten-man Potton started well after the break and continued to make the pace as they strove for an equaliser.
A poor clearance dropped to Nathan Buckland, whose volley was pushed wide in spectacular fashion by Nick Bussey.
Gregson fired in a fine angled shot that Gillham did well to hold as Arlesey launched their first serious attack of the half.
A Potton free-kick was tipped over the bar, again in spectacular style, by Bussey.
The pressure nearly paid off as Luke Donnelly wasted an opportunity when he was clean through and Bussey gleefully picked up the loose ball.
Then a free-kick for Potton on the left was headed from six yards and Bussey somehow beat it away. Another corner followed and Njotsa headed off the line.
A corner kick in added time was the last throw of the dice for Potton.
With everyone forward, Potton were caught by a quick break and Bloss was pulled down in the penalty area. Tekell settled the match with a well-taken kick.
Their reward is a trip to Leighton Town in the semi-finals.
Blues: Bussey, Dillnutt (Nichol), Bloss, Tekell, Njotsa, Cox, Beevor, Gregson, Hay, Foster (Henry), Hammond.