Potton boys scent more KO Cup joy

PUBLISHED: 10:10 08 March 2007 | UPDATED: 11:37 06 May 2010

Potton United moved through to the semi-finals of the UCL KO Cup this week. A powerful first-half display from the 2005 winners sent holders Yaxley crashing out of the Knockout Cup with a 4-2 defeat at The Hollow on Tuesday night. Steve Kuhne opened the s

Potton United moved through to the semi-finals of the UCL KO Cup this week.

A powerful first-half display from the 2005 winners sent holders Yaxley crashing out of the Knockout Cup with a 4-2 defeat at The Hollow on Tuesday night.

Steve Kuhne opened the scoring 12 minutes in and doubled the Royals' advantage after 21 minutes.

Gareth Cottenden made it three for Potton three minutes later before Ian Edge replied for the Cuckoos after 32 minutes.

The respite was shortlived for the holders as Brett Donnelly scored a fourth for the Royals six minutes before the break.

Yaxley scored the second half's only goal but James Richardson's 73rd minute effort was little more than a consolation.

Biggleswade United survived two red cards, five cautions and a highly controversial goal to win 2-1 at Ruislip Manor on Monday night.

Dreadful weather conditions together with a poor playing surface did not make for good football.

United took the lead in the 21st minute when Robbie O'Dell slipped past three defenders and fired home low past the keeper.

Nick Stillwell was red carded minutes later for allegedly retaliating to a two-footed challenge.

A controversial equaliser arrived in the 39th minute as a powerful strike thundered against the United bar and bounced down inches from the goal line. Mickey Swaysland punched the ball over the line but neither the referee nor his assistant saw the incident.

The 17-year-old Sam Thrower, playing his first full game for United, put in a man of the match display as they battled manfully.

Keith Thomas scored the winner in the 73rd minute as he raced on to Danny Bennett's throughball.

Martin Russell then unfairly picked up a second yellow card but United held on for the last 10 minutes with just nine men.

This result came little more than 48 hours after the 2-0 home defeat by Welwyn Garden City.

A moment of indecision between Michael Scarisbrick and Bennett let in Deniz Mehmet and the Welwyn front man jinked his way around the two back men and fired low past Adam Lawrence for the opening goal.

Late on, a moment of madness saw Welwyn extend their lead in the 82nd minute.

United overplayed and Matt Wardle squared to unmarked substitute Lee Benmore to tap the ball into an empty net.

Biggleswade Town won 2-1 at Colney Heath on Saturday to help in their struggle to avoid relegation from the SML Premier Division.


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