Royals get revenge in premier cup tie
FOOTBALL round-up Potton United made it through to the semi-finals of the Hunts Premier Cup with a hard-fought 3-2 win (aet) over Wootton Blue Cross on Tuesday night. Wootton had won both league meetings by the odd goal so this was always going to be a to
Potton United made it through to the semi-finals of the Hunts Premier Cup with a hard-fought 3-2 win (aet) over Wootton Blue Cross on Tuesday night.
Wootton had won both league meetings by the odd goal so this was always going to be a tough match.
Potton took the lead in the eighth minute when a defender was adjudged to have controlled the ball with his arm and Steve Kuhne made no mistake from the penalty spot.
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Wootton equalised six minutes later when John Hoggett stabbed home the loose ball from close range.
Kuhne scored his second on the stroke of half time when he got on the end of a Paul Garrett cross.
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The visitors again equalised when a clearance from Brad Gillham fell to Craig Daniel who lifted the ball over the stranded keeper's head into an empty net from 30 yards.
With Potton looking the stronger of the sides, the game went into extra-time.
It was five minutes from time that Kuhne was brought down just inside the area. He picked himself up to convert the penalty which secured his first hat-trick of the season as well as the tie.
After a weather enforced two-week break, Potton played some excellent football in winning 3-2 at home to Blackstones on Saturday and had enough chances to win the game by a bigger margin.
Potton looked the stronger side from the kick-off and did not make the most of the goalscoring opportunities.
Gillham in the Potton goal rarely touched the ball in the first 20 minutes but it was Blackstones who took the lead against the run of play in the 23rd minute.
Gillham pulled off a fine save but Graham Epps was on hand to put away the rebound. Brett Donnelly equalised just before the break and Garrett put the home side ahead two minutes into the second half with a powerful left-foot drive across the visiting keeper.
Donnelly scored his second of the match 10 minutes from time when he outjumped the visiting goalkeeper, his header dipping under the bar.
Blackstones scored a late consolation as Gareth Williams netted a minute from time.
Biggleswade United went down 5-3 at home to Aylesbury Vale in the SML Premier Division on Tuesday night.
Jack Weeden scored all three goals for the home side, the first from the penalty spot after Rhys Cannella was sent sprawling.
But United were trailing by the break and conceded twice more on the restart.
Weeden then completed his hat-trick either side of a fifth for Aylesbury Vale.
This defeat followed a 2-0 derby success at Langford on Saturday.
Centre-half Michael Scarisbrick broke the deadlock in the 38th minute.
An unmarked Scarisbrick slotted home with ease after a goalmouth melee following a Weeden corner.
Cannella played a key role in United's second on 70 minutes.
His perfect crossfield pass to Sam Brown wide on the right saw the United midfielder send over a pinpoint cross to Weeden who made no mistake from inside the six-yard area.
The final minutes saw both sides create further chances - a half volley from Weeden hit the Langford woodwork.
United's woodwork also took a bashing when a low strike from Langford substitute Thomas Mustapha found its way through a crowded penalty area.
Biggleswade Town are showing improved form and are now off the bottom of the table.
A 2-2 draw at Leverstock Green on Tuesday night followed Jamie Steele scoring the winner against Ruislip Manor on Saturday.