Towcester Town – 4
Potterspury – 2
Towcester Town secured their place in this season’s Buckingham Junior Charity Cup final with a first half showing that Potterspury had no answer to, and once keeper Sam Kelly was sent off it was always going to be an uphill struggle for his side to get themselves back into the tie, the resulting penalty put them three down and it was four before the break, Richard Parker helping himself to a forty minute hatrick which could have been double at least by the end of the game. Despite the poor weather conditions at the start of the game, a few hearty souls braved the conditions to witness this local derby between the sides from the North Bucks & District League Premier Division, Pury now go into Tuesday’s Fred Tew Final for losing semi-finalists where they meet Steeple Claydon, whilst Town meet Deanshanger Athletic on Thursday evening for the gold & silver play-off, both games again at Stony Stratford.
An early long throw into the box from Towcester was allowed to bounce which saw Parker able to get a header that Potterspury custodian Kelly had to fling himself at to push away for a corner, another searching cross then met the head of Jack Shaw but he could only help it on its way wide of the far upright, Parker then tucked a pass inside to his skipper Macaulay Copping who inside the penalty arc had to twist and turn before seeing his curling effort brush the keepers fingertips on its way past the post. At this stage Joe Major’s men were finding it hard to contain their opponents; a brief respite saw Dave Cole drag a shot wide from eighteen yards out, but on thirteen minutes the inevitable opener came but it was an error in defence that saw Town break the deadlock, a free kick back to Kelly who laid off to a defender who in turn played straight into the path of Parker who from twenty-five yards simply accelerated into the box to slot home.
Macaulay Copping puts Towcester in command from spot
Parker doubled his tally five minutes later when he collected a pass twenty yards out in the middle of the pitch from where he fired into the bottom right hand corner, moments later a corner curled in saw the front man crash a header back off the post with a defender on hand to clear, but then on twenty-four minutes the game seemed over for Pury when Sam Kelly was sent off. Shaw was released away on goal and as the keeper came out to challenge he went down, the referee allowed play to continue as a shot was cleared inside the six-yard box but then blew his whistle and pointed to the spot, before brandishing the straight red to Kelly. Despite the protests Adam Kelly donned the gloves but was powerless to stop Copping firing into the top corner, Lee White was then sacrificed as Sam Pittam was brought on to play in between the sticks whilst Adam Kelly returned to his forward position.
A free kick to Pury was cleared out by the blue defence as far as Joe Manning but his fierce drive was rising all the way as it sailed over Loz Benham’s crossbar, and another set piece angled in towards the far post was met on the volley by Dean Lyden that flashed across the goal face and a yard or two wide. Town completed their scoring five minutes before the interval through a simple routine, a goal kick from Pittam went straight to Shaw in midfield who hit it first time straight back through the middle of the black & white defence for Parker to smash into the bottom corner to complete his hatrick. H/T: 4-0
Ollie Whittome scores late second for Potterspury
Towcester started the second half as they finished the first when a ball across the Pury backline was chased down by Parker and he dinked inside to Shaw to hit first time but over the top, at the opposite end Jamie Hall was played in on goal where Benham denied with his legs inside his six-yard box, the same striker then released away upfield again where he was shadowed all the way by Oliver Peters who timed his sliding challenge perfectly to rob possession just as it seemed he would shoot from close range. A free kick to Potterspury right on the far left of the penalty box saw Kelly fire over the top, but then just on the hour mark he was sent chasing into the area where he rounded the keeper but the challenge brought him down and a second penalty of the evening awarded, despite the calls for cards again nothing was given and Kelly pulled a goal back from the spot.
Another poor clearance found Copping unmarked where he was allowed the freedom to take a touch before attempting to curl inside the back post but only found the waiting gloves of Pittam, at the other end substitute Stevie Dean flashed a low drive diagonally across the box and wide of the far upright, with twelve minutes left the deficit was reduced further when a knock down the middle for Ollie Whittome to chase after saw him slot home from inside the arc. A Town free kick saw Copping fizz into the box where two opposite sets of boots sent the ball over the bar, the officials deciding a goal kick would suffice, the last chance then saw the Towcester captain find their hatrick man on the eighteen yard line with back to the target, his flick up and overhead kick comfortable for Pittam to catch. F/T: 4-2
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