Potterspury – 1
Great Horwood – 0
Potterspury beat local rivals Great Horwood on Tuesday evening with an early strike from Jamie Hall to leapfrog their guests into second place in the North Bucks & District Premier Division table, a game played in some early evening sunshine that saw warm temperatures up until the end of the game that saw plenty of chances created during the ninety minutes from both sides, but some great keeping and defending saw the game decided by that solitary strike in the seventh minute. Horwood hit the woodwork twice, their hosts also found the goal frame in their way but both Neil Cardwell & Ian McStraw wearing the gloves made crucial saves throughout to keep the scoreline down, on another day any of the front men on display could have had a hatrick with the amount of chances that were spurned.
As early as the fifth minute Dale Armitage got down the flank and cut inside to Brandon Bowes who saw his shot bounce off the post and out for a goal kick, Sid Hawkins had a close range effort blocked and Adam Armitage fired straight at Cardwell all before the hosts opened the scoring, from the shot stoppers clearance Adam Kelly was away down the left channel to square inside to Hall who from twelve yards couldn’t miss. A Horwood free kick floated in was inches from Hawkins head, at the opposite end Lee White warmed McStraw’s hands from the edge of the box, a cross from their left saw the yellow midfielder Bowes head straight into waiting gloves and a good throw in routine for Pury saw Kelly released along the edge of the area where he curled over the top.
Kelly turned provider with a superb over the shoulder ball downfield for Hall to chase after, in behind the defence he was thwarted by McStraw advancing to block, another throw to Hawkins saw him loop over as he lost his balance and Hall again found space before driving over the crossbar. Despite the heat both sides continued to press and a goal kick headed back over the Horwood backline saw the scorer clear the bar, Dale Armitage fired wide of the back stick from midfield & Stevie Dean thumped straight at the keeper from distance, the final action saw a throw flicked onto Kelly in the penalty arc, he powered towards the target where Frankie Tarrant put his body in front to deflect over the top. H/T: 1-0
Dale Armitage got down the left early after the restart and found Hawkins in the box with his back to goal, he managed to turn and shoot forcing Cardwell into a great save, their next chance saw Ryan Tappin cut in from the wing and as the keeper came out he chipped past him but the wrong side of the frame. Just ahead of the hour mark the visitor’s did get the ball in the net when Dale Armitage beat his marker to a cross to head home however a raised flag denied, a Bowes drive from twenty yards had to be pushed over the top, the next Horwood attack was cleared long for Hall to collect and escaping his marker faced a one on one with McStraw who somehow denied with his feet when it looked odds on the lead would be doubled.
The away side conceded possession allowing their hosts to counter attack but as the ball was played into the box for recently introduced Jay Ditum he could only screw away from the target, Tappin found the head of Gary Ridgway in front of goal only to watch his effort crash back off the crossbar to safety, Pury skipper Danny Shepherd curled a twenty-five yard free kick straight at McStraw all before a cross saw a flick from Sam Pittam elude the reach of the custodian but bounce back off the bar, it hit the keeper and deflected back towards the empty net but somehow he gathered to stop it bouncing over the line, and a shot from the same player cutting in from the right saw another save with both hands.
As the game wore on Ridgway curled an effort a couple of feet past the back post, a Horwood corner saw a mass of heads all rise but Hawkins glanced wide, Pury countered from the restart and as the ball was fizzed across the six yard box sliding in Nathan Short just couldn’t quite connect to divert home. Andy Brunning made a break down the flank for Horwood and reaching the area he fired low towards the back post but Cardwell got down well to push away, there was still time for another Pury attack that saw Hall & Ditum drive at the yellow backline, the former taking the shot on which McStraw somehow stuck out a hand to and divert past his upright. F/T: 1-0
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