Report by Darren Stanger
TWYFORD UTD 3
Blackwell 25 (pen) & 78 (pen)
Arnold – Hinson – Dickens (capt) – McCabe- Ayris – Jeacock- Gregory- Wood- R Sunderland – McAuley- Peacock
Subs – M Sunderland – Goodwin – Barnes
S Kelly – Page – James Golding – Peacock – Crook- Broughall – Ord (capt) -Worsfold – Blackwell – Josh Golding – A Kelly
Subs – Blake – Dean – Major
Twyford Utd made a stunning last minute comeback from being 2-1 down to snatch a late victory over league leaders Potterspury in the Premier Division trophy. United goalkeeper Colin Piggott pulled out shortly before the game due to a sickness virus with defender Jack Arnold taking Piggotts place in the Twyford goal.
In an evenly balanced game both sides did play attractive passing football. Potterspury midfielder Rick Worsfold unfortunately went off with an ankle injury in just the eighth minute of the game and was replaced by Lewis Blake.
There were limited chances for either side in the first half. United’s Ash Peacock had the first clear shot on goal in the 18th minute but his effort was easily saved by Sam Kelly.
Sam Wood also had an effort which went over the bar.
However Potterspury always did look dangerous going forward and in the 25th minute were awarded a penalty when Adam Kelly was fouled in the penalty area. Martin Blackwell neatly slotted away the penalty to give Potterspury the lead.
Adam Kelly nearly doubled Potterspury’s lead when his superb free kick was spectacularly saved by Jack Arnold who tipped the ball wide of the post.
Mike McAuley almost equalised for United when his low shot was pushed wide of the post by Sam Kelly.
Potterspury created a couple more chances in the first half where Andy Ord headed over the crossbar from Adam Kelly’s testing free kick into the United box and Blackwell’s volley went wide following a superb cross from Josh Goulding.
United had the first chances of an eventful second half as both Ryan Sunderland and Peacock had efforts which went wide of the post.
In the 63rd minute Sunderland almost equalised for United when his powerful header hit the post. Peacock then forced a good save from Sam Kelly when his shot was brilliantly blocked.
United’s hard work and pressure finally paid off in the 74th minute when Johnny Ayris poked the ball home from close range following Peacock’s dangerous corner in the box to give United the equaliser.
Sunderland nearly gave United the lead shortly afterwards but his shot was cleared off the line following a goal mouth scramble.
The game was coming into life with both sides playing good attacking football. Potterspury regained the lead in the 78th minute with an exact copy of their first goal. Adam Kelly was again clumsily bought down in the penalty area and Potterspury were awarded a penalty. Blackwell neatly converted the penalty away to put Potterspury 2-1 up.
Adam Kelly could have put the game behind United’s reach but his shot went wide of the post.
United never gave up and pushed hard to try and get the equaliser and with time running out they were awarded a free kick just outside of the box.
With every member of the United team in the area, Peacock’s dangerous free kick into the box found goalkeeper Arnold whose powerful header gave United the equaliser.
With the game heading towards extra time United then scored a last gasp winner when substitute Haydn Goodwin shot beat everybody to give United victory and progress to the second round of the North Bucks Premier Division trophy.