Kemsing United FC v Potters FC – Saturday April 17th 2021 – Common Field Kemsing

Kemsing United FC play in green and white vertical stripes and black shorts and Potters FC in purple shirts and white shorts.
Sevenoaks & District League Premier Division at 16/04/21

This Sevenoaks & District league match followed on from my visit to a league game at Hawkenbury last weekend. The league table showed that Potters were second in the league and Kemsing United just two places lower in 4th.

It was a beautiful sunny afternoon for this 12.30 kick off at the Common Field Recreation Ground.

The teams gathered for a minute’s silence prior to kickoff, to honour the memory of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, whose funeral was being held later today.

The match began with a steady pace and chances at both ends. Both defences looked strong but on ten minutes, Potters won a penalty, following a heavy Kemsing challenge in the box.

The penalty for Potters FC is about to be taken.

The penalty was well struck, but the keeper dived to their right and parried it and the Potter’s striker was unable to finish from the rebound.

An opening half of end to end football.
Potters FC attempt to attack.

As half time came, the match was still evenly poised. Potters had looked strongest going forward but the midfield and defence for Kemsing United was solid.

Fine defending and a good save reflecting the organisation and tenacity of the Kemsing United defence in the first half.
A heavy second half challenge leads to injuries to two players, representing both sides.

The second half began with a new atmosphere of antagonism between the players. Some heavy challenges were made and arguments began to break out, with the referee brandishing cards and warnings. The loss of focus began to affect Kemsing’s players and they appeared to lose their defensive rigour. Subsequently on 65 minutes, Potters FC capitalised, with their number 19 scoring with a neat lobbed finish.

Build up to the first goal.
The Potters FC number 19 flicks the ball over the Kemsing keeper to make it 0-1.

Kemsing United went all out for an equaliser but in so doing left themselves open at the back. Potters exploited this and had a chance that hit the post and a goal which was disallowed from a corner.

Kemsing player departs after a red card.

On 80 minutes the Kemsing number 20 was sent off for a second yellow card offence. You could sense the hope draining from the Kemsing players at this point. Within five minutes Potters had scored a second, with a looped shot going over the stranded Kemsing keeper.

The second Potters FC goal and a celebration worth watching!
Second half action
Potters push forward in the second half.

Potters FC then made it 3-0 with a goal from a corner in the 89th minute.

3-0 from a header scored from a corner.

There was still time for Kemsing United to grab a consolation goal in the 90th minute. The Potters FC keeper made a weak punched clearance, which allowed the left back for Kemsing to fire home from the left hand side of the box, making the score 1-3 at full time.

Full time and the teams shake hands.

Kemsing United really did deserve more from this match but Potters FC showed their class when it mattered. The points they gathered today took them to the top of the league with games in hand, although Nomads could regain the lead when they play later today..

A beautiful day and a lovely setting.

The ground is a really beautiful location in which to watch football, and both sides played with passion and some flair. The Common Field Kemsing is well worth a visit.

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