Potters FC v Blackham & Ashurst Saracens – Saturday April 24th 2021 – Potters Mede Sports Ground

A fierce challenge sends the Potters FC player flying.

I visited the Potters Mede Sports Ground at the request of the club, after they had retweeted a link to my blog after last week’s match at Kemsing. The Sevenoaks and District Premier League clash was set for a 12.30 kick off.

The entrance to the ground and the main clubhouse.

I arrived to find a beautifully set ground on the edge of Borough Green and Wrotham. There was a good range of parking and the entrance to the ground was adjacent to a large clubhouse with changing and refreshment facilities.

The table before the match showed Potters at the top of the table and Blackham and Ashurst Saracens trailing in seventh place, although their recent form was much improved. Potters came into the game on the back of the 3-1 away win, I reported on last week, at Kemsing United.

The ground was bathed in sunshine and the raised bank alongside the pitch gave a good viewing platform and comfortable seating.

Potters FC

We were also joined at stages in the match by a horse in the field next to the pitch.

The Potters FC horse!!

The first half was evenly fought with few chances but much of the play fought out in midfield. Potters best chance came from a cross, which found last week’s scorer, (Number 19), with a fine header.

The closest Potters FC chance in the first half.

Just before half time Blackham & Ashurst Saracens were enraged when two shouts for penalties after challenges from the side in the box, were denied. The young referee stayed calm and was decisive in ignoring the appeals, even though the protests from the away players showed they really believed themselves to be on the end of at least one wrong decision.

Action from a close first half.
Blackham and Ashurst (in Red Shirts with black sleeves and Red Shorts) attack towards the goal defended by Potters FC (Purple Shirts and White Shorts)
Launching another ball for the winger to attack down the left flank.

At half time the scores were set at 0-0. After a short break both sides set off for the second half with Potters FC emerging like a team inspired. Early attacks paid off when their number 3 scored a well placed header from a corner to give them the lead, on 47 minutes.

A great headed goal.

The goal seemed to galvanise Blackham & Ashurst Saracens who threw themselves forward and finally had a reward on 61 minutes when they too scored with a header, resulting from a well placed corner. If you look closely at the clip, it appears to be a headed own goal, with the defender under pressure from the Blackham Number 16.

The equalising goal for 1-1.

Within 5 minutes Blackham & Ashurst Saracens finally had their long sought penalty, following a push in the box.

The penalty is smoothly dispatched to put the away side 1-2 ahead on 66 minutes.
The second half was evenly fought.
Both goal keepers were kept busy.
Midfield was a “hold nothing back” duel which at times both sides dominated for short periods, before fading again. This also led to the issuing of some yellow cards, in a game which was actually well tempered.

With five minutes to go, Potters grabbed an equaliser to make it 2-2. After a free kick and some scrambled play in the box, the Potters FC number 3, grabbed his second, with a well placed shot to secure the much needed goal.

Shortly after the goal one of the Blackham & Ashurst Saracens’ players was sin-binned for a ten minute period for an offence which the referee believed merited a harsh punishment. After this both teams went close, with Potters FC even finding time, in the added on period, to strike the bar.

A last gasp effort, to secure a winner, strikes the crossbar.

At the end both teams looked shattered but were warmly applauded by the small crowd watching who appreciated having seen a fine match, on a lovely sunny day, in a great setting.

Exhausted player from both teams, at the final whistle.

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