FA Cup Preliminary Round: Brentwood Town 1 Potters Bar Town 0

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Brentwood Town vs Potters Bar Town

Brentwood Town progressed to the FA Cup First Round Qualifier with a 1-0 home win over Potters Bar Town at the Brentwood Arena.

Courtney White grabbed the only goal of the game eight minutes from time to put ‘The Blues’ through and will now have another home tie against London Colony.

Potters Bar Town were down to ten-men for the remaining 28 minutes of the game after Lee Close was given a straight red for a stamp on Callum Webb.

Brentwood had the first chance of the match, with a free-kick lofted into the box was met by Courtney White for Brentwood which fell to Captain Martyn Stokes but his shot was blocked and away from the visitors.

The away side had their first real opportunity from range as Josh Hutchinson’s shot was well held from Ollie Bowles.

Callum Webb had a glorious chance to take the lead 27 minutes in after Sherwin Stanley’s pass came off the defender and into the path of Webb who shot wide from inside the box.

In the second half just after the hour mark Lee Close was sent off after stamp on Webb, referee played advantage and brought it back after spotting the incident and gave him a straight red.

Potters Bar still managed to create chances despite being down to ten men as Hutchinson’s header went just wide.

Early second-half substitute Sam Bantick burst down the left flank and cut inside to whip a shot which stung the palms of Underwood.

Alex Akofi went past his man on the counter-attack and tried to lift the ball over the keeper which was saved, Bantick at the second attempt for Brentwood just outside the box was blocked then the rebound back to Bantick was cleared off the line by Matt Clifford.

The visitors sat deeper and deeper the longer the game went on but Brentwood finally broke the deadlock with eight minutes remaining as Jason Dobbs solo run down the right hand side got a cross in from the by-line was tucked home by White.

Substitute Alex Akofi almost secured the win after he turned his man and attacked the box and lashed his shot towards goal which was well saved by Underwood.

The away side’s defence was beginning to open up and Dobbs again with a great cross was headed just over by Bantick.

Brentwood held off the remaining four minutes of injury time to go into the next of the FA Cup with another home tie on the 13 September.

Brentwood Town Lineup: 1 Olly Bowles, 2 Jack Gardner (89), 3 Louis Baucutt, 4 Martyn Stokes ©, 5 Ryan O’Rawe, 6 Callum Webb, 7 Jason Dobbs, 8 Danny Dafter, 9 Courtney White, 10 Sherwin Stanley (55), 11 Robbie Rees (51).

Subs: 12 Alex Akofi (55), 14 Shad Ngandu, 15 Christian Mbulu, 16 Daryl Robson, 17 Sam Bantick (51), 18 James Pellin, 19 Yeshaya Lomoley (89)

Potters Bar Town Lineup: 1 Mike Underwood, 2 Lee Close, 3 Matt Clifford, 4 Jack Friend, 5 Tom Boxer, 6 Ashley Harrison-Barker (89), 7 James Ewington (71), 8 Chris Doyle, 9 Josh Hutchinson, 10 Alex Sheperd, 11 Lamar Simpson

Subs: 13 Connor Sanson, 14 Sonny Feltwell, 15 Mark Brown (89), 16 Laurence Rispoli, 17 Frankie Lane (71)

Attendance: 112

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