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Rupert Wyman 10th Dec 2008 - 10:30

Potter to produce some more FA Cup wizardry

Alfie Potter shot to fame in last season's FA Cup scoring the second goal for Havant & Waterlooville at Anfield as his non-league side took the lead for the second time in their fourth round tie. Now the little winger seeks to continue his FA Cup exploits with Kettering.

Potter, whose parent club is Peterborough, was on-loan at Havant last season and this season has been sent to Kettering.

Shortly after his Anfield exploits Potter was recalled from his loan spell with the south coast side to return to Peterborough. However, Potter did not get much of a chance in Peterborough's side as they sealed their promotion from League 2.

This season appeared to be going the same way so Posh boss Darren Ferguson loaned Potter out yet again, this time to newly-promoted Blue Square Premier side Kettering Town.

Tonight, Potter's latest side face League 2 Notts County in a second round FA Cup replay at Rockingham Road.

The Poppies have made a promising start to their season and even topped the table at one stage, but they have now slipped down to ninth.

Town are without a win in their last four league matches but during this period they have also played four FA Cup matches.

In the first round proper they beat League 2 side Lincoln City in a replay at Sincil Bank to earn the right to face Notts County in the second round.

The initial tie at Meadow Lane ended all-square at 1-1 and in tonight's replay the teams will fight it out for the right to host second round conquerors of Wycombe Wanderers, Eastwood Town.

Eastwood are the lowest ranked team left in this year's competition as they normally ply their trade in the seventh tier of English football, the Unibond League.

Therefore, whoever comes out on top in the replay will fancy their chances of progressing to the fourth round where they would hope to meet one of the big boys.

Kettering are 7/5 favourites to get the win within 90 minutes and look well placed to do so. As well as Potter Kettering have a number of players with league experience behind them most notably defender Guy Branston.

Branston started out his career as a trainee at Leicester before moving permanently to Rotherham where the hard-as-nails stopper built his reputation.

With Branston stopping them at one end and Potter providing width and creativity at the other, then Notts County could well struggle to overcome their non-league opposition.

County, who sit 15th in League 2, come into the match having lost five of their last seven matches. The Magpies should probably be doing better than what they have been with some of the players at manager Ian McParland's disposal.

Amongst their ranks are strikers Jamie Forrester and Delroy Facey, goal scoring midfielder Richard Butcher, experienced left back Jamie Clapham and veteran keeper Russell Hoult.

An away win tonight can be backed at 19/10 and on their day County could make the price look very big, but unfortunately their day isn't as often as it should be.

Magic man Potter is a 14/1 shot to score the first goal and is priced at 11/2 to score anytime. Both of these prices look rather big and certainly appeal.

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