Bar left anything but short as set-piece routines pave way for gr-eight success
PUBLISHED: 17:30 01 February 2018
Potters Bar Hockey Club showed they were masters of the short corners as they smashed hapless West Herts 3rds 8-0 in East League Division Two South.
After last week’s uncharacteristic lacklustre performance, this was Bar at their best.
Miles Tomkins led the scoring charts with three but he was closely followed by Ed Whybrow and Mark Turpin on two.
Dave Flynn added the other and Ben Balmforth picked up the man of the match award for a rare clean sheet.
That was pleasing but so was the fact that five of the eight goals came from the set-piece.
Potters were 2-0 up after just six minutes.
Graham Abrey found Whybrow’s flat stick for the deflection and the first of the short corner goals and then Jon Elms slipped in skipper Turpin who got fortunate with a deflection off the keeper.
The third was an exact replica of the first and a third set-piece goal early in the second half saw Turpin find Tomkins and he drilled a low effort into the bottom corner.
Bar did lose the influential Raymond Li to a calf strain but it never stopped the flood of home chances and not long after it was 5-0.
A super ball into the D from Ajay Patel saw Whybrow get behind the West Herts defensive line.
He pulled the ball back to Turpin who had his shot saved but the keeper could only deflect it across the face of goal where Tomkins was waiting at the back post for a simple finish.
With no let up, Bar’s tenacity in the middle of the second half paid off with yet another perfect short corner routine.
This time box-to-box midfielder Flynn was on hand to deflect in another superbly placed Abrey drag flick.
Things continued to go swimmingly for Bar as goal number seven wasn’t long in coming.
An excellent ball from Elms down the left saw Tomkins attack along the base line and although he was under pressure from the last defender, he pulled the ball back to Turpin on the penalty spot who powered the ball through the goalie’s legs from close range.
The final goal came from another corner routine.
Tomkins stepped up and executed a perfect strike to complete his hat-trick.