Bar dig in against Planters as winning run moves to four

PUBLISHED: 14:52 05 February 2018 | UPDATED: 14:54 05 February 2018

Ben Goode returned between the sticks for Potters Bar Town. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ben Goode returned between the sticks for Potters Bar Town. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Potters Bar Town scrapped their way to a fourth successive Bostik League North Division success by winning 1-0 away to Norwich United.

After victories over fellow promotion chasers Haringey Borough, Bowers & Pitsea and Maldon & Tiptree it was important that they didn’t slip up against a Norwich side that are battling against relegation.

And they were given a tough game on a difficult pitch but Eoin Casey’s 12th-minute goal was enough to give the visitors the points despite surviving late pressure and a disallowed strike from the Planters.

Bar started brightly with a flowing move involving Casey, Lee O’Leary and new signing Ben Ward-Cochrane, making his debut after his switch from Enfield Town, ending with Andy Lomas firing over the top with his famed right foot.

Moments later Sean Grace headed over as Bar continued the pressure and with just 10 minutes gone the lively Sandro Costa broke down the left to set up Casey, but his shot was easily dealt with by the Norwich ‘keeper.

However, the deserved first goal was just around the corner and came after George Nicholas drove down the right.

A back flick from Ward-Cochrane made its way to Casey and the in-form frontman netted for his 25th goal of the season.

Approaching the half hour Ward-Cochrane found himself in the clear but was denied by a defender’s block.

The half ended with the visitors still on the attack as Chris Doyle crossed only for the keeper to take with Ward-Cochrane waiting to pounce.

The second half saw the game become bogged down with few chances for either side and a spate of bookings for Norwich.

What scarce chances there were fell to the Scholars and the returning Ben Goode in the visitor’s goal had a relatively uneventful reintroduction after a long lay-off.

The best chances of the half fell to Costa, who shot over following good work by Ward-Cochrane, and the debutant himself fired wide after being freed by a fine ball from O’Leary.

With the game deep into time added on it looked as though Bar’s hard work had been undone as Norwich broke down the right and put the ball in the net.

The raised flag of the assistant referee save Potters and keeps them third in the table.

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