Bostik League: Potters Bar Town surge to the top of the Premier Division after confident Kingstonian success
PUBLISHED: 10:49 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 10:51 16 August 2018
It was already a historic night for Potters Bar Town when they kicked off their first home game in the Bostik Premier Division against Kingstonian but it ended even better – with the Scholars sitting proudly on top of the table.
They produced a stunning display in front of a 200 plus crowd at the Pakex to clinch a 3-0 win.
Kingstonian opened sharply, putting the home defence under pressure with some slick passing, good movement and plenty of pace.
Early pressure from the visitors saw Muhammad Faal cross for Elliot Buchanan to head into the arms of Berkley Laurencin in the home goal.
A driving run by former St Albans City man Shaun Lucien ended with a shot flying wide of the Potters Bar goal.
A Faal corner also found Buchanan but he shot over the bar.
However, with the early storm weathered the Scholars began to find some belief as Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes found his feet and started to cause the Kings defenders all sorts of difficulty.
One tricky run drew yet another foul, Keagan Cole’s effort from the resulting free-kick just evading the bar.
But it was only a brief let-off for the visitors as Bar took the lead with 26 minutes on the clock.
A fine cross-field ball by Dernell Wynter found Sandro for once without the attention of three defenders ,and his well-placed cross found the head of Cole who did the rest for his first goal for the club.
Five minutes later it was two as a Cole free-kick fell to Eoin Casey who did well to keep his shot down, driving it past Rob Tolfrey.
James Budden almost sealed it seconds later but his header from a Billy Adcock corner was blocked as it headed towards goal.
The Scholars continued to apply pressure and Cole almost had his second when another set-piece from the former Hendon man rattled the crossbar.
The second half started quietly with the only real chance coming when Casey was inches away from connecting to a fine Lee O’Leary cross.
The visitors threw all three substitutes on at once, including another former St Albans man in the dangerous Louie Theophanous.
But it was Potters Bar who got the final goal of the evening, George Nicholas, on as a sub for Cole, latching on to a through ball and finishing with aplomb.
Bar are back at the Pakex on Saturday when Whitehawk are the visitors.