Fine comeback but terrible first half ends Scholars’ unbeaten run
PUBLISHED: 07:00 13 December 2017
Potters Bar Town managed to beat the big freeze on Saturday but will be wishing they hadn’t – after a poor first half led to a 3-2 defeat at Tilbury and the end of their eight-game unbeaten streak in the Bostik League North Division.
The Scholars had surged into the play-off frame on the back of that run but were caught cold by the Dockers who raced into a 3-0 half-time lead.
Goals from Chris Doyle and Lee O’Leary in the second period gave Bar a sniff of a draw but it was not to be.
The home side had took the lead at a chilly Chadfields on three minutes in front of 63 brave souls.
Emiel Aiken’s set off down the right and his cross found Adam Vyse, who in turn laid the ball off to Toby Aromolaran to fire in off the post through a host of bodies.
It led to the Dockers best period, putting Potters Bar on to the back foot.
The lead was extended on 14 minutes with the goal of the game.
Again it was scored by Aromolaran who took Conor Mead’s pass, turned his defender, and hit it sweetly on the turn into the net.
Potters did start to regain some possession and a good run by Andy Lomas saw his effort go close before Michael Murray hit the side netting from a free kick.
But just before the break, Tilbury made it 3-0.
Abdul Salami sent a super ball through to Aromolaran, whose chance of a hat-trick was denied by keeper Berkley Laurencin, but the rebound fell to Aiken who found the net despite the defence having chances to clear.
The Scholars needed a response after a disappointing first half and to be fair, they produced it, returning to the field after the break with all guns blazing.
They got one back 11 minutes after the restart through man of the match Doyle, capitalising after Tilbury failed to clear.
Murray went close again on the hour mark with home goalkeeper Clarke Bogard having to make a fine save.
A tight offside decision denied the visitors from further reducing the arrears during a time when they were in complete control.
Tilbury still had chances, most notably through Aiken and Aromolaran, but Potters Bar were not letting up and with the clock showing 90 minutes, O’Leary got his foot to a cross and the ball flew into the net.
There was still an extra six minutes of added time to go after that and they threw everything at the Dockers, but were denied by some good resolute defending.
A draw may have been a fair result over the full 90 minutes but the in the end the Scholars were made to pay for the disappointing first period.
Their game yesterday (Tuesday) away to Bury Town fell victim to the big freeze.