Late Casey goal sends Bar fourth with important win

PUBLISHED: 09:51 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:52 30 January 2018

Eoin Casey's late goal gave Potters Bar Town the victory over Bowers & Pitsea. 


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Eoin Casey's late goal gave Potters Bar Town the victory over Bowers & Pitsea. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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A goal five minutes from time from Eoin Casey gave Potters Bar Town what could prove to be a vital 1-0 win over second-placed Bowers & Pitsea.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Sean Grace in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Sean Grace in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It was the second win in a trio of games the Scholars have against sides at the pointy end of division, with the third being tonight’s clash with sixth-placed Maldon & Tiptree at the Pakex.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Steve Brown in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Steve Brown in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And it lifts them into fourth place, seven points behind Saturday’s opponents but with three games in hand.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Christopher Doyle in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Christopher Doyle in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Casey’s goal saw the hitman respond the quickest after an initial shot had come back off the post and sent the Bar Army into raptures.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Eoin Casey in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Eoin Casey in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Manager stev Ringrose and assistant James Duncan made two changes to the side that had started their three tough games with a 2-1 win over Haringey Borough last Monday.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Christopher Doyle in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Christopher Doyle in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Michael Murray came in for fellow goalscorer at Coles Park, Billy Adcock, while there was also a place for Jordan Lawal.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Michael Murray in action for Potters bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Michael Murray in action for Potters bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Both sides had good opportunities in a tight first half.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Sandro Costa Dias Fernandes in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Ben Sartain got onto a ball over the top but although his lob beat Berkley Laurencin in the Scholars goal, it came back off the crossbar and Knight, following up, blazed the rebound over from 10 yards.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Andrew Lomas in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Andrew Lomas in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Bar’s chance fell to Michael Murray but he too put his effort over the top.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Andrew Lomas in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Andrew Lomas in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first, with the damp and miserable conditions causing both sides to struggle to create any real chances.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Eoin Casey in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Eoin Casey in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But then Casey struck and although the visitors complained about offside, the goal stood.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Eoin Casey in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Eoin Casey in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

There was one late chance for the visitors to snatch a point, but Sartain’s shot was superbly headed off the line and Bar hung on for a big win.

Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Jordan Lawal in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon Potters Bar Town V Bowers & Pitsea - Jordan Lawal in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Following the game with Maldon, the Scholars go to Norwich United on Saturday.

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