Late Casey goal sends Bar fourth with important win
PUBLISHED: 09:51 30 January 2018 | UPDATED: 09:52 30 January 2018
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.
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.
And it lifts them into fourth place, seven points behind Saturday’s opponents but with three games in hand.
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.
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.
Michael Murray came in for fellow goalscorer at Coles Park, Billy Adcock, while there was also a place for Jordan Lawal.
Both sides had good opportunities in a tight first half.
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.
Bar’s chance fell to Michael Murray but he too put his effort over the top.
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.
But then Casey struck and although the visitors complained about offside, the goal stood.
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.
Following the game with Maldon, the Scholars go to Norwich United on Saturday.