League ambitions back on the front burner for Scholars

PUBLISHED: 19:00 21 November 2017

Potters Bar Town celebrate their third goal in the 4-1 win over Norwich United. 

Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Potters Bar Town celebrate their third goal in the 4-1 win over Norwich United. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

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With their cups runs finished, Potters Bar Town’s focus switched back to league ambitions for the remainder of the season – and they got things off to a perfect start with a 4-1 win over Norwich United at the Pakex.

Michael Murray celebrates his hat-trick in Potters Bar Town's 4-1 win over Norwich United. Picture: KARYN HADDONMichael Murray celebrates his hat-trick in Potters Bar Town's 4-1 win over Norwich United. Picture: KARYN HADDON

It wasn’t as easy as it sounded as United belied their league position towards the bottom of the Bostik League North Division.

But the Scholars took their chances to move up to 10th, five points off the play-offs but with a number of games in hand.

Debutant Sandro Costa made an impressive introduction to the team becoming a focal point on the left wing.

That provided Town with some much-needed width, something they have been missing in recent weeks, and he was soon a favourite of the home crowd with purposeful runs and two shots that caused the keeper to make two good saves.

Sandro Costa in action for Potters Bar Town. 

Picture: KARYN HADDONSandro Costa in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Norwich had their own moments and kept the well-marshalled home defence on their toes and working hard with some enterprising attacking play.

It was 35 minutes before the deadlock was broken.

Costa sent a cross in and Eoin Casey’s challenge fell kindly for Michael Murray to lash home from the edge of the six-yard box.

But the visitors refused to lie down and equalised on four minutes later when a deep cross from the left saw Tim Henery force the ball home at the far post, despite a valiant attempt from Andy Lomas on the line.

George Nicholas in action for Potters Bar Town. 

Picture: KARYN HADDONGeorge Nicholas in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: KARYN HADDON

But Bar’s lead was restored before the break.

After good approach play the ball was squared in from the right for Murray to guide the ball home low into the right-hand corner.

The big number nine completed his hat-trick on the hour, firing a firm shot from the edge of the box beyond the keeper.

Murray then turned provider as Steve Brown completed the scoring minutes later, heading in a free-kick from the right.

Potters Bar Town's Chris Doyle. Picture: Karyn Haddon.Potters Bar Town's Chris Doyle. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

But still the visitors kept plugging away and in the space of ten seconds Berkley Laurencin pulled off two spectacular saves at point blank range to deny the Planters a second.

There was still one more chance for the Scholars after a good run down the left by substitute David Sota but Murray was denied by another good save.

Bar played Maldon & Tiptree at home last night (Tuesday) after the Potters Bar Edition had gone to press.

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