Penalty save from Berkley Laurencin helps Potters Bar Town to Hertford victory
PUBLISHED: 11:31 28 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:31 28 December 2017
Potters Bar Town won 1-0 in the local derby with Hertford Town on Boxong Day – but thwy were indebted to a penalty save from Berkley Laurencin to help them.
Eoin Casey got the only goal on 16 minutes in front of the biggest league crowd of the season at the Pakex.
But Laurencin’s save, seven minutes from time, ensured the Scholars would end the day in sixth place, and inside the play-off positions, in the Bostik League North Division.
Hertford, who are having a decent season after their promotion from the Spartan South Midlands League last season, ere soon into their stride forcing two early corners.
But the home side began to respond as Casey realised he could turn and outpace the defence.
Sandro Costa was also finding space on the left to cut in and he hit two shots that were parried away for corners.
The goal soon followed. A cross from Michael Murray was met with a bullet like header from Casey near to the penalty spot which flew into the top left-hand corner giving the keeper no chance.
Casey had another chance after being set-up by Sean Grace but curled his shot past the left hand post.
However, Hertford were never out of the game and came back Laurencin busy, twice having to push the ball away for corners.
The Scholars continued to force corners that were whizzed in through the six-yard box without anyone getting a touch.
Then Casey again created space for himself to run on goal but each time his effort was parried away.
The second half saw more of the same, Bar doing most of the pressing but finding it tough to get the all-important second goal.
And Hertford had a great chance to steal a draw when they were awarded a spot-kick.
But the resultant effort, well-stuck but aimed head high at the centre of the goal, was superbly palmed over the bar by Laurencin to ensure all three points went to the Scholars.
Potters Bar continue their promotion push on Saturday another home tie against mid-table opposition in Grays Athletic.
Kick-off is at 3pm.
That is followed by a trip to struggling Ware on New Year’s Day.