Perfect team performance seals 11-goal thriller for Bar

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 November 2017

Potters Bar were held to a 2-2 draw by Welwyn Garden City at the Hertfordshire Sports Village. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Potters Bar were held to a 2-2 draw by Welwyn Garden City at the Hertfordshire Sports Village. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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Potters Bar Hockey Club’s men produced the perfect team performance to defeat high-flying Wapping in East League Division Two South – and the women were denied making it two wins after being pegged back by Welwyn Garden City.

Potters Bar's Ed Whybrow. Picture: DANNY LOO Potters Bar's Ed Whybrow. Picture: DANNY LOO

The men came away from Wapping 4ths with an impressive 7-4 victory.

A slow start on a solid pitch, not helped by overnight frost, gave no indication of the goal-fest that was to follow.

Wapping took advantage of a bobbling ball to open the scoring, and that lit the blue touch paper.

Mark Turpin’s cross from the base line was deflected up in the air off a defender’s stick.

Potters Bar attacking. Picture: Kevin Lines Potters Bar attacking. Picture: Kevin Lines

And it was heading for Ajay Patel’s head until the forward finished brilliantly, forcing the ball down and past the keeper with one touch.

Bar took the lead from a short corner, Ed Whybrow deflecting Graham Abrey’s shot into the bottom corner of the net.

The lead was short-lived, however, and was wiped out completely as Wapping went back in front at 3-2, despite the best efforts of Ben Balmforth.

But there was still time for a third Bar goal before the break, Turpin using Dave Flynn’s run to draw defenders away from him as he picked his spot from Miles Tomkins’s pass.

Wapping retook the lead early in the second half but from there Potters took control.

Tomkins and Turpin combined again for the latter’s second goal and then reversed things around as a quick one-two left Tomkins with the easiest of finishes.

Tomkins got his second, latching on to another excellent delivery from Abrey, to make it 6-4 but any thoughts had to be pushed to the back of the mind as Bar were reduced to 10 men twice, with green cards to Abrey and Flynn.

But they came through that period unscathed and finished the game off late on, Turpin completing his hat-trick after Patel’s shot had been saved by the Wapping keeper.

The result puts Potters Bar in fifth, three points off the top spot and one behind Wapping in third.

The ladies raced into a 2-0 lead at the Hertfordshire Sports Village against WGC but goals either side of half-time earned the hosts a share of the points.

Welwyn remain one place above Potters Bar in the 5 Counties Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.

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