Great start but sunny day ends in despair as Potters Bar lose to Old Southendian
PUBLISHED: 13:07 05 October 2018
A trip to the gloriously sunny Costa del Essex ended with Potters Bar Hockey Club under a cloud after suffering a 3-1 defeat to Old Southendian.
The game started well enough for Bar who after seeing off a few early corners, took the lead on the break.
The ball was played through to Graham Abrey in the middle of the park who in turn fed Ed Whybrow at the top of the D.
Whybrow dribbled to the left before firing off a reverse-stick effort which, thanks to a darting Mark Turpin run that unsighted the goalkeeper, flew in at the near post.
It seemed as if luck was going to favour the visitors when a penalty flick awarded to Southend was squandered and hit wide.
But the hosts continued to pile on the pressure with Bar holding firm through dogged hard work.
Another quick break just before half-time almost brought a second but this time Whybrow shot straight at the keeper when there were other options available.
However, the second half saw the luck desert Potters as Southend finally got on the scoreboard, albeit in slightly contentious fashion.
A break down the right wing had the visitors claiming the ball had went out.
The umpire disagreed and awarded a short corner that brought the goal.
Even that though was debated by the men in the middle as they discussed whether a shot was too high but they decided it was fine.
And from there things went from bad to worse as a poor error in the midfield resulted in a turnover and subsequent goal.
Bar didn’t stop believing and went back on the attack with a Josh Edge aerial brought down by Miles Tomkins and relayed to Tom Clarke who went through one on one with the keeper.
The goalie got down to save well with his stick but Harvey Edwards pounced on the rebound, firing in a reverse stick shot which the covering defender did superbly to clear off the line.
And as Bar continued to press forward, Southend struck, sweeping the ball high into the net from five yards out.
Bar kept fighting and Whybrow had a chance to claw one back but only fired wide and a swing and a miss from Turpin ended the game.