Potters Bar upset Upminster with fine backs to the wall performance
PUBLISHED: 15:58 05 November 2018
Potters Bar picked up their third win of the season and it was probably the best of the bunch as they upset high-flying Upminster on their own patch
The Dame Alice Owens-based hockey club had lost their last two games and knew they faced a tough test with the east Londoners lying third in East League Division One at the start of the day.
But goals in each half from Mark Turpin and Miles Tomkins plus a back to the walls effort across the rest of the field gave them a 2-0 win and lifted them back into the top half.
They almost got off to the perfect start with Harvey Edwards intercepting a misplaced pass inside the opening 30 seconds and running in unopposed into the Upminster D.
His shot, however, was well saved by the home keeper.
Ben Balmforth, his opposite number, was next into action with the first of a number of excellent saves throughout the game.
And after surviving a number of scares, Bar went up the other end and took the lead.
A free, awarded by the goal-line just outside the D, was cleverly played out to Graham Abrey and his ball into the D was flicked over the prostrate keeper by Turpin.
It prompted a rapid response from Upminster who won around 14 short corners in the game.
But they couldn’t find a way through with any of them as Bar defended mightily.
And the visitors thought they had extended the lead when Edwards produced a simple finish but was ruled out due to Flynn not moving the free hit the required five metres before playing the ball into the D.
They did get the second on 54 minutes, Turpin unselfishly playing the ball to Tomkins who lofted the ball neatly over the prone keeper.
A yellow card to Flynn led to Bar playing a man short and facing relentless pressure from the hosts but with Balmforth performing heroics, the clean sheet and the win were confirmed.
It turned into a good day for the club all round.
The second team beat St Albans 4ths 4-1 to go top of East League Division Four South West and the ladies’ firsts got a 2-0 win over St Albans to go second in the 5 Counties Women’s Hockey League Premier Division.
The seconds made it three wins in a row with a 2-1 success over Broxbourne to go fourth in Division Four.