Rampant Potters Bar charge on in quest for league title

PUBLISHED: 10:15 21 February 2018

Mark Turpin scores Potters Bar's fourth goal against Letchworth. Picture: TRACY LEVY

Mark Turpin scores Potters Bar's fourth goal against Letchworth. Picture: TRACY LEVY

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Potters Bar Hockey Club romped to a 6-0 win away to Letchworth 2nds as they kept their promotion hunt from East League Division Two South on track.

Mark Turpin scores Potters Bar's fourth goal against Letchworth. Picture: TRACY LEVY Mark Turpin scores Potters Bar's fourth goal against Letchworth. Picture: TRACY LEVY

Mark Turpin continued his fine goal-scoring form with another four goals, part of a five-goal blast in the second half.

It puts them four points clear of Crostyx in second and seven ahead of Bedford 2nds in third, although they have played a game more.

However, with just four games remaining Bar, and their now impressive goal difference, hold all the cards.

They got off to a superb start after just five minutes when Ed Whybrow scored with a move straight from the training paddock.

Chris Chittleborough’s short corner was pushed to the far post by Graham Abrey and steered home by Whybrow.

But despite that fine start, the first half remained fairly even and end to end.

Ben Balmforth was forced into a double save to keep the hosts out while Christos Votsis, Harvey Edwards, Tom Clarke and Turpin all went close for Bar.

Letchworth finished the half strong with Balmforth making two saves a minute apart but that was it for the hosts as Bar turned on the style after the break.

Ajay Patel crashed a shot against the bar before Miles Tomkins doubled the lead with a snap shot.

He turned provider four minutes later as Turpin opened his account from a tight angle after rounding the keeper for 3-0.

Five minutes later it was four.

Clarke again won the ball in a dangerous area and his pass to Turpin saw the forward again win his duel with the keeper, albeit at the second attempt.

Bar were rampant by now and the Letchworth goal led a charmed life. Chittleborough was denied at close range and Turpin and Votsis had efforts saved by the keeper.

But two further goals did finally arrive in the final 10 minutes, Turpin taking his tally for the season up to 22.

Man of the match Chittleborough almost made it seven from a short corner with three minutes to go but his flick over the keeper was clawed away off the line by a defender.

Potters Bar begin their final push for the title and promotion with a trip to Brentwood on Saturday.

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