Bar bounce back in style
PUBLISHED: 10:37 18 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009
POTTERS Bar bounced back from their defeat to West Herts 4ths by hammering bottom club Broxbourne 5ths. Bar overcame a poor Broxbourne team 11-0 to net the NE14HOCKEY East Men s League Six South West points. The score would have been a lot worse for Broxb
POTTERS Bar bounced back from their defeat to West Herts 4ths by hammering bottom club Broxbourne 5ths.
Bar overcame a poor Broxbourne team 11-0 to net the NE14HOCKEY East Men's League Six South West points.
The score would have been a lot worse for Broxbourne but for an outstanding display by their young goalkeeper.
The visitors still felt the full backlash after Bar had suffered only their second defeat of the season the previous weekend.
The floodgates opened after only three minutes when Chris Chittleborough got the scoring underway.
After struggling to score a short corner in their warm-up before the match, Potters Bar netted with the first attempt of the game, Chittleborough getting a tap-in at the near post.
With barely 10 minutes of the match gone, Bar scored again.
Top scorer Andy Latham's shot was blocked by the young Broxbourne keeper and the ball rebounded to Andy Stokes, who shot home.
It was 3-0 a minute later when Chris Wood bagged a rare goal for himself.
He picked up the ball with the keeper out of position and forced it under him as he dived to get back.
Broxbourne then started to find their feet somewhat and ventured upfield a few times, but without ever troubling the Bar keeper.
As Bar switched their efforts to the wide open spaces of the wings, they penetrated more often and a couple of fine saves from the Broxbourne custodian kept the score down.
With half-time approaching, Potters Bar got their fourth goal.
Liam Frame robbed a visiting defender on the 25-yard line and found Ed Newbery, whose pass to Latham left him one-on-one with the keeper. A calm Latham coolly converted.
The second half was more of the same with one-way traffic from the restart.
Bar were looking to make a statement after the previous week's painful loss and within three minutes a free hit from just outside the Broxbourne D was passed to Rob Donoghue on the right.
His cross found the outstretched stick of Mark Turpin, who cheekily dragged the ball into the goal.
After hitting the post, Bar claimed their sixth. A mishit shot from Latham fooled everybody but Dave Ensor, alert as ever at the back post.
While the defenders seemed to be letting the ball run out of play, Ensor was quickly on it and dribbled the ball into the goal.
A minute later, Newbery set up Turpin for a simple tap-in to make it 7-0 and then Stokes got another goal.
However, Stokes was at fault in the next move as he wastefully shot wide from an acute angle with forwards in prime positions begging for the pass.
With 10 minutes to go, Stokes completed his hat-trick. Good play by Frame in the build up led to Stokes swivelling and helping the ball into the net.
Stokes claimed his fourth as the Broxbourne defence yet again went missing and left Bar with a three-on-one against the goalkeeper.
The play of the match then occurred. A cross from the right was hit towards goal by a spectacular airborne shot by Newbery.
Amazingly, the keeper stuck out a stick and deflected the ball wide.
The final goal came in the last minute from a short corner. Turpin scored from the rebound after Newbery was allowed ample time for the initial shot.
That capped a superb team effort but tougher challenges lie ahead for Potters Bar.