Bar end season with routine win

PUBLISHED: 18:57 08 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:14 26 October 2009

Mark Turpin celebrates a Potters Bar goal

Mark Turpin celebrates a Potters Bar goal

NE14HOCKEY East League Division 6SW Potters Bar 3 Vauxhall 2nds 1 POTTERS Bar ended a successful season with a scrappy home victory over a patched up Vauxhall side at the weekend. Although the score appears to be fairly comfortable, Bar will not be happy

A missed opportunity for Potters Bar

NE14HOCKEY East League Division 6SW

Potters Bar 3 Vauxhall 2nds 1

POTTERS Bar ended a successful season with a scrappy home victory over a patched up Vauxhall side at the weekend.

Although the score appears to be fairly comfortable, Bar will not be happy with what was a disappointing performance.

The hosts failed to reach their usual high standards, but their case wasn't helped when Vauxhall arrived very late, delaying the start.

When the match did get underway the visitors had only around nine players wearing a variety of different shirts.

This confusion didn't prevent Bar from scoring an early goal.

Andy Latham got on the end of a cross from the right to score from the penalty spot.

With a couple of Vauxhall players arriving to bolster their squad, Potters Bar found the going harder and they couldn't get into their normal rhythm.

The away players were either mistake-prone or very good, showing flashes of skill to beat Bar players.

One thing all the Vauxhall visitors had was intensity, whilst they also showed a desire to get to the ball and close down players quickly.

Every decision seemed to go against Potters Bar and chances were few and far between for both teams.

In the second half Bar soon got their second goal.

Steve Walters supplied the cross and Latham took his goal tally to an impressive 34 for the season.

Vauxhall briefly came back into the game when they scored from a short corner with a neat deflection at the far post.

However, Chris Chittleborough settled the match with a calm finish after the Vauxhall goalkeeper was beaten.

Chittleborough's flick came off a defender's face and into the net but thankfully the defender suffered no injury.

With promotion and the NE14HOCKEY East League Division Six South West title already assured, the game had no bearing on places, but it took Bar's goals scored tally for the season to a mighty 122.

Bar can be proud of perhaps their best season ever.

In total they won 19 of 22 league games and amassed a goal difference of 105.

The forthcoming Broxbourne Summer League starts this week and will be a good preparation for the tougher tests Bar face in Division Five South West next season.


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