Bar just two wins from title after opening 15-minute blitz sees off Brentwood

PUBLISHED: 07:00 27 February 2018

George McConachie was man of the match for Potters Bar. Picture: DANNY LOO

George McConachie was man of the match for Potters Bar. Picture: DANNY LOO

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Potters Bar are just two wins away from guaranteeing both promotion and the East League Division Two South title after a 6-3 win away to Brentwood.

They are now four points clear of both Bedford 2nds and Crostyx, their only challengers for the league crown, with just three games to go.

And they made sure the chasers couldn’t get any closer with a strong first-half showing at

Trips to Essex have proven tricky for Bar in recent times but their performance in the opening 35 minutes showed they were taking their hosts seriously, despite their lowly position.

They got off to the perfect start, Miles Tomkins scoring after just four minutes after being set-up by Ajay Patel, and by the 16-minute mark they had added two more.

Jonathan Elms got the first of them on 12 minutes, deflecting in a Tomkins short corner, and Mark Turpin made it three, Patel once again getting the assist.

And they almost made it four two minutes later but Turpin was denied by the keeper.

Perhaps unsurprisingly Bar stepped off the pace as the half wore on and Brentwood twice won successive short corners that threatened the lead.

But on both occasions they failed to hit the target.

However, despite the visitors’ half-time team talk focusing on the need to up the effort once more, it was the hosts who got the next goal, Harry Taylor, in for the unavailable Ben Balmforth, having no chance with the finish.

He even had to make an important save as Bar struggled to get control of the game.

They were finally able to put the game away when they scored twice in two minutes though, and in almost identical fashion.

James Brooking was the creator for both, winning the ball high up the pitch and threading it through for Turpin to cross it.

The first saw Harvey Edwards get his first for the club while a minute later Patel was on target.

And there was still time for three more goals.

Brentwood got their second before man of the match George McConachie deflected home from close range in a repeat of the short corner routine that had brought Bar’s second.

Brentwood’s final consolation came in the last minute.

Bar host Blueharts on Saturday and then go to Wapping before finishing their campaign on March 17 at home to Cambridge South.

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