Better performance from Potters Bar but result gets away from them late on
PUBLISHED: 15:55 29 October 2018 | UPDATED: 15:55 29 October 2018
Potters Bar Hockey Club got the better performance they wanted against East League Division One leaders Wapping but couldn't add the positive result to it.
They were not happy with their efforts at Wisbech seven days earlier and there was a determination to put that right against the high flyers, who remarkably had only conceded one goal in their first five games.
Potters Bar have a fairly impressive defence too and although they suffered the loss of Hugh Kenney-Herbert due to illness on the morning of the match, they were bolstered by the return of both Ed Seaman and Josh Edge.
And given the strength of each backline, it was perhaps unsurprising that the first half ended goalless although for those watching on a cold day, it did come as something of a shock.
Both sides had chances. Ray Li stopped a goalbound Wapping effort on the line and the visitors even had the ball in the net late on, but after a long delay the umpires ruled that the scramble in front of goal, which followed a fine save by Ben Balmforth, had seen an infringement from the Wapping players.
For the hosts Mark Turpin and Tom Clarke found themselves in a two-on-one breakaway but after going round the keeper, Clarke could only find the side netting.
Harvey Edwards also went close twice while they took also had the ball in the net, but unfortunately the deflection came off a Wapping stick.
The second-half started with a fine Balmforth save while at the other end Miles Tomkins sent an effort just wide.
As it was it was Wapping who got the crucial opening goal on 45 minutes from a short corner and with their confidence up, they began to dominate the game.
Man of the match Edge and Li continued to perform heroics in the Bar defence but 11 minutes later Wapping got through again, a deflected effort taking it beyond Balmforth, and they added a third shortly after with a fine finish from a tight angle.
But despite the final score, the Bar management were still pleased with the performance and although this defeat drops them into the bottom half of the table, there is a run of games against the sides in and around them coming up.
That sequence though will have to wait as it is a trip to third-placed Upminster up next.