Brady's bunch hit a dozen goals
PUBLISHED: 18:05 18 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009
NE14HOCKEY East League Division 6SW Potters Bar 12 West Herts 5th XI 1 POTTERS Bar demolished a depleted West Herts 5th XI 12-1 on Saturday as six different players got on the scoresheet. During the game the NE14HOCKEY East League Division 6SW leaders hi
NE14HOCKEY East League Division 6SW
Potters Bar 12 West Herts 5th XI 1
POTTERS Bar demolished a depleted West Herts 5th XI 12-1 on Saturday as six different players got on the scoresheet.
During the game the NE14HOCKEY East League Division 6SW leaders hit their 100th goal of the season and are now on the brink of claiming the title.
The day did not start well for West Herts as a nominal 11 players first thing in the morning turned into eight by the time of push-back, due to a number of drop-outs.
Borrowing a player, they started the game with nine men and against the division leaders they were always up against it.
Already promoted Bar were also missing a couple of key players at the start of play.
Captain Paul Brady was delayed until half-time and regular goalkeeper Jonny Weller was out injured.
As expected the hosts dominated from the outset, but it was surprising that it took about 15 minutes for them to break the deadlock.
Ever-reliable Andy Latham was on the ball yards from the target to turn in a cross for Bar's 100th goal of the season.
Mark Turpin scored his first of the afternoon soon after and Tony Sayers hit a hard shot to make it three.
Bar made it 5-0 before half-time, with further strikes for the prolific Latham and another for Turpin.
They could even afford the luxury of moving players from their normal positions.
This was an attempt to share the goals around and give some of the defenders the experience of playing up front.
With West Herts scrambling another couple of players from Bar's younger ranks, the second half began with 11 versus 11 players.
This, however, did not slow Bar down as they went on to score seven goals in the second half.
Latham hit two and Turpin completed his hat-trick brilliantly with a mazy run.
Owen Hughes scored twice in two minutes after being pushed forward to right-wing. Chris Chittleborough and then captain Paul Brady, who pulled off a fine pirouetting celebration to boot, also netted.
With the game well and truly lost, some of the West Herts younger players and Bar's young offerings broke their shackles.
They started to give Bar's defence some troubles, culminating in a well-deserved consolation goal.
With two games to go after the Easter break, only a points deduction or disastrous turnaround in goal difference can prevent Bar from capping a great season with the division title.
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