Champions Potters Bar rally to end unbeaten on home soil

PUBLISHED: 09:00 11 April 2018

Potters Bar Hockey Club, Dame Alice Owen's School, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2DU. Action of the match between Potters Bar (in black) and Blueharts 2nds (in blue).
Team photo of Potters Bar. Picture: Melissa Page

Potters Bar Hockey Club, Dame Alice Owen's School, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2DU. Action of the match between Potters Bar (in black) and Blueharts 2nds (in blue). Team photo of Potters Bar. Picture: Melissa Page

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Potters Bar’s men were crowned East League Division Two South champions after coming back from 3-1 down to draw with Blueharts seconds in their last match of the season.

Potters Bar Hockey Club, Dame Alice Owen's School, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2DU. Action of the match between Potters Bar (in black) and Blueharts 2nds (in blue).
Picture: Melissa PagePotters Bar Hockey Club, Dame Alice Owen's School, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2DU. Action of the match between Potters Bar (in black) and Blueharts 2nds (in blue). Picture: Melissa Page

It also allowed them to end the campaign unbeaten in 13 matches and finish without a loss at home at their Dame Alice Owens School base.

They made a low-key start, but saw Graham Abrey’s short corner deflected away by a defender.

Blueharts took the lead on 12 minutes when a fast break on the right saw a forward finish past Ben Balmforth and Ray Li was shown a green card soon after.

Bar were back on terms five minutes later when man of the match Simon Tenwick weaved through midfield and found Miles Tomkins, who drew a foul to win a short corner.

Potters Bar Hockey Club, Dame Alice Owen's School, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2DU. Action of the match between Potters Bar (in black) and Blueharts 2nds (in blue).
Potters Bar score. Picture: Melissa PagePotters Bar Hockey Club, Dame Alice Owen's School, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2DU. Action of the match between Potters Bar (in black) and Blueharts 2nds (in blue). Potters Bar score. Picture: Melissa Page

Chris Chittleborough’s injection was off-target but Mark Turpin adjusted well to find Ed Whybrow, who teed up George McConachie for a shot that fell for Tomkins to sweep home.

The rest of the first half was largely scrappy, with Bar unable capitalise on a short corner after the restart, when the Blueharts keeper was sin-binned for dissent.

Christos Votsis had an effort ruled out from another corner and Blueharts took the lead when Li’s misplaced pass towards his own goal allowed a visiting forward a tap in.

Bar fell 3-1 down soon after when caught napping by a self-pass on halfway, but went on to play some of their best hockey of the match after replacing Balmforth with a kicking-back for the last 13 minutes.

Potters Bar Hockey Club, Dame Alice Owen's School, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2DU. Action of the match between Potters Bar (in black) and Blueharts 2nds (in blue).
Left to right: Toby Macormack for blueharts 2's, Christos Vitsos for Potters Bar and Mark Flint for Blueharts 2's. Picture: Melissa PagePotters Bar Hockey Club, Dame Alice Owen's School, Dugdale Hill Lane, Potters Bar EN6 2DU. Action of the match between Potters Bar (in black) and Blueharts 2nds (in blue). Left to right: Toby Macormack for blueharts 2's, Christos Vitsos for Potters Bar and Mark Flint for Blueharts 2's. Picture: Melissa Page

Josh Edge was yellow-carded but Bar survived and won a short corner when Tomkins was bundled over in the D, with Whybrow deflecting home Abrey’s short corner.

The home side continued to apply pressure and, with only 90 seconds left, they were back on level terms when neat interplay in midfield saw Abrey feed Whybrow, whose crash ball into the D was deflected into the bottom corner by Jon Elms.

Bar went in search of a last-gasp winner and were awarded a short corner when Turpin was bundled over. But Tomkins was unable to find Chittleborough and saw his shot deflected wide off a defender as it ended even.

Bar: Balmforth, Tenwick, Elms, McConachie, Edge, Abrey, Whybrow, Chittleborough, Turpin, Votsis, Flynn, Tomkins, Patel, Edwards, Li, Brooking.


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