Bar lose fourth game on the trot

PUBLISHED: 17:59 04 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:01 26 October 2009

Action from Potters Bar's defeat on Saturday

Action from Potters Bar's defeat on Saturday

Ryman League Division One North Potters Bar Town 0 Bury Town 2 POTTERS Bar Town fell to their 20th league defeat of the season and fourth consecutive loss on Saturday. Once again the Scholars, who are still just above the relegation zone, failed to conve

Scholars captain George Sifonios

Ryman League Division One North

Potters Bar Town 0 Bury Town 2

POTTERS Bar Town fell to their 20th league defeat of the season and fourth consecutive loss on Saturday.

Potters Bar striker Sam Adejokun through on goal

Once again the Scholars, who are still just above the relegation zone, failed to convert possession into goals and ultimately into points.

Suffolk side Bury Town were the visitors to Parkfield at the weekend and they scored in each half to secure a 2-0 win and maintain their own play-off spot hopes.

For the third match in succession, territorial advantage produced no goals for Steve Browne's troops and the game was decided by defensive errors.

The goals have really dried up for Bar, who find themselves suffering from somewhat of a drought.

It has been in the region of 360 minutes - four games - since they scored.

The man who last found the back of the net for the Scholars was defender Precious Koko and that was from the penalty spot.

He fired in for the Scholars during the last minute to snatch a 1-0 win over Wingate and Finchley back on February 9.

The hosts started brightly at the weekend with the pace and power of wingers Junior Dadson and Darryl Wilson causing problems for the Bury defence.

But it was the Blues who took the lead on 10 minutes. A left-wing free-kick by Lee Smith deceived home stopper Ashlee Jones and took the faintest of touches off Stephen Bugg, who claimed the goal.

Despite being 1-0 down, the rest of the first half belonged to Potters Bar in terms of the amount of possession and attacking play.

However, they struggled to breakdown a resolute and organised Bury defence enough to really test the experienced Dean Greygoose in goal.

Bar's best chance of a breakthrough in the first period came in the 34th minute when they could well have been awarded a penalty kick.

Nathan Smith, playing in midfield rather than his usual full-back position, appeared to be fouled by Tom Bullard as he tricked his way into the Bury box.

Claims for a spot kick by the home club were ignored by the officials, who ordered play to continue.

After the break the game followed much the same pattern.

As Potters Bar looked to get forward with some good passing play they were often thwarted by determined midfield tackling and closed down by a well-drilled defence.

Bury were playing largely on the break as they held onto their one-goal advantage.

The Scholars clearest goalscoring opportunities fell to them with around 15 minutes to go.

Firstly, striker Sam Adejokun went close with a header and then defender Theo Daniels nearly caught out Greygoose.

His long-range cross-cum-shot threatened to breach the Bury stranglehold but failed to find the back of the net.

As Bar huffed and puffed they looked to level. With the clock ticking down, Bury scored a second with five minutes left.

They claimed all three points as a right wing corner gave Sam Reed a free header in the box.

He beat the luckless Jones and found the net to extend Bury's unbeaten run to seven on the trot and keep them in contention for a play-off place.

Bar are 18th in the division with 29 points from 33 games with just nine matches left of the league season.

This Saturday Potters Bar Town will be looking to end their losing streak.

The Parkfield club travel to Middlesex to take on Northwood in the Ryman League Division One North.


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