Dadson heads Scholars level
PUBLISHED: 17:01 11 March 2008 | UPDATED: 21:44 26 October 2009
Ryman League Division One North Northwood 1 Potters Bar Town 1 By MARK HEMMINGS at Northwood Park JUNIOR Dadson headed a second-half equaliser to rescue a point for the Scholars at Northwood on Saturday and end a run of four defeats. Dadson guided in a c
Ryman League Division One North
Northwood 1 Potters Bar Town 1
By MARK HEMMINGS at Northwood Park
JUNIOR Dadson headed a second-half equaliser to rescue a point for the Scholars at Northwood on Saturday and end a run of four defeats.
Dadson guided in a cross from full back Nathan Smith in the 55th minute after John Christian had given the Woods a first-half lead.
Bar started the game brightly looking to halt a terrible run of four defeats without scoring a goal.
It was the visitors to Northwood Park who came closest to scoring in the first 10 minutes.
Firstly, Dane Springer shot low from inside the box but his effort flew past the right-hand post and failed to trouble home keeper Mitch Swain.
Springer was in the thick of the action again soon after. His strike was this time parried by Swain.
Dadson collected the ball with his back to goal, turned and shot but didn't connect properly and Swain easily gathered.
Christian tried his luck from distance for Northwood and his drive took a deflection and bobbled through to debutant Potters Bar stopper Tope Okeowo.
Tricky home winger Michael Gordon played a defence splitting diagonal ball from the left through to striker Jerome Hall.
The tall forward could not control his shot at goal and he dragged it wide of the target.
Influential Bar skipper George Sifonios was forced off through injury in the 25th minute and was replaced by Sean Bonnett-Johnson.
For the remainder of the half the visitors found it increasingly difficult to get the ball away from their end of the pitch as the Woods had numerous chances to score.
On the half hour mark, the home captain Danny Murphy collected the ball on halfway and surged forward unchallenged.
He let fly from 30 yards with a left-foot drive which Okeowo had to get down low to his right to stop and collect at the second attempt.
Dwain Williams then bent a free-kick from the edge of the Bar area over the wall and just wide of the left-hand upright.
A long Murphy throw from the left into the Bar box was flicked on by Sean Sonner.
The ball looped over Okeowo and was heading into the far corner until Smith hooked clear off the line.
Just before the break the Northwood pressure eventually told.
Gordon got away from Liam Sango and crossed for Christian to head downwards and it bounced up high into the top corner at the far post.
Steve Browne brought on striker Sam Adejokun at the break in a straight swap with Richard Worrell.
Potters Bar came out for the second half with a spring in their step.
Dadson beat two men in the centre of Northwood's half being smashing a drive just over the bar from 25 yards.
Bar delivered two dangerous crosses from the left, one from Springer and one from Smith, but both were collected by the home keeper ahead of Adejokun.
The third cross from the left resulted in the leveller. Smith put an outswinger into the box. This time it was away from Swain and onto the head of Dadson, who directed his effort into the net at the back post.
His goal was the first the Scholars had scored in four games and more than 415 minutes.
Bar had further efforts but both Adejokun and Dadson missed the target when well placed in the home area.
The best chance to win the game fell to the Woods in the dying minutes.
Prince Toku's long throw into the Bar box was flicked on and Sean Sonner volleyed inches over the bar when he really should have tucked it home.
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