Ex-Scholar sends Potters Bar Town crashing out of League Cup
PUBLISHED: 10:15 19 October 2011
POTTERS Bar Town were sent crashing out of the Alan Boon Cup by former player Ryan Mattos last night (Tuesday) as the pacy front man scored the only goal of the game for Ware on his debut.
The fast-moving front man, signed by Ware boss Stuart Nethercott over the weekend from Wingate & Finchley, struck on the hour mark to give the Division One North bottom club a morale-boosting victory.
Both sides fielded a strong team in the league cup competition, which has been newly named after former Staines Town chairman and friend of the Ryman League Alan Boon, who passed away earlier this year.
Ware’s lively and meaningful start saw the pace of Mattos and Aime Blessing cause Potters Bar a number of problems.
For the hosts Tony Martin pinged in a cross from the right which was cleverly struck by the trailing leg of the incoming Mattos before taking a deflection and going out for a corner at the near post.
On 27 minutes, Blessing held off the challenge of Scholars’ left-back Louis Lavers and sent Martin through on goal, but visiting keeper Ryan Burbridge was out quickly to gather.
Five minutes before the break, a Lewis Taylor effort from outside the area was charged down by a defender, before Blessing fired over the bar from the rebound.
The start of the second half was not quite so hectic, although Ware stopper Rhys Madden did well to grasp a ball in from the right by Bradley Harrison before it could pose a threat inside the six-yard box.
Ware took the lead on the hour mark when Dave Bastian cleared the ball out of the defence and found Tony Martin in midfield.
The on-loan Billericay Town striker found the onrushing Mattos with a pin-point through ball, the speedy debutant clipped a right-footed effort beyond the diving Burbridge and inside the far post.
Three minutes later, Ware full-back Michael Elliott was forced to put the ball over his own bar following a ball in by James Gershfield with a Potters Bar attacker in close proximity.
Gershfield went close himself on 74 minutes when he beat left-back Tom Querry and fired towards goal, but he was denied by a superb save by Madden at his near post.
Neither side caused their opponents any notable problems in the closing stages, with Gershfield’s shot over the bar from long-range being the closest the visitors came to getting back into the tie.
Potters Bar boss Adam Lee will be hoping for a better result on Saturday as his side host AFC Hayes of the Evostick League Southern Division One Central in the FA Trophy First Round Qualifying.
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