Fifth home win on the trot for Potters Bar Town

PUBLISHED: 09:37 19 October 2011

Bar's Ashley Harrison-Barker (right) opened the scoring on Saturday

Bar's Ashley Harrison-Barker (right) opened the scoring on Saturday


GOALS at either end of the first half were enough to give Potters Bar Town the points against Chatham Town on Saturday and see them continue their good run of home form.

The result was Bar’s fifth consecutive victory at the South Mimms Travel Stadium in all competitions.

Ashley Harrison-Barker opened the scoring as early as the second minute heading home a Josh Urquhart long throw to give the home side the lead.

The first half then produced little in the way of genuine chances as both sides struggled to maintain possession in a hectic fast paced game.

Of the chances there were, the best fell to Chatham’s Joe Fuller who twice (on nine minutes and 12) found himself in good positions only to be thwarted by Matt Bennett in the Scholars’ goal.

Bar extended their lead with two minutes of the first half remaining.

A free-kick outside the penalty area saw the Chatham wall and keeper left standing as Urquhart’s thunderous drive found its way to the bottom corner of the visitors’ net.

A penalty awarded for a foul on Fabion Simms in the 56th minute should have sealed the victory.

However, visiting keeper Adam Molloy pulled off a good save from Tom Pett’s spot-kick.

As with the first half, Chatham had their chances and Matt Newman should have done better on the hour as he was allowed to turn in the penalty area only to put his shot over the top.

Moments later a long throw from the right caused havoc in the Bar defence with the ball eventually being cleared off the line.

With six minutes remaining Chatham got on the scoresheet as substitute John Pilbeam found space in the area to place a free header past Matt Bennett to set up a nervy finish to the game.

Potters Bar managed to hang on for the three points.

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