Foxes punish sloppy Scholars
PUBLISHED: 17:15 22 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:18 26 October 2009
Ryman League Division One North Ilford 2 Potters Bar Town 1 MARK HEMMINGS reports POTTERS Bar Town threw away three precious points as they surrendered a one-goal lead to lose a poor encounter with relegation threatened Ilford on Saturday. Not for the
Ryman League Division One North
Ilford 2 Potters Bar Town 1
MARK HEMMINGS reports
POTTERS Bar Town threw away three precious points as they surrendered a one-goal lead to lose a poor encounter with relegation threatened Ilford on Saturday.
Not for the first time this season the Scholars failed to make spells of superiority count and suffered the consequences.
Both sides struggled on a pitch which resembled a cow field, as they slipped and slid all over the place.
Striker Sam Adejokun eventually put Steve Browne's side into a deserved lead on the hour.
Instead of adding to their tally and picking up a hard-fought three points, Bar were caught napping.
After creating virtually nothing in the first hour and a quarter, the hosts struck twice in five minutes to claim their first win in 10 matches.
Home forward Danny Downer levelled before first-half substitute Chris Harkett hit the winner with 10 minutes to go.
Potters Bar dominated possession from kick-off and nearly took an early lead.
A Junior Dadson corner from the left almost curled straight into the net, but home stopper James Marrable palmed it away to safety.
Just after Bar skipper George Sifonios hit a low 20-yard drive straight at Marrable.
Sifonios was again in the thick of the action minutes later.
From the centre of the park, he spread the play wide to Dadson on the left flank.
With Adejokun lurking in the six-yard box, the winger whipped in a dangerous cross but a home defender managed to get there before the striker to flick the ball out for a corner.
The Foxes rarely threatened and played largely on the counter with long balls being pumped forward.
On a rare attack for the hosts, Julian Edwards fed Downer in behind the Scholars back four but he was adjudged offside.
Ilford nearly took the lead towards the end of the first half against the run of play.
A long throw from the dreadlocked Ricky Hales caused confusion in the Bar box.
An Ilford header was cleared off the line twice and the game stayed goalless going into the break.
Bar keeper Daniel Burnett was called into action early in the second period.
He tipped over the bar after sub Moses Jjunju had got a toe to a Downer cross from the right.
Back at the other end, Bar found a breakthrough. The ball found its way to Adejokun as Ilford failed to clear a left-sided attack from Dadson and Nathan Smith.
Adejokun took control inside the box and rifled low past Marrable into the bottom left corner.
Bar came close to adding a second soon after. Sifonios lifted the ball over the back line for Darryl Wilson to chase but the young attacker was given offside.
Had he held his run he would have been clean through on goal.
As the Scholars again looked to double their advantage, sub Dane Springer evaded several challenges as he carried the ball across the midfield and found Dadson wide on the left.
His cross deflected off full-back Earl Sterling and almost caught out Marrable, who managed to adjust his body position to claim the ball.
Smith, again a threat on the left, beat two Ilford players and put in a deep cross to the back post but nobody was waiting to nod it home.
On 75 minutes Jamie Bly played in Downer, who sprung the offside trap attempt before closing down on Burnett's goal and placing his shot into the bottom right corner.
Encouraged by their equaliser, the Essex side attacked again.
A cross from the right was met by an Ilford player who saw his shot parried by Burnett. It fell to Harkett, who made no mistake from close range.
The goal knocked the stuffing out of Bar as they somehow slumped to defeat number 13 of the season.