Full Report: Potters Bar crash to defeat at home to Tilbury

PUBLISHED: 16:31 09 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:15 26 October 2009

Nathan Simpson sticks out a leg against Tilbury

Nathan Simpson sticks out a leg against Tilbury

POTTERS Bar Town were beaten by the better side as they went down 4-1 to Tilbury at Parkfield on Saturday. After a four-match winning run in the league, the Scholars were taught a lesson by their Essex visitors. With the three points the well-organised Ti

POTTERS Bar Town were beaten by the better side as they went down 4-1 to Tilbury at Parkfield on Saturday.

After a four-match winning run in the league, the Scholars were taught a lesson by their Essex visitors.

With the three points the well-organised Tilbury side leapfrogged Bar into 12th place in table with their hosts now a spot behind them.

Neither side took the game by the scruff of the neck in the opening exchanges as they prodded and probed each other in the middle of the park.

Home stopper Harry Ricketts was not really tested until the 26th minute.

New Dockers signing Gary Burrell was played in by striker Rashid Kamara.

After Burrell took a touch near the six-yard box, Ricketts was out swiftly to save the shot with his feet.

A minute later a long ball from the Tilbury backline was pumped up to big front-man Chris Stowe.

He teed up strike partner Kamara, who had his crack at goal blocked.

At the other end, Sam Adejokun dispossessed centre-

half Rickie Hayles on the edge of the box, but unbalanced he could not get any power to fire at the target.

Soon after, Junior Luke whipped in a cross from the right for the hosts.

He found Ryan Edgar, who could only head into the arms of visiting custodian Andy Hall.

With five minutes to play before the break there was a sudden and unexpected goal flurry.

Bar took the lead when Clydie Roberts burst into the box and struck an effort which was parried by keeper Hall.

The ball came out to former Rushden & Diamonds man Alex Bolt, who tucked in his first goal for the club.

Celebrations did not last long for the home side as less than 60 seconds later the scores were level once more.

Stowe was in possession in the Bar half and he spotted Burrell unmarked on the left side.

He carried the ball forward into the box and beat the onrushing Ricketts.

Before the half-time whistle Tilbury then managed to go ahead.

Stowe collected a pass from Kamara and made his way into the Bar box.

He went down after being sandwiched by Ricketts and at least two covering Bar defenders. The referee pointed to the penalty spot.

Full-back Joe Keith buried the kick left-footed into the right corner, sending Ricketts the wrong way.

After the break the Scholars brought on Serge Makofo and he provided them with a threat on the left wing.

A corner from Makofo was met at the near post by Edgar, who put his volley wide.

With 25 minutes left of the game, Bar needed to lift their game if they were going to rescue a point. They never did and it was the Dockers who ran away with the game.

It was 3-1 when a Luke back-pass was too short and Kamara nipped in and had his shot well saved by Ricketts.

The ball fell to Stowe who had the simple task of slotting into the unguarded net.

Bar did have a shout for a penalty when a galloping Makofo run down the left flank appeared to be halted illegally in the Tilbury box but nothing was given.

In the final minute Tilbury added their fourth to put a gloss finish onto the scoreline.

Sub Zepher Hazeem turned Nathan Simpson on the right corner of the bar box.

He got the ball onto his left foot and curled a beauty into the top left corner out of the reach of a full stretch Ricketts.

Next up for the Scholars is a league game with Thamesmead Town on Saturday at Parkfield, kick-off 3pm.


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