Full Report: Potters Bar defeated by hot Rocks

PUBLISHED: 16:20 24 February 2009 | UPDATED: 21:48 26 October 2009

Joe O'Brien on the ball for the Scholars against East Thurrock United

Joe O'Brien on the ball for the Scholars against East Thurrock United

Ryman League Division One North Potters Bar Town 2 East Thurrock United 4 Mark Hemmings reports from Parkfield POTTERS Bar Town lost their first competitive match in three weeks 4-2 at home to high-flying East Thurrock United on Saturday. Adam Lee s Sch

Bar striker Sam Adejokun has a pop at the East Thurrock United goal

Ryman League Division One North

Potters Bar Town 2 East Thurrock United 4

Mark Hemmings reports from Parkfield

POTTERS Bar Town lost their first competitive match in three weeks 4-2 at home to high-flying East Thurrock United on Saturday.

Adam Lee's Scholars started the game sluggishly and were punished by an Essex side on the hunt for the championship.

After the first 45 minutes Town were three down after goals from Thurrock's Kris Newby, Max Cornhill and Martin Tuohy.

Forward Sam Adejokun pulled one back after the break, but Tuohy tucked home his side's fourth.

Before time Potters Bar defender Dan Odamo headed in, but the Rocks were well worth the three points.

From kick-off the away outfit began at a high tempo, taking the game firmly to their hosts.

Winger Lee Hughes had already flashed an effort wide of keeper Richard Wilmot's goal before he made a telling contribution.

A short corner routine involving Hughes exchanging passes with Elliot Gresham saw the wide-man's shot hit Joe O'Brien's arm in the Bar area.

Referee Oldershaw awarded a penalty and Newby sent Wilmot the wrong way from the spot.

Just minutes later it was 2-0 as Cornhill curled in a fine free-kick from 25 yards out after Phil Barrow had brought down Kurt Smith.

The one-way traffic continued and it was three just after the half-hour mark.

A deep cross to the far post was collected by Newby.

His shot was well saved by Wilmot, but the ball dropped to Tuohy, the league's top scorer, who tucked in.

Before the break a rare Potters Bar attack saw Alex Bolt feed strike partner Adejokun, who fired at stopper Richard Wray from the right side of the box.

It was that same combination which gave their side some hope at the start of the second period.

A long boot upfield from keeper Wilmot was flicked on by Bolt. Adejokun was on it in a flash and with the outside of his boot flicked the ball past Wray.

The goal seemed to inject some confidence into Lee's men.

Bar's Mathew Mitchell crossed from the right and Odamo was just unable to connect with it when well placed.

Thurrock reminded Bar they were still looking for goals when Tuohy controlled a throw on the right wing, ran past Fred Dooling and Odamo but was thwarted as Wilmot's legs blocked his shot.

Defender Barrow's obstruction then gave United another free-kick which resulted in a fourth United goal.

The set-piece was whipped in by Ben Boyce and headed in by Tuohy.

The Scholars kept plugging away and pulled one more back from a corner with 20 minutes left to play.

Substitute Lewis Jones took the kick, Odamo outjumped everybody and planted a powerful header into the top left corner off of the bar.

In the remainder of the match Jones hit a half-volley high over the target from outside the box for Bar.

At the other end, another Thurrock free-kick was hit into the arms of Wilmot by Cornhill.

The final chance of the encounter fell to Bolt after he received the ball off Adejokun.

An off-balanced Bolt was unable to get his effort on target as his side fell to defeat.

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