Gallery: Bar's unbeaten run comes to an end
PUBLISHED: 17:13 22 April 2008 | UPDATED: 22:13 26 October 2009
Ryman League Division One North Potters Bar Town 0 Brentwood Town 2 TWO first-half Brentwood Town goals were enough to beat Potters Bar 2-0 at Parkfield and end their three match unbeaten run. Steve Browne s Scholars found themselves a goal behind in the
Ryman League Division One North
Potters Bar Town 0 Brentwood Town 2
TWO first-half Brentwood Town goals were enough to beat Potters Bar 2-0 at Parkfield and end their three match unbeaten run.
Steve Browne's Scholars found themselves a goal behind in the very first minute on Saturday when Sean Thomas headed a Joao Carlos corner past keeper Ashlee Jones.
The visitors doubled their lead before half-time through former Cheshunt player Michael Deane.
Bar secured their Ryman Division One North status with a win against Waltham Abbey in the game prior to this one.
So Brentwood, who still have a chance of making the play-offs, had more to gain from collecting the three points from the weekend's encounter.
Bar boss Browne was forced to name a back four without the ever-reliable Precious Koko, who was unavailable for selection.
Now safe from relegation, Bar got off to the worst possible start against the Blues. Just 59 seconds had been played when Thomas nodded in.
The hosts were fortunate not to concede from another corner just minutes later, but this time defender Theo Daniels managed to clear the danger.
Once again the Essex side caused problems with yet another corner and big striker Tom Whittaker got his head to the ball and nodded over the crossbar.
In their first real attack of the game, Potters Bar broke with Junior Dadson.
He teed up midfielder Sean Bonnett-Johnson, who shot straight at visiting keeper Marc Palmer.
Whittaker, who was causing problems for Bar with his height, again got on the end of a corner for the Blues but saw his effort go too high.
For the hosts, Serge Makofo got away from his man on the left before the ball fell to Bonnett-Johnson but once more his shot was saved by Palmer.
Defender Daniels turned creator this time but his ball in beat everyone and went to safety.
The visitors increased their lead on 38 minutes and were then happy to kill the game.
Deane ran at full-back Dapo Abitogun before hitting an excellent shot past Jones, who had no chance of stopping it.
At the break Bar boss Browne changed his line-up as he introduced forward Ashley Harrison-Barker for Bonnett-Johnson and on came Jonathan Spencer for Abitogun.
Just after the restart Jones had to be alert as he saved from Carlos.
A Dadson free-kick from the right was whipped in agonisingly just out of the reach of the newly introduced Harrison-Barker, who is still looking for his first Potters Bar goal.
Makofo then had a shot but could not get any real direction on it as it was central and at the keeper.
At the other end, Carlos had another effort at Jones' goal but the stopper was equal to it.
With less than 10 minutes to play Harrison-Barker went on an excellent run before scuffing a shot at goal which didn't really test the keeper.
Bar pushed on in the final period looking to rescue something from the match.
Makofo had a late effort saved and sub Harry Wheeler put one over from 25 yards after a pull back from the right.
Brentwood held onto their two-goal cushion and collected the three points.
They now sit two places away from the play-offs needing to win their final game and for other results to go their way to reach them.
Bar are 17th in the division, which is the highest place they can finish, with one game left of the season.
The Scholars travel to Suffolk on Saturday to take on second in the table AFC Sudbury.
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