Gallery: Late Darts double denies Bar win
PUBLISHED: 18:40 07 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:49 26 October 2009
Ryman League Division One North Potters Bar Town 2 Dartford 2 Mark Hemmings reports from Parkfield POTTERS Bar threw away a two-goal lead with five minutes left as they drew 2-2 with league leaders Dartford on Saturday. The Scholars went ahead in the fir
Ryman League Division One North
Potters Bar Town 2 Dartford 2
Mark Hemmings reports from Parkfield
POTTERS Bar threw away a two-goal lead with five minutes left as they drew 2-2 with league leaders Dartford on Saturday.
The Scholars went ahead in the first 60 seconds of the match.
They stunned the Darts when striker Sam Adejokun tucked in a Junior Dadson cross.
It was Dadson who doubled the lead in the 82nd minute as the home side looked to upset the promotion certs from Kent.
However, Dartford pulled one back through forward Jay May.
And captain Alex O'Brien rescued the visitors a point with virtually the last kick of the game in added on time.
Bar started the game in the best possible way. From inside his own penalty area skipper George Sifonios passed to winger Dadson on the left-hand side.
From the hosts' half, the speedy wideman outpaced his marker and ran the ball to the other end of the field.
He drilled it low across the face of goal for the Parkfield club's leading goalscorer Adejokun to convert.
It could have been two just a minute later when Serge Makofo collected a throw from the left but his turn and shot missed the target.
Dartford's first attack was an indication of their style of play.
A Tony Kessell goal kick was flicked on by tall centre forward May to his strike partner Brendan Cass.
The man with 30 goals this season could not make it 31 as he volleyed high and wide from 18 yards.
The Darts came within inches of levelling on 14 minutes.
A corner from the right was knocked down to defender Adam Flanagan, who put his effort just past the past.
As Dartford put on the pressure, Jamie Coyle headed over another corner before his team-mate Flanagan did the same.
On a breakaway, Sifonios put a left-footed bouncing half volley just wide of Kessell's goal.
May headed a Mark Green ball at home stopper Ashlee Jones, who held onto it.
Coyle prodded another Dartford corner just wide when it looked like going in. Flanagan got his head to yet another corner, but again his effort was held by Bar keeper Jones.
Cass fired low from the edge of the box but Jones was equal to it and collected the ball safely.
The closest the visitors came to scoring in the first half was when Ryan Hayes crashed a free-kick against the crossbar.
Town had defender Precious Koko to thank on the half-time whistle as his last-ditch tackle denied May a clear shot on goal inside the penalty box.
Potters Bar were on the back foot for the majority of the second half, defending a barrage of corners, set pieces and crosses.
Jones was commanding in goal, catching ball after ball.
Those he didn't collect were cleared by his defenders or the head of forward Adejokun, who helped out at the back.
Try as they might the Darts could not find a way through as they brought big men up from the back for set pieces.
On the break the hosts did have chances. Dadson scuffed one opportunity laid to him by Adejokun.
Adejokun then went on a jinking run from the halfway line.
He beat two men and appeared to have beaten a third before he was hauled down when clean through.
The referee ignored shouts for a penalty and play continued.
With less then 10 minutes to go Scholars sub Sean Bonnett-Johnson won the ball in the middle of the park and played a delightful through ball to Dadson.
This time he took his chance and slotted past Kessell and into the net for 2-0.
Dartford soon replied and when a cross from the right wasn't cleared the unmarked May netted.
With the clock well past 90 minutes, the referee found an added three minutes from somewhere and it proved costly.
Bar failed to keep possession in the Dartford half and the away side mounted the final attack of the game looking to salvage a point.
Hayes' cross from the right was headed down to visiting skipper O'Brien, who tucked in to snatch a draw.
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