Gallery: Scholars sink the Dockers
PUBLISHED: 15:51 15 January 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 26 October 2009
Potters Bar Town 4 Tilbury 3 Mark Hemmings reports POTTERS Bar just came out on top in a seven-goal thriller with Tilbury on Saturday. Strikers Duane Jackman and Sam Adejokun both hit the back of the net in the first half. Sensational efforts from wide-m
Potters Bar Town 4 Tilbury 3
Mark Hemmings reports
POTTERS Bar just came out on top in a seven-goal thriller with Tilbury on Saturday.
Strikers Duane Jackman and Sam Adejokun both hit the back of the net in the first half.
Sensational efforts from wide-men Junior Dadson and Darryl Wilson then sealed the Ryman League points against the Dockers.
It was a vital victory for the Scholars after starting the day in the Division One North bottom four, just above visitors Tilbury.
The win, only Town's sixth in the league this season, lifted them above both Waltham Forest and Waltham Abbey, whose match against each other was postponed.
Steve Browne's troops deservedly took the lead through Jackman on 12 minutes.
Industrious Town midfielder Hector Mackie played in Wilson on the right wing.
He fed Precious Koko inside the box whose shot was parried by keeper Danny Spendlove. The loose ball fell to Jackman, who tucked it home.
The lead was doubled eight minutes later. Impressive attacking left full-back Nathan Smith flew down his wing, leaving opponents in his wake.
He crossed low and hard into the path of Adejokun, who fired past Spendlove.
Smith came close to getting on the scoresheet himself just after the half-hour mark.
His pace took him down the left wing once again. He rode the challenge of the last defender, when he could have gone to ground and won a penalty, before hitting a shot that Spendlove saved.
Just before the break Mackie played in Dadson, who sprang the offside trap but fired high when he really should have done better.
That miss could have proved costly as Tilbury, against the run of play, got one back on the stroke of half-time.
The visitors' Danny O'Conner played a defence-splitting pass that forward Kurt Smith raced onto before lifting over debutant keeper Fitzroy McKalaskey and into the net.
Tilbury looked less nervy after the interval and more assured on the ball.
Bar played more in their own half and relied on their pace on the counter-attack.
However, early in the second period the Parkfield club extended their lead.
With nothing much on, Dadson beat two defenders deep in the opponents' half before making his way into the area.
With just the keeper to beat, he rifled the ball with his left foot high into the net off the crossbar.
The Dockers refused to lie down and grabbed another one back soon after.
Luke Stanley crossed from the left to substitute Chris Stowe, who beat McKalaskey in the challenge and nodded in.
Tilbury pushed on looking for the leveller and Bar were forced to play on the break.
A Tilbury corner was cleared to the halfway line and picked up by right winger Darryl Wilson. He carried the ball forward and outpaced his marker.
Upon reaching the area, it looked as though he would cross to an onrushing team-mate, but he chose instead to go it alone and walloped the ball past Spendlove to make it 4-2.
The visitors from Essex were reduced to 10 men in the dying minutes when right back Nathan Philip received a second yellow card after hauling down Mackie.
Despite this setback, they scored again minutes later to make the final score 4-3. A defensive mix-up by Potters Bar saw Smith hit the woodwork before tucking the ball away at the second attempt.