Gallery: Scholars suffer the Blues
PUBLISHED: 13:46 18 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009
Ryman League Division One North Potters Bar Town 0 Arlesey Town 1 MARK HEMMINGS reports from Parkfield SCORING goals was the Scholars major downfall on Saturday as they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Arlesey Town. Winger Obi Nene grabbed the only goal
Ryman League Division One North
Potters Bar Town 0 Arlesey Town 1
MARK HEMMINGS reports from Parkfield
SCORING goals was the Scholars' major downfall on Saturday as they slipped to a 1-0 home defeat to Arlesey Town.
Winger Obi Nene grabbed the only goal of the game just after half-time for the Bedfordshire club as Steve Browne's troops were made to pay for not taking their chances.
Early indications in this Ryman League Division One North encounter were that it would be a tight affair, with a scoreline nothing like the 6-0 thumping the Blues gave Bar earlier in the season.
Visiting captain Ryan Oliva had the first opportunity to score on 20 minutes.
He got his head on the end of a Shane Brown free-kick but was thwarted by home stopper Ashlee Jones.
Giant away striker Tom Beech was then also denied by Jones, who saved his left-footed effort.
Bar full-back Nathan Smith had a pot shot from distance, but on his weaker right foot he fired high and wide.
On 27 minutes, the Parkfield club had their best chance of the half.
Away keeper John Whincup attempted to control a hopeful ball forward outside of his box.
He trod on it and home forward Sam Adejokun stole in. However, he could only guide his shot wide of the right post.
Striker Adejokun was involved again soon after for Browne's side.
His strike partner, Duane Jackman, cushioned a ball into the box on his chest and should have shot.
Instead of having a pop at the target, he passed to Adejokun, who was given offside six yards from goal.
They went in all square at half-time with a breakthrough to come soon after.
Arlesey took the lead from their first meaningful attack after the break.
Lively right midfielder Idemudia Okeje found a way past home defender Billy Crowther to whip in a ball across the face of goal.
It fizzed past the strikers and keeper Jones before falling to flankman Nene, who comfortably tucked in.
The Parkfield club came close to levelling two minutes later.
Dane Springer played a short corner to Junior Dadson and he ran in on goal but saw his shot pushed away by Whincup.
As they took the game to the Blues, defenders Theo Daniels and Precious Koko went up for another corner.
A Dadson kick was nodded on by Koko and fell to Daniels. He whacked the ball goalwards and saw it crack against the upright before going over.
In trying to rescue a point, having not drawn a league game since October 16, Potters Bar went for broke.
A Jones goal kick was collected by Jackman. He controlled and ran with it before feeding Springer.
From inside the box and left of goal, the nippy midfielder got under the ball too much and put it over.
Jackman himself could then only head at the Arlesey keeper from a George Sifonios cross.
On the break, ex-Bar player Lloyd Opara used his size to hold up the ball and had a couple of shots which failed to test keeper Jones.
Chances still fell to the hosts and in the last minute they had a corner but the keeper punched it clear.
Despite the seven minutes of injury time, the visitors held on to record only their second win in 14 attempts.
The defeat was Potters Bar's second in a week after also losing at Bury Town last Tuesday night.
Browne's men journey to fellow strugglers Waltham Forest this Saturday.