It's the Pitts for the Scholars

PUBLISHED: 16:40 29 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:53 26 October 2009

Ryman League Division One North Potters Bar Town 0 Great Wakering Rovers 1 MARK HEMMINGS reports GREAT Wakering Rovers full-back Danny Pitts fired in a first-half free-kick to take the points from Potters Bar at Parkfield on Saturday. The Scholars slu

Ryman League Division One North

Potters Bar Town 0 Great Wakering Rovers 1

MARK HEMMINGS reports

GREAT Wakering Rovers full-back Danny Pitts fired in a first-half free-kick to take the points from Potters Bar at Parkfield on Saturday.

The Scholars slumped to their second consecutive league defeat in a game they never looked likely to get anything from.

Essex visitors Rovers bossed the first period. They led 1-0 at the break but could have been three or four up.

The second half saw a better performance from the hosts but they failed to find a way through.

Bar actually started brightly and five minutes in Junior Dadson collected the ball on the right wing and cut into the middle of the pitch.

Darryl Wilson took it off him on the edge of the box and hit a shot that was deflected over.

After that Rovers began to get into the game more and more.

Wakering had the ball in the net but it was ruled out for offside eight minutes in.

James White and Mark Cartlidge exchanged passes before the latter crossed to the near post where Mark Tuohy was given offside after tucking the ball home.

That was a warning sign for what was laying around the corner for the Scholars.

Just after the 15-minute mark, a hopeful ball forward by Great Wakering was controlled on the arm and chest of home debutant centre-half Jermaine Hind.

The referee awarded a direct free-kick in a central position to Rovers 25 yards from goal.

Right full-back Pitts, a former Southend United youngster, stepped up to bend a shot past the wall and into the net, comfortably beating home keeper Fitzroy McAulsky.

As Wakering began to dominate, McAulsky kept his side in the game with saves from James White and Elliott Gresham.

A ball over the top of the Bar backline was chased by James Foy. He got to it before McAulsky but his lob sailed over the target.

White then headed onto the Scholars crossbar from a long throw-in from the right.

Stern words were dished out by Bar boss Steve Browne at the break and his side improved in the second half.

A chance fell to Sam Adejokun after the interval when he received the ball from a McAulsky goal kick.

However, the normally accurate forward fired his shot out of the ground.

Again looking for a leveller, the Scholars came close. Dadson swung in a corner from the right that flashed across the goalmouth and skipper Billy Crowther kept the ball alive on the left.

He knocked it back in the box and Dadson fired a volley wide.

In one of their best moves of the game, Nathan Smith and Dane Springer interchanged during a patient passing build up. It resulted in Springer firing over from a tight angle.

With 15 minutes to go Browne took off Springer and put on defender Theo Daniels.

Browne moved tall full-back Crowther up top to provide more of a physical presence in the final third.

From an attacking throw in the Wakering half, Bar broke away with Wilson.

He played in Crowther, who smashed a shot from a tight angle towards the goal but keeper Louis Green tipped it over.

Wakering could have doubled their lead near the end.

Matt Reade crossed low to the centre of the goal and with Foy looking certain to seal the win, defender Smith somehow managed to get a toe to the ball first to put it into touch.

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