Late heartbreak again for Potters Bar Town as Harlow add to Scholars' poor run
PUBLISHED: 10:04 26 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:04 26 November 2018
Potters Bar Town's fragility inside the closing minutes returned for a third successive week as another late goal gave Harlow Town a 2-1 win at the Pakex Stadium.
Two weeks ago an 88th-minute winner sent the Scholars crashing out of the FA Trophy at Horsham while last week a trip to Folkestone Invicta saw the hosts score in both the 89th and 90th minutes to steal the points.
This week’s nightmare came even later.
The clock had already passed the 90-minute mark when a loose touch from Chris Doyle allowed Christian Scales to nip in and steal the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box.
He turned towards goal, skipped around another defender, before slotting the ball underneath Berkley Laurencin.
The win hauls the Hawks out of the relegation places with the first back-to-back success since August.
For Potters Bar it is the third league loss in a row and will leave new joint managers Scott Cousins and Lee O’Leary cursing their bad luck.
This will be especially galling as it was an even contest throughout and had finished with Bar looking by far the more likely to score.
The match had exploded into life with two goals inside the opening quarter.
Harlow got the first, defender JJ Da Cruz heading in his fourth goal of the season on eight minutes from Louis Yuill’s corner but the hosts got themselves back on terms when Andrew Lomas rifled the ball into the roof of the net from close range.
A good passing move ended with Keagan Cole having a shot at goal that lacked power but the Scholars almost had better fortune at the start of the second half.
However, Bradley Sach was twice denied by some brave goalkeeping from Josh Bexon.
Chances came at both ends as the match continued to ebb and flow.
Cole and George Nicholas both had good chances for Bar while Laurencin made a good save from Nathan Koranteng.
Aaron Morgan-Cummings came off the bench and almost made an instant impact with a shot that flew just over while Sach twice came close in the final 10 minutes, the first being bundled wide while the second was scrambled away by Bexon.
But that was before the late drama and heartbreak for the hosts.