Late leveller denies Scholars victory
PUBLISHED: 16:35 25 March 2008 | UPDATED: 22:01 26 October 2009
Ryman League Division One North Enfield Town 1 Potters Bar Town 1 MARK HEMMINGS reports from Goldsdown Road POTTERS Bar Town were denied their first win in six games by a late Enfield Town leveller on Easter Monday. The Scholars had dominated the first h
Ryman League Division One North
Enfield Town 1 Potters Bar Town 1
MARK HEMMINGS reports from Goldsdown Road
POTTERS Bar Town were denied their first win in six games by a late Enfield Town leveller on Easter Monday.
The Scholars had dominated the first half but despite creating chance after chance, they failed to take the lead until early in the second period.
Impressive debutant Serge Makofo headed in a cross from fellow Bar newcomer Chris Haslam to put the visitors ahead.
With 90 minutes played and the Bar travelling supported urging the referee to blow the final whistle, Towners sub Richard Simpson scored a header of his own to rescue the hosts a point.
Glenn Harvey nearly gave the home side a first minute lead but he nodded a Rudi Hall free-kick wide.
Bar soon got into their stride and left winger Makofo fed opposite flankman Junior Dadson.
The former Blackburn Rovers man tuned his defender but his drive was turned round the post by keeper Jason Willis.
Potters Bar then continued to pepper the home goal without finding the net.
Midfielder James Archer exchanged passes with Dadson before receiving the ball back and hitting a fierce low shot, which Willis again kept put.
Dadson also had a good chance to score. This time a long goal kick by visiting stopper Ashlee Jones reached the winger.
He got free of the back line but his lobbed effort went high over the keeper and the crossbar.
Haslam then took a speculative pot shot from distance that went high and wide of the mark.
Just after the half-hour mark, Makofo carried the ball from his own half and won a corner when his attempted cross was blocked.
He took the set piece and found Sylvain Doussou, but his header from 18 yards missed the target.
However, on the stroke of half-time it was Enfield who nearly stole a lead.
Nick McKay, playing at centre half for Bar, played a back pass to Jones.
His attempt to return the ball back to McKay hit an Enfield player but luckily the keeper managed to get the ball back.
Potters Bar began the second half in a bright fashion.
Dadson got through the defence again but shot straight at keeper Willis when clean through.
The breakthrough finally came on 52 minutes.
A searching ball forward to Haslam found the lone striker to the left of the box.
He got the ball under control and floated a cross to the back post where Mokofo was lurking to nod into the net.
Enfield showed their intent coming forward and sub Ozie Foster lobbed a ball into the box for skipper Hall, who headed over.
The home side, with the wind going their way, threw on their big men and looked for an equaliser.
At the other end, Bar boss Steve Browne brought on Sam Adejokun up front to replace Haslam.
Full-back Jonathan Spencer released Makofo, who crossed for Adejokun and his header drifted to the left of goal.
Sub Darren Grieves put a powerful header from a Hall free-kick over the top for Enfield.
Skipper George Sifonios then found Adejokun, who scuffed a shot wide of Willis' goal with 10 minutes left to play.
Late drama was to unfold as Bar tried to hold on for the win.
Enfield's Luke Marshall set up the equaliser in time added on at the end.
His jinking run on the left ended with a high ball to the back post which found substitute Simpson, who had space to head in.
Bar had chances to go back in front but neither Darryl Wilson nor Mokofo had the composure to grab a decisive winner.