Match report: Potters Bar 1-3 St Ives Town

PUBLISHED: 17:23 18 February 2015 | UPDATED: 17:23 18 February 2015

Josh Hutchinson fires in a shot

Josh Hutchinson fires in a shot


A game that was disrupted for 45 minutes due to a head injury to Potters Bar Town centre-back Conor Sullivan saw The Scholars once again fail to reap the reward they deserved.

A St Ives Town goal four minutes from the start, one four minutes from the end sandwiched the second and gave the visitors an emphatic looking victory.

A slow start for the home side saw Stuart Eason take advantage of a Harry O’Malley cross to give The Ives the lead and leave The Scholars chasing the game.

Bar probably had the better of the early exchanges with striker Josh Hutchinson having a shot blocked and Tyler Hatherly and Cole Penny creating chances.

But with the long delay due to the injury to Sullivan the momentum was lost and St Ives doubled their lead shortly after the restart through Jack Higgs.

The Scholars were quickly back in the game though as Laurence Rispoli delivered a long ball into the box from the right that found Ben Bowditch in space at the far post.

His powerful shot from 10 yards that beat Ives keeper Tim Trebes, but hit the underside of the crossbar and bounced down to Hutchinson who side-footed the ball home from close range.

Hutchinson almost levelled the scores just on half-time, but his header from another Rispoli cross was cleared off the line by Jordan Lambert.

Both sides created chances in the second half with Hatherly and Hutchinson going close for the Scholars, whilst keeper Mike Underwood was called on to make several good saves to keep the home side in the game.

Ives’ third goal came late in the game from a breakaway with Bar pressing to look for the equaliser with James Hall running the ball at the home defence before setting up Dan Banister for the goal that settled it.

The Scholars will look to break their disastrous run of eight defeats in 10 matches as they travel to 15th placed Aylesbury United tonight (Wednesday).

Defeats at Leighton Town, Kettering Town and St Ives Town have left Potters Bar languishing in 16th in Evo-Stik Southern League Division One Central.

Bar have 12 games left this campaign.

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