More late heartbreak for Potters Bar Town as they are sunk at Folkestone Invicta
PUBLISHED: 10:56 19 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:56 19 November 2018
Potters Bar Town suffered the agony of yet more late goals as they slipped to an frustrating 2-0 defeat at Folkestone Invicta.
They had conceded an 88th-minute winner as they exited the FA Trophy at Horsham seven days earlier and this trip saw strikes in the 89th and 90th minutes consign the Scholars to a Bostik Premier League loss.
The first was a rare effort from defender Phil Starkey who was found on a marauding run forward by Ronnie Dolan and Kieron McCann before Bar were stung with another when Ade Yusuff’s cross was smashed into the roof of Dan Purdue’s net by substitute Ian Draycott.
It is another bitter blow to new management team Scott cousins and Lee O’Leary from a match which could have gone either way.
A good crowd inside the Fullicks Stadium were treated to an entertaining game in the winter sunshine between two very well-matched sides.
Potters Bar handed a debut to new signing Mahrez Bettache while the three other new faces, Stefan Powell, Mergim Qarris and Lewis Hobbs all had to be content with a place on the bench.
And it was the visitors who had the first chance of the game with a shot that bounced back off the frame of the goal.
Invicta responded and a series of corners produced a couple of near misses, McCann going the closest when a deflected effort came back off the crossbar towards the end of the first period.
But if Folkestone had enjoyed slightly more of the play in the first half, Bar were slightly on top in the second.
They had introduced Keegan Cole at the break while Qarris replaced Bettache midway through the half and the Scholars went close several times.
Their best chance fell to an unmarked Bradley Sach, who was found in acres of space and could have taken the ball in far closer, but he dallied and could only fire tamely wide.
But it was the two substitutions for the hosts which tipped the balance their way again.
Striker Draycott would make his own mark on proceedings late on but it was the introduction of second sub Alfie Paxman with six minutes to go that was the main catalyst as his pace sparked the Folkestone delight and Potters Bar despair.
The Scholars host Harlow Town on Saturday at the Pakex Stadium.