Murray and Lobjoit double up as Bar cruise in Trophy

PUBLISHED: 10:01 10 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:03 10 October 2017

Potters Bar Town celebrate a goal against Tilbury. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Potters Bar Town celebrate a goal against Tilbury. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Two goals each for Michael Murray and Billy Lobjoit ensured Potters Bar Town safe passage to the next round of the FA Trophy.

Steve Brown in action for Potters Bar. Picture: KARYN HADDONSteve Brown in action for Potters Bar. Picture: KARYN HADDON

The 4-0 win over Tilbury at the Pakex Stadium sets up a first qualifying round clash at home to Witham Town on October 28.

The hosts started brightly as Eion Casey shot wide and when George Nicholas laid the ball square just outside the penalty area in the eighth minute, Andy Lomas’s powerful drive flew just over Tilbury’s crossbar.

George Nicholas in action for Potters Bar. Picture: KARYN HADDONGeorge Nicholas in action for Potters Bar. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Even when the visitors ventured forward, a combination of solid defending by Steve Brown and Chris Doyle or some wayward crossing thwarted their attacks.

And it was the Scholars who took the lead in the 20th minute.

Billy Adcock in action for Potters Bar. Picture: KARYN HADDONBilly Adcock in action for Potters Bar. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Doyle won the ball on halfway and fed Billy Adcock who in turn picked out the run of Casey down the right.

And his lay-off was coolly curled into the far corner by Murray.

Potters Bar Town's Lee O'Leary drives forward against Tilbury. Picture: KARYN HADDONPotters Bar Town's Lee O'Leary drives forward against Tilbury. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Efforts came and went at both ends but Bar made it two as the game moved into injury time.

Casey was brought down in the box and Murray’s penalty squirmed under the keeper’s body.

Berkley Laurencin in action for Potters Bar. Picture: KARYN HADDONBerkley Laurencin in action for Potters Bar. Picture: KARYN HADDON

The game was settled once and for all 10 minutes into the second period.

Nicholas’s surging run picked out the overlap of Lomas and he spotted the run of Casey.

His teasing cross missed both its intended target and a defender but picked out Lobjoit unmarked at the far post and he fired the ball home.

It was all positive though for Potters who lost Nicholas to a red card after a clumsy challenge.

It was a decision which didn’t please the Potters Bar bench who pointed to a tackle from behind moments before by a Tilbury defender that didn’t even earn a booking. That was made even more gauling by the fact the defender was already on a yellow.

The Scholars brought on Steven Benavides Martinez for his debut, replacing Murray and the 10 men comfortably reshaped and defended well.

With 11 minutes to go Lobjoit fired in a low drive that the keeper saved but two minutes later he went one better to make the score 4-0, firing a free-kick from 25 yards into the top left hand corner of the net giving the keeper no chance.

Potters Bar are back in Bostik League Division One North action on Wednesday when they go to Grays Athletic.

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