No goals but plenty of drama as Potters Bar are held by AFC Sudbury

PUBLISHED: 11:30 07 December 2017 | UPDATED: 11:30 07 December 2017

George Nicholas got the second for Potters Bar Town against Mildenhall Town but was sent-off against AFC Sudbury.


George Nicholas got the second for Potters Bar Town against Mildenhall Town but was sent-off against AFC Sudbury. Picture: KARYN HADDON


Potters Bar Town extended their unbeaten run in the Bostik League North Division to eight, although the winning run was halted at four after a 0-0 draw with AFC Sudbury at the Pakex Stadium – in a game that may have been short of goals but was definitely high in drama.

A disallowed goal, a sending-off and the second half that was brought to a premature end were just the main highlights on Tuesday night and after the dust settled, Bar were left in fifth place in the table but still with games in hand on the sides above them.

The home settled quickly and was soon on the attack, with Sudbury offering little in return.

Billy Adcock, Ismail Ehui and Steve Brown all went close before it finally appeared the Scholars had taken the lead on 34 minutes.

A Michael Murray free kick from the right saw a defender only partially clear under pressure from Brown but the ball fell to Ehui who turned and shot home.

The referee awarded the goal initially before conferring with his assistant after heated protests from the away dugout.

The eventuality of it was the goal was ruled out for an offside.

The next action was a challenge from George Nicholas that saw all 22 players gather in the centre circle.

Again the referee consulted his assistants and the decision was a straight red for the Bar midfielder and a booking for each team.

Half-time cooled the passions and Bar continued to press after the break, despite being a man light.

There were shouts for a handball as the hosts pressed but in the end they had to settle for a point on the final whistle, which appeared to go three minutes early.

It was in complete contrast to the game on Saturday when Potters won 2-0 against Mildenhall Town.

Michael Murray’s 11th league goal of the campaign, and 14th in all competitions, put them ahead before half-time although they had to wait until the 90th minute to secure the victory when Nicholas got the second.

The results mean that Bar, along with leaders AFC Hornchurch, are the form side in the division.

Two away trips are next on the agenda to sides that are definitely not in form.

The Scholars go to Tilbury on Saturday followed by Bury Town on Tuesday with both teams having won just one in the last six games.

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