Oyinsan's hat-trick puts smiles back on Potters Bar Town faces
PUBLISHED: 17:51 24 February 2015 | UPDATED: 13:21 12 March 2015
Following a disappointing run of results and the midweek resignation of player-manager Jack Friend, Potters Bar Town claimed a much needed, morale boosting victory for new manager Steve Ringrose.
After an afternoon in sunshine, and then in snow, the Scholars came home with three points and three goals for striker Joshua Oyinsan.
On a tricky pitch, players from both sides found it difficult to maintain their footing and produce much passing football, but it was the away side that created the early chances.
Tyler Hatherly set up Ben Bowditch to shoot over with three minutes on the clock while Oyinsan played in Joe Bennett who shot wide.
At the other end a fine tackle by full-back Laurence Rispoli denied Daventry’s Anthony O’Connor.
Oyinsan should have given the visitors the lead on 20 minutes, but headed a Spencer Cleland cross wide.
For the hosts, Andrew Musungu found himself free in the area, but got the ball caught beneath his feet and was unable to get a shot away.
James Tricks managed to flick on a corner, but Bar keeper Ben Goode was alert to the danger.
The Scholars were denied a penalty in the 22nd minute as Josh Hutchinson looked to be blocked as he looked to connect with a cross from Bennett.
But just two minutes later the Scholars were ahead as Hutchinson harried a Daventry defender for a ball and played in Oyinsan who turned two defenders in the box before hitting a fine shot home.
A last ditch tackle by Conor Sullivan prevented Tricks from shooting, while Bowditch headed over from a corner at the other end.
The Scholars came out for the second half determined to extend their lead and did so with just six minutes of the half gone.
Oyinsan headed in a Hatherly corner powerfully past Louis Porcelli in the home goal.
Just six minutes later Daventry pulled a goal back.
A free-kick out wide right from Ashley Deeney was headed back out to Tricks who hit an unstoppable volley past Goode.
Hutchinson had an effort ruled out for offside, before the killer Bar goal came seven minutes from time.
A poor kick from Porcelli put his defender under pressure. Oyinsan ran on to put the ball inside the left hand post and complete his first hat-trick for the club and put a smile back on the faces of those from the Pakex Stadium.