Playoffs in sight once more after Potters Bar heat up chilly Frost Hire Stadium

PUBLISHED: 14:15 27 November 2017 | UPDATED: 14:16 27 November 2017

Lee O'Leary scored one of the three Potters Bar Town goals against Canvey Island. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Lee O'Leary scored one of the three Potters Bar Town goals against Canvey Island. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Potters Bar Town got themselves onto the coat tails of the play-offs with an impressive 3-0 win away to fellow play-off chasers Canvey Island.

Eoin Casey, Lee O’Leary and Steve Brown got the goals that lifts the Scholars into eighth in the Bostik League North Division.

Jake Pitty had the first chance at the Frost Hire Stadium on Saturday but the home striker fired high and wide on five minutes.

It was another 13 minutes before Bar registered their first shot on target, Michael Murray curling a free-kick from a central position 25 yards out round the wall but goalkeeper Ashlee Jones was able to save.

However, he had no chance with Casey’s opener.

Steve Sheehan had already denied the forward with a block that gave away a corner but from the set-piece Casey raced in to head home from eight yards.

It was 2-0 in similar circumstances three minutes later as the Gulls failed to cope with the quality of the visitors’ set-pieces.

Murray’s delivery was again perfect, this time finding O’Leary’s glancing header which crept inside the upright.

Canvey had a shout for a penalty 10 minutes into the second half when James Walker went down under a challenge but the referee allowed play to go on.

Soon afterwards a sliced clearance from Jones gave possession to Femi Ogunsola and with a neat piece of skill he flicked the ball over Sheehan before playing a low ball from the right to the near post.

However, O’Leary couldn’t keep his shot down as he slid in.

The closest Canvey came to scoring was on 82 minutes when Sam Collins sent over a free-kick from the right wing.

Ryan Charles got his head to the ball which looked to be heading before a block from a defender.

Potters Bar launched a counter-attack immediately with Sandro Costa playing the ball through to Ogunsola.

He bore down on goal from the right but Jones did brilliantly to save diving down by his post and force a corner.

The points though were sealed from the kick, with the visitors taking advantage of Canvey’s defensive disorganisation from set pieces for the third time.

This time the ball picked out Brown who was on hand to volley home unopposed from close range.

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