Points deduction galvanises Potters Bar Town to important point against Canvey Island
PUBLISHED: 10:10 26 February 2018 | UPDATED: 10:40 26 February 2018
Ten-man Potters Bar Town produced a sterling backs-to-the-wall performance to pick up a point in a 1-1 home draw with fellow promotion chasers Canvey Island.
The Scholars had played a man short for almost an hour following Billy Adcock’s sending off but they were still able to take the game to the Essex side.
They had no alternative mind after finding themselves a goal down before the dismissal but George Nicholas’s thumping header ensured they got a point.
Bar were clearly spurred on by their points deduction, which had been applied two days earlier, and in front of a good crowd of 173 they were only really under the cosh in the final 10 minutes.
The Gulls came close to taking the lead after only two minutes but George Sykes’s shot struck the post.
But they did get their beaks in front 19 minutes later when Mitchell Gilbey’s corner was nodded back across goal by Steve Sheehan and volleyed in acrobatically by James Walker.
Adcock’s red was given after the midfielder lunged in to challenge with Jake Pitty but instead of demoralising the home side, it seemed to galvanise their resolve and they pushed forward with growing determination.
They were grateful for Andrew Lomas whose goal-line clearance on the stroke of half-time kept the lead at one but the Scholars deservedly equalised five minutes into the second period.
Good approach work from Ben Ward-Cochrane and Sandro Costa allowed Eoin Casey to swing over an inviting cross from the left, an invitation that was accepted with glee by Nicholas who powered home his header at the back post.
Canvey thought they had gone back in front just two minutes later when Sam Collins’s low ball into the area from 30 yards missed everyone and snuck inside Berkley Laurencin’s post.
However, after a consultation with the linesman, the referee ruled the effort out for a player in an offside position obscuring the Bar keeper’s line of vision.
The hosts continued to press without luck but they had to work incredibly hard in the closing stages as Canvey switched up a gear in pursuit of a winner.
Laurencin made a fine save to deny Ryan Charles and Sykes hit the post for a second time but Bar hung on for a point.
They face another promotion-chasing side tomorrow (Tuesday) when they visit Maldon & Tiptree.