Potters Bar beat league leaders AFC Rushden & Diamonds

PUBLISHED: 16:17 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 16:17 29 February 2016

Chris Doyle battles for the ball

Chris Doyle battles for the ball

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A stunning 1-0 win for Potters Bar Town over Division One Central leaders Rushden & Diamonds set them up nicely for the Red Insure Cup semi-final.

The last four clash with Premier Division Cambridge City is to be played tomorrow night (Tuesday).

On Saturday, a cold, but dry day saw a bumper attendance of 227 at the Pakex Stadium treated to a competitive game that the hosts deservedly took all three points from.

Steve Ringrose’s men put on a hard-working, strong team performance pressing the high-fllying visitors back and imposing themselves on the encounter.

From the outset the Scholars controlled the tempo taking the game to the opposition.

Eoin Casey and Jack Lyons always looked dangerous on the break, often being prompted by Billy Adcock and the rest of the midfield was supported by Luke Warner-Eley down the left.

The defence was solidly led by Garry Jones and Sean Grace.

On 35 minutes the only goal of the game came.

A Dave Lawrence free-kick from the left was flicked on near the penalty spot by Chris Doyle, who turned to see his header loop over the goalkeeper and in.

On the stroke of half-time Jordan Lawal took a knock and did not reappear for the second half.

The expected response from table-topping Diamonds did not materialise.

Even though they saw more of the ball in the last 20 minutes, they could not really muster any real pressure and chances to get back on level terms.

The closest they came to an equaliser saw Bar keeper Ben Goode save well at the foot of his right post.

Bar substitute Karim Assioui was dominating in the midfield to ensure there was no way back for Diamonds.

The final score could even have been 2-0, but further efforts from Casey, Lyons and Joe Bennett did not find the back of the net.

On Saturday, Potters Bar return to league action as they travel away to face Aylesbury.

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