Spirited reaction gains a point but Scholars could think they missed a chance

PUBLISHED: 09:36 21 January 2019

Ben Ward-Cochrane marked his return to Potters Bar Town with a goal at Bognor Regis. Picture: Melissa Page

Ben Ward-Cochrane marked his return to Potters Bar Town with a goal at Bognor Regis. Picture: Melissa Page


Potters Bar Town showed huge character to snap their losing streak and earn a come-from-behind draw away to Bognor Regis Town – although many of the Bar Army on the journey home would have been wondering how they didn’t take all three points.

The Scholars looked to be heading to a sixth straight defeat when Jimmy Muitt pounced twice, either side of half-time, to put the Rocks in command.

But the returning Ben Ward-Cochrane started the comeback on 63 minutes and a screamer from Sean Grace 10 minutes later brought the teams level.

And had it not been for a number of saves from home goalkeeper Dan Lincoln in the closing stages, Bar would have been celebrating the win.

They hadn’t deserved to be behind but such has been their luck in recent weeks.

Dernell Wynter had the first chance, bravely stopped by Lincoln, who then held on to a Brad Sach effort that was straight at him.

And it was the hosts who took the lead on 33 minutes.

A through ball from Mason Walsh found its way to Muitt and he fired past Bar’s debutant goalkeeper, Nik Tzanev, brought in from AFC Wimbledon as cover for the suspended Berkley Laurencin.

The visitors still kept plugging away with Sean Bonnett-Johnson and Andrew Lomas both having chances before the half was out.

And it was therefore a bit of a sucker punch when Bognor doubled their lead five minutes after the restart.

It came from the spot as Tzanev brought down Walsh and Muitt sent the New Zealand international stopper the wrong way.

Bognor then hit the crossbar but it brought a spirited reaction and was led by Ward-Cochrane, whose return from Hertford Town began from the bench on 62 minutes.

And two minutes later he halved the deficit, latching onto a through ball and firing beyond Lincoln.

Chris Doyle fired one over and both Wynter and Stefan Powell were denied by Lincoln as Bar pressed forward.

And they got their reward when Grace ran on to a clearance from the home defence and lashed the ball in from outside the area.

And it was the Bognor keeper who finished the busier.

He stopped Grace from adding to his tally as well as tipping away a number of efforts as the clock ticked down.

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