Chances go begging as Potters Bar Town are held to a draw against relegation rivals Burgess Hill
PUBLISHED: 14:48 25 February 2019 | UPDATED: 14:48 25 February 2019
Potters Bar Town will look back on this as three points missed rather than one point gained as they were held to a 0-0 draw at home to Burgess Hill Town.
It could still be a valuable addition to their points tally but they could and probably should have put the Bostik Premier League’s basement club out of sight in the first-half.
Numerous chances went begging with visiting Hillians’ goalkeeper Josh James being named as man of the match.
Bar are now down to 18th but still have and six-point cushion to the bottom three, although Harlow Town and Wingate & Finchley have both played one game less.
The Scholars started on the front foot and could have taken the lead in the eighth minute but Josh Hutchinson’s spectacular overhead kick came back off the bar.
He could have scored moments later too but his dinked effort beat both James and the post
James made the first in a series of fine saves on 21 minutes to deny Brad Sach after good work down the left from Ben Ward-Cochrane
And from the resulting corner he produced an even better stop to thwart a Sean Grace header.
James Budden almost sent the home side in at half time with a lead but his header from an Andy Lomas free-kick went just the wrong side of the post.
The second period didn’t contain anywhere near as many chances with both sides struggling to craft any real opportunities.
The best for the home side fell to Sach after being found by Ward-Cochrane again but the centre-forward’s header flew just over the top.
Other than that a Hutchinson effort that was somehow blocked by Cheick Toure and another effort from Grace saved by James were as close as Bar came to grabbing the win.
For Burgess Hill the best chance came via a header from Rance on a rare attack but he was unable to direct it goalwards.
Bar’s next game is tomorrow (Tuesday) when they host Hemel Hempstead Town in the Herts Charity Cup.
Their next league match sees them make the short trip to Bishop’s Stortford on Saturday.
Potters Bar are still seeking assistance to build tow new stands and avoid the very real threat of automatic relegation.
To help go to www.gofundme.com/save-potters-bar-town-from-relegation