Potters Bar Town close to another FA Cup giantkilling at Hampton & Richmond Borough
PUBLISHED: 11:42 18 September 2017 | UPDATED: 11:42 18 September 2017
Potters Bar Town showed their credentials as FA Cup giantkillers once again as they gave Hampton & Richmond Borough an almighty scare.
Last season Bar sent Vanarama National League South Bath City out of the competition and they were within six minutes of doing likewise to league rivals Borough at their Beveree Stadium ground.
And whatever happens in tomorrow’s replay at the Pakex (Tuesday), the Scholars have shown they are more than capable of mixing it at a higher level.
David Sota’s goal 16 minutes from time had given them a priceless lead but two penalties for the hosts, the second of which was dispatched by Duncan Culley, ensured a further encounter.
The Scholars had travelled missing some regulars but still put in a hard-working performance against a side two divisions higher than them.
Harry Crawford shot wide early early on for the hosts before Steve Browne’s header from a Michael Murray free-kick rattled the crossbar.
Scholars youngster Femi Ogunsola had a gilt-edged chance after the hosts gave the ball away 20 yards outside the penalty area.
But he couldn’t get the ball out of his feet and shot tamely at Sam Howes.
Sean Grace headed wide from another Murray set-piece and Malachi Napa shot over for the Beavers as the half closed goal-less.
It was the host who upped the tempo at the start of the second period, feeding Napa as often as possible, but he was well marshaled by the visitor’s full-back Billy Baird.
He did get loose though in the 52nd minute, but hit his shot wide, and then Berkeley Laurencin kept out a header.
But despite pressure for the National South outfit, it was Bar who took the lead.
A throw in was moved to Pierre Etienne and his cross to the near post was guided home by Sota.
Hampton ramped up the pressure after that in a desperate attempt to equalise.
And they had a glorious opportunity from the penalty spot after a handball but Taurean Roberts fired over.
But Culley made no mistake from the second spot-kick and although George Nicholas had one more chance for Bar, Howes was equal to it and the game headed to a draw and tomorrow’s replay.