Potters Bar Town draw boss Lee's 200th game in charge

PUBLISHED: 19:24 27 October 2012 | UPDATED: 17:55 29 October 2012

Potters Bar Town boss Adam Lee receives his manager of the month award and champagne to celebrate his 200th game in charge from club chairman Peter Waller (right) and vice president John Robinson (left)

Potters Bar Town boss Adam Lee receives his manager of the month award and champagne to celebrate his 200th game in charge from club chairman Peter Waller (right) and vice president John Robinson (left)

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ADAM Lee's 200th game in charge of Potters Bar Town ended in a 2-2 draw with bottom of the table Ware at the Pakex Stadium this afternoon (Saturday).

Prior to the clash, Bar boss Lee was presented with the Ryman League Division One North manager of the month award for August and September after his side climbed to the top of the table.

The Scholars went into the game third in the standings following Tuesday’s 2-0 home defeat to Grays Athletic, their first league loss this term.

Bar started the stronger, however in Ware’s first attack Elliott King released Tony Martin inside the Bar box and he rolled the ball past home keeper Ed Thompson to open the scoring in the eighth minute.

Scholars’ skipper Danny Johnson made a diving block soon after from a Jimmy Martin drive to stop the Blues going further ahead and then he got in the way of a well struck Elliott King effort.

Ryan Fleming flicked a free header from a corner just wide as Ware looked to add to their tally.

Potters Bar became more and more frustrated as they rushed passes and struggled to keep possession in the Ware half.

On a rare early attempt on goal Josh Urquhart tried his luck from 30 yards, but shot wide of the visitors’ goal.

Back at the other end Thompson turned a Spencer Knight shot around the post before his side managed to clear two corners in quick succession.

The hosts went on the hunt for a leveller and came close as Billy Witham’s deep ball into the box was headed down by Wesley Beckles for James Gershfield to smash a shot goalwards which stung the hands of Ware keeper Rhys Madden who kept out the attempt.

Chris Doyle fired wide from fully 35 yards before Bar did get back on level terms in the simplest of ways.

An Urquhart free-kick from the left found the unmarked Johnson and he had the space to nod past Madden on 38 minutes.

There was time before the break for both sides to have one more crack at goal, but Thompson saved Knight’s 25 yarder and Cole Penney curled wide for Bar from a similar distance at the other end.

A slow start to the second half didn’t see a great deal of goal action in the early stages.

The half was 10 minutes old before Doyle drove forward cut inside from the left and crashed a fine effort goalwards which was tipped over by Madden.

Beckles then headed over a Penny corner before Bar took the lead for the first time in the game.

A fine passing move ended with Penny feeding Doyle and he slotted into the bottom right corner from a tight angle in the 70th minute.

However, Bar failed to capitalise on the advantage and add a third.

It was to prove costly as they then conceded a slopped second goal.

Urquhart gave the ball away to Ware right back Ross Clemo mid way in the Town half.

He carried on his run down the flank, was allowed to travel unchallenged into the box and hit a shot which deflected off Beckles and found the bottom right corner with 10 minutes to go.

Bar never looked like going back ahead in the final stages with only a half chance for substitute Ashley Harrison-Barker in the final minute that was easily gathered by Madden.

Potters Bar have a friendly with Ryman Premier Division side Harrow Borough on Monday night before taking on Romford in the league on Saturday.

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