Bostik Premier: Eoin on the case as Potters Bar Town gain narrow win over Lewes
PUBLISHED: 12:10 15 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:13 15 October 2018
A goal nine minutes from time moved Potters Bar town back to the fringes of the Bostik Premier Division play-off places with a 1-0 win at home to Lewes.
Eoin Casey got it, reacting quickest when Rooks’ goalkeeper Lewis Carey could only parry a thunderous Billy Adcock shot into his path.
It was a deserved win for the Scholars, mainly because of a far better second-half showing in a game of few chances.
And it moves the Pakex Stadium side into seventh, two places and one point behind Enfield Town in fifth.
It was a tense affair which didn’t give the non-league day crowd of 244 as much entertainment as hoped.
Defences were on top throughout the first period as a blustery wind kept attacking forays in check.
The highlight of the half for the hosts came early as Bradley Sach rattled a free kick off the visitors post with the keeper stranded.
Marcus Elliott went closest for Lewes but fluffed his shot when through on goal and the teams went in at half time with the scores level.
The second half was a brighter affair as the wind died a little and the players came to terms with the conditions.
Lewes had the strong wind behind them and thought they had taken the lead within minutes of the restart, only for Frankie Chappell to be flagged offside after helping a Leon Redwood free-kick back across goal for Luke Blewden to finish.
But Bar gradually started to take the game by the scruff of the neck.
One opportunity saw Chris Doyle go haring down the right wing and open up the Lewes defence.
However, skipper Lee O’Leary saw his shot blocked by the visiting defence.
On the other wing Dernell Wynter beat his man to put in a fine cross which just evaded the attempts of Sach and Casey at the far post.
And Potters Bar continue to apply more and more pressure as the half progressed and it wasn’t too much of a surprise to see them grab the winner.
Their next league game is on Saturday when they go to Carshalton Athletic.
Before that though they will battle Watford in the Herts Senior Challenge Cup.
That takes place tomorrow (Tuesday) at the Pakex Stadium.