Disappointment for Potters Bar Town after losing five-goal thriller at Haringey Borough

PUBLISHED: 11:19 20 January 2020 | UPDATED: 11:19 20 January 2020

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar scores and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar scores and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

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For the neutral it had everything but for Potters Bar Town the trip to Haringey Borough and subsequent 3-2 loss was hugely disappointing.

Potters Bar manager Lee O'Leary during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Potters Bar manager Lee O'Leary during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

The Isthmian League Premier Division clash at Coles Park was feisty to say the least but it was one where the Scholars held the upper hand for a good hour.

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar scores and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar scores and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

They started strongly with Josh Hutchinson and Ben Ward-Cochrane causing the home defence all sorts of problems with their strong running up front.

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar scores and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar scores and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

And it was Ward-Cochrane who opened the scoring with 18 minutes on the clock, sliding in to add the final touch after Thomas Gogo and Hutchinson had combined.

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar scores and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar scores and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

James Budden almost doubled the visitors lead, heading wide following a Hutchinson nod down from a Keagan Cole free-kick, before they did get the ball in the back of the net again on 40 minutes.

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar scores and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar scores and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

Ward-Cochrane outpaced the home defence and fired home but the goal was ruled out for offside.

Potters Bar attack the Haringey goal during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Potters Bar attack the Haringey goal during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

Two Boro players were booked in the aftermath and Haringey manager Tom Louizou was sent to the stands.

Jonathan Miles of Haringey saves penalty shot from Bradley Sach of Potters Bar  during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Jonathan Miles of Haringey saves penalty shot from Bradley Sach of Potters Bar during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

Potters Bar still had time in the first half to create one final chance but Brad Sach fired over following good work again from Hutchinson and Ward-Cochrane.

Jonathan Miles of Haringey saves penalty shot from Bradley Sach of Potters Barduring Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Jonathan Miles of Haringey saves penalty shot from Bradley Sach of Potters Barduring Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

An injury to Will Wambeek 12 minutes into the second half though started a chain of events which would have the visitors trailing just eight minutes later.

Jonathan Miles of Haringey saves penalty shot from Bradley Sach of Potters Bar and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Jonathan Miles of Haringey saves penalty shot from Bradley Sach of Potters Bar and celebrates during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

They were still in control and looking to increase their lead when Haringey were gifted a penalty as recently-departed Scholar Roman Michael-Percil went down under a challenge on the edge of the box.

Callum Ismail of Haringey and Thomas Gogo of Potters Bar during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Callum Ismail of Haringey and Thomas Gogo of Potters Bar during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

He picked himself up to fire into the top of the net beyond R'avan Constable.

Scott Durojaiye of Haringey and Imedd Kartita of Potters Bar during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Scott Durojaiye of Haringey and Imedd Kartita of Potters Bar during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

Two minutes later Constable got the upper hand briefly as he saved the wide man's shot. However, the rebound was put away by Romoluwa Akinola.

during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

In an effort to regain control manager Lee O'Leary made a double switch on 74 minutes, bringing on Imedd Kartita and Ryan Young for George Nicholas and Hutchinson, and six minutes later it bore fruit with Young lashing a 25-yard effort over Jonathan Miles to make it 2-2.

Anthony McDonald of Haringey and Andrew Lomas of Potters Bar  during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020Anthony McDonald of Haringey and Andrew Lomas of Potters Bar during Haringey Borough vs Potters Bar Town, BetVictor League Premier Division Football at Coles Park Stadium on 18th January 2020

The relief was short lived though as an umarked Rakim Richards headed home from a corner three minutes later to regain the lead for Haringey but it wasn't the last action of a dramatic game.

A long clearance from Constable found Sach on the edge of the Haringey area. He wriggled his way into the box and was brought down for another spot-kick.

Unfortunately Sach's effort was saved by Miles to deny Bar a share of the points.

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