Potters Bar Town now unbeaten in 10 league games
PUBLISHED: 11:26 18 October 2012 | UPDATED: 11:48 18 October 2012
THE Scholars stretched their unbeaten start to the Ryman League Division One North campaign to 10 games on Saturday after a 1-1 home draw with Heybridge Swifts.
Town trailed 1-0 after Taylor Hastings netted 11 minutes into the second half for the visitors at the newly re-named Pakex Stadium.
Sergio Manesio popped up though to grab a leveller later in the half to ensure Bar, who were without injured top scorer James Gershfield, stay unbeaten.
However, the point gained saw Potters Bar slip from top spot to second in the league standings with Maldon & Tiptree replacing them at the summit.
The hosts started well enough forcing visiting keeper Nicky Eyre to make a couple of decent saves.
Chances for Swifts were limited and corners from Daniel Barber were dangerous with Potters Bar clearing their area with some difficulty.
Swifts had a good chance to take the lead, but Luke Callander’s header was off target and a long range effort from Ben Newson took a deflection before flying over.
Away striker Michael Cheek appeared to be fouled for a penalty, but the referee deemed it not so and chose to talk to Cheek in the presence of skipper Callander.
Swifts started the stronger after the break and enjoyed a period of attacking in the first 10 minutes culminating in a free-kick being earned by Ben Newson.
Barber’s free-kick eluded all but Hastings who was on hand to stab the ball home past Bar keeper Ed Thompson on 56 minutes.
Potters Bar fought back and were enjoying some success down the left flank where Swifts defence held firm.
A long range shot on 70 minutes was well saved by Eyre, but the rebound fell to Manesio who slotted home the rebound.
Swifts were now on the backfoot but near the end of the half Callander broke clear and his lobbed shot evaded Cheek’s acrobatic effort at the far post.
The referee deemed Swifts to have conceded a back pass deep into injury time.
Around 15 players crowded into the six yard box with keeper Eyre trying to force himself into a position to defend his goal.
However, Bar were unable to make the most of the opportunity as the game ended all square.
Potters Bar are next in league action on Saturday as they travel away to Chatham Town.