A tale of two decisions leaves Potters Bar Town looking nervously behind them
PUBLISHED: 10:08 15 January 2019 | UPDATED: 10:08 15 January 2019
It was a tale of two decisions as Potters Bar Town fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Brightlingsea Regent.
The first saw the referee award a penalty to the visitors, a decision which wasn’t well received by the Pakex Stadium faithful, while the second involved a red card for goalkeeper Berkley Laurencin after a clash with a supporter.
That came with 10 minutes to go and Regent completed their victory with the game entering stoppage time.
It was a scrappy game that always looked like it would need something to spark it into life.
The first half had seen little in the way of goalmouth action with both sides cancelling each other out.
But the much-needed spark arrived almost immediately after the restart.
Brightlingsea’s Billy Hunt took a ball off Aaron Condon and charged into the box. There he met Sean Grace with the referee deciding the Potters Bar man had tripped him.
Hunt himself took the spot-kick and despite the best efforts of Laurencin, he found the back of the net.
The Scholars threw men forward in an attempt to get back level although this also offered space behind them for Brightlingsea to counter into.
With attackers Keagan Cole and Dernell Wynter both introduced from the bench Potters Bar were still hopeful of snatching something from the game.
But any hopes they had vanished in a bizarre incident on 80 minutes.
With the ball out of play behind the Bar goal, the Brightlingsea fans kept hold of it, trying to do some ‘keep-ups’.
And after jumping the fence, Laurencin’s attempts to retrieve the ball quickly brought his dismissal.
James Budden took over the goalkeeping duties but he could do nothing about Regent’s second as Hunt again burst forward and shot beyond him.
The defeat was the Scholars’ fifth defeat in a row and their ninth in the last 11 games.
And after a promising start to the season, it leaves them 17th and seriously looking over their shoulders at the relegation places.
They go to play-off chasing Bognor Regis Town on Saturday.
The club’s attempts to save themselves from automatic relegation have now broken the £2,000 mark but they still need more support.
To help with their attempts to build two new stands go to www.gofundme.com/save-potters-bar-town-from-relegation