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

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Josh Hutchinson in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Josh Hutchinson in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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It was a tale of two decisions as Potters Bar Town fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Brightlingsea Regent.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Lee O'Leary gets up to win a header.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Lee O'Leary gets up to win a header. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Andy Lomas in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Andy Lomas in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

That came with 10 minutes to go and Regent completed their victory with the game entering stoppage time.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Josh Hutchinson in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Josh Hutchinson in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It was a scrappy game that always looked like it would need something to spark it into life.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Andy Lomas in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Andy Lomas in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The first half had seen little in the way of goalmouth action with both sides cancelling each other out.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Mahrez Bettache in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Mahrez Bettache in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But the much-needed spark arrived almost immediately after the restart.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Sean Grace and Andy Lomas put pressure on Brighlingsea.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Sean Grace and Andy Lomas put pressure on Brighlingsea. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Sean Bonnett-Johnson in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Sean Bonnett-Johnson in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Hunt himself took the spot-kick and despite the best efforts of Laurencin, he found the back of the net.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Potters Bar Manager Scott Cousins.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Potters Bar Manager Scott Cousins. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The Scholars threw men forward in an attempt to get back level although this also offered space behind them for Brightlingsea to counter into.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Chris Doyle in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Chris Doyle in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

With attackers Keagan Cole and Dernell Wynter both introduced from the bench Potters Bar were still hopeful of snatching something from the game.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Mahrez Bettache in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Mahrez Bettache in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But any hopes they had vanished in a bizarre incident on 80 minutes.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Mahrez Bettache in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Mahrez Bettache in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

With the ball out of play behind the Bar goal, the Brightlingsea fans kept hold of it, trying to do some ‘keep-ups’.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Josh Hutchinson in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Josh Hutchinson in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And after jumping the fence, Laurencin’s attempts to retrieve the ball quickly brought his dismissal.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Lee O'Leary in action for Potters Bar Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Lee O'Leary in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Mahrez Bettache in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Mahrez Bettache in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The defeat was the Scholars’ fifth defeat in a row and their ninth in the last 11 games.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Joint manager Lee O'Leary gets his head to the ball.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Joint manager Lee O'Leary gets his head to the ball. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And after a promising start to the season, it leaves them 17th and seriously looking over their shoulders at the relegation places.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Andy Lomas in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Andy Lomas in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

They go to play-off chasing Bognor Regis Town on Saturday.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Josh Hutchinson in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Josh Hutchinson in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The club’s attempts to save themselves from automatic relegation have now broken the £2,000 mark but they still need more support.

Potters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Mahrez Bettache in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Brightlingsea Regent - Mahrez Bettache in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

To help with their attempts to build two new stands go to www.gofundme.com/save-potters-bar-town-from-relegation

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