Scholars crash out of cup

PUBLISHED: 11:09 25 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 26 October 2009

Herts Senior Cup Quarter-final Potters Bar Town 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 2 POTTERS Bar Town were knocked out of the Herts Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday night. County counterparts Hemel Hempstead Town visited Parkfield for the tie and wen

Herts Senior Cup Quarter-final

Potters Bar Town 1 Hemel Hempstead Town 2

POTTERS Bar Town were knocked out of the Herts Senior Cup at the quarter-final stage on Tuesday night.

County counterparts Hemel Hempstead Town visited Parkfield for the tie and went away with a 2-1 win.

Despite a creditable performance against a Tudors team lying fifth in a higher league, the Scholars once again gave away a lead to lose.

The defeat ended any chance of cup silverware at Parkfield this season.

Bar almost got off to a perfect start but Dane Springer had a shot saved by visiting keeper Ian Brown.

Springer did put his team in front in the ninth minute. A ball broke loose in the penalty area for the former Charlton trainee to strike into the net.

Just five minutes later the lead was almost doubled as Sam Adejokun freed Springer again, but his run was closed down by a Hemel defender.

On 20 minutes, with what seemed to be Hemel's first serious attack of the match, a defensive error saw Drew Roberts through on goal.

His shot beat the helpless Danny Burnett in the Bar goal for the equaliser.

Potters Bar continued to look the more effective side, with Adejokun and Springer combining well in attack to cause problems for the Tudors defence.

Springer turned in the box with 34 minutes gone, only to see his shot go wide.

Moments later Springer almost restored the lead following a run from his own half by Adejokun.

Within a minute, Southern Premier Division side Hemel broke away down the right.

Burgess' subsequent cross found Roberts, who finished sharply to send Hemel in at half-time with an undeserved lead.

The second period continued with Steve Browne's Scholars doing most of the attacking but with no luck in front of goal.

Potters Bar created what openings there were in a half with few chances.

As early as the second minute a Billy Crowther shot was deflected wide for a corner.

Adejokun continued to pose a threat and Hemel stopper Jones needed to be alert to save at the feet of Potters Bar's leading goalscorer.

Midway through the half Springer was again released by Adejokun and only a well-timed tackle by Chris Herron prevented a deserved Bar equaliser.

But it was not to be and in spite of having most of the possession for the remainder of the match, Hemel held firm at the back to go through to the last four.

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