Scholars cut down by Forest
PUBLISHED: 17:50 26 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:41 26 October 2009
Ryman League Division One North Waltham Forest 2 Potters Bar Town 0 POTTERS Bar Town stumbled to a third successive defeat against an energetic and rejuvenated Waltham Forest side on Saturday. The East Londoners took their revenge for a 3-0 defeat back i
Ryman League Division One North
Waltham Forest 2 Potters Bar Town 0
POTTERS Bar Town stumbled to a third successive defeat against an energetic and rejuvenated Waltham Forest side on Saturday.
The East Londoners took their revenge for a 3-0 defeat back in November with a 2-0 win of their own.
Bar are now in danger of being sucked into the relegation dog-fight as long-time strugglers Wivenhoe have invested and now won three on the trot.
The game began with Potters Bar on the offensive with Nick McKay providing neat link up play as the Scholars' passing game threatened a difficult afternoon for the newly-assembled Forest defence.
As early as the fourth minute, a Junior Dadson corner caused a fumble by Stags keeper Gagliardi but Potters Bar failed to take advantage.
Darryl Wilson won a corner just two minutes later but Billy Crowther's header was cleared by the Forest defence.
Time and again good approach play by Potters Bar came to nothing as a poor final ball failed to produce any threat on the Forest goal.
Their best chance of the first half came on 18 minutes when a Dadson shot was blocked by the keeper.
Wilson got to the rebound after a scramble but he was just unable to get in a telling shot.
In the meantime, Forest were creating problems for the Potters Bar defence with the pace of lively winger Rashid Kamara and Obinna Ronaldson proving a handful.
The Scholars continued to enjoy the lion's share of possession and a Wilson run set up captain George Sifonios, only to see his shot go over the top.
Wilson himself was played in as new signing Kenny Kennedy got free in the box, but his shot was once again blocked without troubling Gagliardi.
With half-time approaching, 0-0 looked like a fair reflection of a game played largely in midfield with neither goalkeeper really tested.
But it was not to be as a poor corner by Obinna Ronaldson somehow managed to evade everyone, including Bar keeper Ashlee Jones, to slip in at the near post and send the Stags in 1-0 up.
Within four minutes of the restart the game was effectively over when Nathan Smith pulled down Joel Ettienne-Clark from behind and a penalty was awarded.
Jones dived the right way but was unable to stop the drive by Tamba Ngongu.
The rest of the game saw Potters Bar continue to press forward looking to salvage something from the match.
A combination of poor passing, bad luck and determined defending by Tom Howell and Philip Barrow saw the Stags goal remain largely untested.
Dadson had a free-kick from 25 yards easily saved, whilst a Nathan Smith shot just a minute later proved equally simple for the home keeper.
A succession of free-kicks around the penalty area provided the biggest threat to the Waltham Forest goal.
The visitors still failed to produce the necessary goals to get the Scholars back into the match.
Substitute Dane Springer found the head of Kennedy from a left-wing free-kick but the new striker's effort was blocked and turned away for a corner.
A clever Sean Bonnett-Johnson free-kick to the near post almost gave Potters Bar hope, but the ball just evaded the lunging Precious Koko.