Scholars just win battle of the Towns

PUBLISHED: 17:26 05 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:37 26 October 2009

Ryman League Division One North Witham Town 2 Potters Bar Town 3 MARK HEMMINGS reports THREE first-half strikes were enough for Potters Bar Town to beat Witham Town 3-2 on Saturday despite a second-half salvage attempt from the Essex side. Bar led 3-0

Ryman League Division One North

Witham Town 2 Potters Bar Town 3

MARK HEMMINGS reports

THREE first-half strikes were enough for Potters Bar Town to beat Witham Town 3-2 on Saturday despite a second-half salvage attempt from the Essex side.

Bar led 3-0 at the break after a storming performance that looked to have put the game beyond the reach of their hosts.

However, Witham regrouped during the interval and a spirited comeback pulled the score back to 3-2 but the side from Parkfield hung on for their first win in four games.

Chances had already fallen to Nathan Smith, who dragged an effort wide, and Darryl Wilson, who slipped as he was about to pull the trigger, before Bar took the lead.

The home side failed to clear their lines on 13 minutes and paid the price.

Wide on the left, full-back Smith crossed into the penalty area. He found midfielder Nick McKay, who was given time to control and flick the ball round keeper Stuart Crumpen into the right corner.

Wilson was again in the thick of the action when he surged down his right flank and beat his marker.

He chose not to shoot but square the ball to the onrushing Junior Dadson. His low right-footed drive from 18 yards was well saved by the legs of Crumpen.

As the Bar onslaught continued, Sam Adejokun chased a through ball. The striker got to it before home skipper Chris Tucker inside the box.

Tucker appeared to haul Adejokun's shirt and pull him down, but the referee ignored the penalty shouts.

Smith was involved once more as Bar doubled their advantage. The pacy left-footer ran with the ball unchallenged from his side of the pitch to the right.

A deep cross found Wilson at the back post and he knocked it to Adejokun in front of goal. The striker tucked in his 11th of the season from close range.

Number three came just before the end of the half. Witham had a man injured in the Bar half but play continued around him.

A ball forward fell to a home defender who unsure whether to knock it out of play or pass back to his keeper did neither.

Dadson chased him down, nicked the ball and drove it fiercely high into the top left-hand corner.

Half chances for Cody McDonald and Rob King were all the hosts had to show at the break after their poor display.

However, after the interval they made a real game of it. McDonald scored the goal of the game on the hour mark.

With Bar's Smith still out of position after another foray forward, Witham's Simon King found himself with time and space on the right wing.

He found the unmarked McDonald with a ball from wide and the striker smashed a right-footed first-time volley beyond keeper Ashlee Jones.

Essex boys Witham took the game to Bar and Jones had to pull off a save low to his right to halt McDonald from driving in a second.

The same player then had another golden chance. Through one-on-one with the keeper, he lifted the ball high over Jones but also over the target.

Witham eventually did get the ball in the back of the net. However, Phil Goodwin's header from a McDonald free-kick was given as offside.

Soon after they had the ball in the net again and this time it counted.

With less than 10 minutes left on the clock, a Joe Smith cross into the box from the left managed to somehow reach the back of the net via Nathan Smith's head, the post and keeper Jones.

Despite further pressure from the home side, the Scholars held on to record their seventh league win of the season.

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