Destiny remains in Scholars’ hands after important win over Bishop’s Stortford
PUBLISHED: 13:31 04 March 2019 | UPDATED: 13:31 04 March 2019
Potters Bar Town kept their Bostik Premier Division fate firmly in their own hands after a battling and much-needed 2-1 win away to Bishop’s Stortford.
Goals from Sean Grace and Josh Hutchinson in either half did the damage as the Scholars moved back up the table to 16th, seven points clear of the relegation zone.
The hosts were always a threat but despite having chances after Hutchinson’s strike, once they were behind they never looked like getting back into the game.
Bar got off to the perfect start and were ahead on 10 minutes, Sean Grace heading home off the underside of the crossbar from a Sean Bonnett-Johnson corner on the left.
That led to a spell where the visitors threatened a second.
Lee O’Leary had a shot parried away by Arthur Janata and Ben Ward-Cochrane was being a menace down the wing but suddenly the pendulum swung back towards the Blues.
Johnville Renee was the architect out on the right and his cross was driven low from the edge of the box past Niko Tzanev by Ben Worman.
The Scholars’ keeper needed to pull off a save to deny Stortford’s player-manager Jamie Cureton as the half ended level.
But seven minutes after the restart Town were back in front after an electrifying midfield break.
That was led by Bonnett-Johnson and he grabbed his second assist after slipping in Hutchinson who took his time before finishing coolly.
The goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of the Blues but Tzanev had to be alert just before the hour mark to come out to the edge of his box to get the ball away from Ryan Charles after a promising move.
The nearest Stortford came to notching another equaliser was in the 69th minute as Cureton cleverly put Worman through on goal but the Cambridge United loanee saw his shot go narrowly past the keeper’s left-hand upright.
Luke Callander headed across the six-yard box soon afterwards but Tzanev remain relatively untroubled and Bar had their chances too with Keegan Cole going close at the other end.
There were to be no more goals though and with the games in hand for the sides below Potters slowly being used up, the win will boost the confidence ahead of the final nine games of the season.
The first of those games comes on Saturday when Carshalton Athletic are the visitors to the Pakex Stadium.