Second Calor League defeat in a week for Scholars

PUBLISHED: 17:26 15 October 2013 | UPDATED: 17:26 15 October 2013

Potters Bar Town fell to a second defeat in a week, their third in the Division One Central on the trot, as they were beaten 2-1 away at St Ives Town.

Sean Grace gave the Scholars the lead after just 55 seconds turning in a Ben Bowditch free-kick from the edge of the area for his second goal of the season.

Brad Wadkins almost doubled the lead five minutes later, but his shot from distance curled just over.

The hosts then laid siege to the Bar goal. The visitors failed to clear a corner and Avelino Vieria hit the bar with Karl Gibbs netting from the rebound only to be ruled offside.

The equaliser came in the 11th minute as Gibbs set up David Cobb whose driven shot left Tommy Glanville with no chance.

Cobb almost returned the favour for Gibbs two minutes later but found Glanville equal to the task.

The onslaught continued as a Cobb free-kick found Gibbs, but his header came back off the bar. Gibbs should have scored moments later from a Cobb corner but nodded over.

The pressure told in the 21st minute as the Bar defence struggled to clear as Jared Cunnif wriggled free in the area to put St Ives ahead.

For Bar Wes Beckles headed over and Matt Clifford found himself in a shooting position on a couple of occasions but failed to produce an equaliser.

Tobi Akinjirrin had the best opportunity for the Scholars, getting free in the penalty area only to direct his shot straight at the keeper.

The second half continued with Bar on the attack but not creating clear cut chances.

Fourteen minutes into the half the first of two penalty shouts for The Scholars saw Akinjirrin brought down in the penalty box as he was free and about to shoot. The referee did not miss it but waved play-on.

With time running out Bar pushed for an equaliser and Clifford got into the box, but did not test the keeper. Substitute Dan Ailey and Tom Laxton combined well on the break with the final effort not on target.

In injury time Laxton appeared to be kicked in the head by a defender as he went for the ball following a move involving Ailey and Chris Doyle, however the referee denied the penalty claims and with it any hopes of a Bar point.

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