Sweet taste of success at last for Potters Bar Town
PUBLISHED: 09:21 14 September 2011
POTTERS Bar Town recorded their first Ryman League Division One North victory of the season on Saturday with a 3-1 triumph over Ilford.
It was also a first ever win, certainly in the Ryman League, against Ilford who had become a bit of a bogey side for The Scholars over the last few seasons despite always finishing below Bar in the table.
Adam Lee made changes to the side which was knocked out of the FA Cup by derby rivals Broxbourne Borough the previous weekend.
New signings Rak Hudson, from Hendon, plus the returning Dan Odamo started, while another player to re-join the club was Lewis Payne who was named on the bench.
Fabion Simms started at centre-back alongside Odamo with Hudson in midfield with Cole Penney.
Mark O’Toole returned at left-back with Matt Clifford on the bench.
Dan Pett started at right back making his league debut.
Ilford started poorly and Potters Bar were soon in front as Tom Pett, brother of Dan, converted a penalty following a handball by an Ilford defender.
It remained that score at half-time with Town the better side but they did not test the visiting keeper enough.
The second half saw a tactical master stroke from Bar boss Adam Lee.
He brought on Matt Clifford for Joe Bennett.
With just his second touch, Clifford doubled the advatange.
But Bar fell asleep at the back and from a corner Ilford’s big man up front Aji Olatunbosun pulled a goal back.
However, The Scholars were not to be denied and they restored their two-goal cushion with seven minutes left.
Pett made it safe, Odamo knocked a ball back to him at a set piece and the forward buried his effort into the back of the Ilford net.
Odamo was named man of the match, which considering he has had no pre-season is amazing.
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