Third 1-1 draw in seven days for Potters Bar Town
PUBLISHED: 08:36 19 March 2014 | UPDATED: 08:36 19 March 2014
A third 1-1 draw in a week left Potters Bar Town frustrated on Saturday having been ahead in all three.
As with the games against Hayes and Northwood, Jack Friend’s team took the lead only to be pegged back and fail to secure the full points.
Played in bright sunshine the game lacked sparkle.
Both sides knocked the ball around and looked industrious, but neither could get real control of the game.
The first 10 minutes saw the visitors win a series of corners and free- kicks, but they failed to take advantage to put home keeper Mike Underwood under pressure.
The Scholars looked dangerous going forward with Evandro Delgado and Tobi Akin giving the Ashford back four plenty to think about.
On 10 minutes James Ewington, out on the left, hit a fierce shot-come- cross only to see the Ashford keeper push it over the bar for a corner.
Approaching the 20th minute Tom Brunton for the visitors brought the first save of the day from Underwood.
Moments later Rhys Price was allowed to turn in the box, but did not trouble the home keeper.
Thirty minutes in the ball was worked out to the right of the Ashford defence.
Akin collected it and pushed it out to the hard running Delgado. He beat his marker for pace and hit a powerful shot past the Ashford keeper to give the Scholars the lead.
The second half saw Matt Clifford replaced by Dwayne Duncan.
Seconds later the home side could have doubled the lead as player-manager Friend hit a free-kick from deep in his own half to Josh Hutchinson who headed on to Cole Penny only to see a well struck shot inch past the Ashford left hand post.
In the 69th minute Ashford fired a corner into the Scholars penalty area which was headed out well over 20 yards only to find Ashford’s Jones who volleyed a superb left foot shot past Underwood to level the scores.
Both sides had chances to snatch all three points.
First Hutchinson, set up by a Ewington cross, failed to test the visiting keeper with his header.
But with five minutes left Underwood underlined his man of the match performance saving at the feet of Ashford’s Conor Moody.