It was the Jaffas wot won it: Turpin’s zesty double powers Potters Bar to the summit

PUBLISHED: 07:05 12 February 2018

Mark Turpin bagged a double for Potters Bar against Crostyx. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Mark Turpin bagged a double for Potters Bar against Crostyx. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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Whether it was his crucial supply of Jaffa Cakes is unknown but Potters Bar’s Mark Turpin was in great form – bagging both goals as they won 2-1 at home to league leaders Crostyx.

In doing so the Dame Alice Owens-based hockey club leapfrog their Essex visitors to the summit of the East League Division Two South.

The Bar skipper got his first on 14 minutes.

Graham Abrey had already been denied by a superb save as the hosts made a bright start but Turpins’s goal, dispossessing a defender in his own D before easily planting the ball past the keeper into the bottom left hand corner, came against the run of play.

Crostyx deservedly levelled seven minutes later.

A short corner saw a number of passes played inside the D and with Bar struggling to clear, a neat lofted finish from close range over keeper Ben Balmforth secured the equaliser.

The remainder of the first half was largely played inside the Bar half with the wind and rain behind the backs of the visitors.

However, another pattern of the match was developing with centre halves Josh Edge and Chris Chittleborough regularly on hand to make key interceptions and last-ditch tackles to keep Crostyx at bay.

With Crostyx continuing to dominate as the second half started it was crucial for Bar to keep their composure and also to take any chances that came their way.

The first half had included a green card against a Crostyx player and further cards were to follow despite the fact that in the conditions it was not a dirty game.

Crucially Crostyx were again down to 10 men when Turpin put Bar back in front.

Josh Edge won the ball in his own half, and with Crostyx players appealing for use of a foot, his pass forward found Ajay Patel who in turn freed Turpin on the left-hand side.

He still had plenty to do but scored a sublime goal as he first beat the last defender and then gave the keeper the eyes before firing home from a tight angle.

He almost made it three moments later but was just unable to control the ball at the crucial time.

More cards followed but Crostyx couldn’t find a way through the massive team effort where everyone played their part.

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