Latham fires treble as Bar hit five past Town
PUBLISHED: 14:17 23 January 2008 | UPDATED: 21:38 26 October 2009
POTTERS Bar extended their lead at the top of the table with a 5-1 triumph over Luton Town 3rds on Saturday. Andy Latham pitched in with a hat-trick for Bar, Chris Chittleborough grabbed his first for the team while Mark Turpin also scored. Potters Bar tr
POTTERS Bar extended their lead at the top of the table with a 5-1 triumph over Luton Town 3rds on Saturday.
Andy Latham pitched in with a hat-trick for Bar, Chris Chittleborough grabbed his first for the team while Mark Turpin also scored.
Potters Bar travelled to Luton Town on a wet afternoon for the first NE14HOCKEY East League Division Six South West match since the Christmas break.
They almost got off to a perfect start when Latham shot wide in the first few seconds.
He had another couple of chances as the first 10 minutes were dominated by the visitors.
However, it was when he ducked back to midfield to take a sideline hit that Bar broke though.
Latham's quickly taken hit found Ed Newbery in acres of space with Latham's markers drawn out of position.
Newbery drew the keeper and slid the ball to Chittleborough, who knocked the ball in.
After this great start for the visitors, the Beds side found their feet.
They showed skill in midfield but rarely threatened in the final third.
Time after time they jinxed past a couple of players but tried to do too much.
Bar's midfield was able to get back and surround them.
The greatest danger came from short corners, which one or two Luton players were adept at winning.
However, despite the quick injection, Bar's defence was out quickly and captain Paul Brady blocked a number of initial shots at the top of the D.
In the second half, Potters Bar had the same incredible start as in the first half, only this time they scored from it.
Straight from the push-back Brady passed to Owen Hughes, who slipped the ball to Turpin.
Despite an infringement by the defender, when many players around him stopped expecting the umpire's whistle, Turpin didn't as advantage was played.
His pass found Latham, who shot home inside the near post.
Bar then enjoyed their best spell as Luton Town attempted to get back into the game.
Newbery's aerial ball was going out of play until the Luton goalkeeper kicked it back upfield.
Bar obtained the ball and with numbers over, worked a simple tap-in for Latham.
Luton then exerted some pressure and forced keeper Jonny Weller into a couple of fine saves.
The hosts did get the goal they were after, coming from a hit just outside the top of the D.
Three players were left together with inadequate marking and they played through the heart of the D and pushed the ball home.
With the score at 3-1, Bar didn't let up.
Turpin got a goal himself as his usual persistent performance eventually paid off.
He shot, running away from goal, across the keeper into the far corner.
Latham completed his hat-trick with a nutmeg through the keeper's legs.
There was still time for Newbery to miss out from a good chance as he flicked the ball just past the top corner.