Leaders Bar are cornered by West Herts
PUBLISHED: 17:28 14 February 2008 | UPDATED: 22:08 26 October 2009
NE14HOCKEY East Men s League 6SW West Herts 4th XI 4 Potters Bar 2 LEAGUE leaders Potters Bar lost a thrilling six-pointer away to second-placed West Herts 4ths. Bar were beaten on Saturday as their hosts scored four short corners from four attempts. At
NE14HOCKEY East Men's League 6SW
West Herts 4th XI 4 Potters Bar 2
LEAGUE leaders Potters Bar lost a thrilling six-pointer away to second-placed West Herts 4ths.
Bar were beaten on Saturday as their hosts scored four short corners from four attempts.
At the start of the day, Potters Bar had only lost once in the league this season and had comfortably beaten West Herts 4-0 back in October.
However, on the Watford side's home pitch and with West Herts having more players available than previously, this was going to be a tough test.
The home side came out strongly in the first five minutes.
Comfortable in possession and with incisive passing, they had no trouble splitting Bar's defence wide open.
After a period of domination by the hosts, Potters Bar found their feet and attacked well down the right wing.
However, West Herts then took the lead against the run of play.
A good move from West Herts with effective one-touch passing led to a short corner.
From this the home team passed to an open man on the right who slotted home.
Bar came back well against the now confident West Herts side.
A cross from the right trickled along the line and was missed by the normally reliable Andy Latham.
As other Bar players descended on the goalmouth, the ball hit a defender's foot and Bar were awarded a short corner.
The ball was not initially controlled but it ended up between Latham and Ensor as it pinballed around the D. Ensor called loudly and shot home.
West Herts came back into the match and further short corners gave them two more goals for a 3-1 half-time lead.
After sterling words during the interval, Bar closed down West Herts much better in the second half and they were unable to find their previous passing game.
In the first 10 minutes, Bar got a goal back when Mark Turpin found himself one-on-one with the keeper.
He coolly waited for the stopper to commit himself before slotting the ball under him.
With the wind in their sails, Potters Bar pressed for the equaliser, winning numerous short corners along the way but failing to convert any.
With time running out, the ball fell to Andy Stokes at the top of the D.
Having stepped off the plane from South Africa a few hours earlier, he showed no signs of jet lag as he fired in a spectacular reverse stick shot towards the top corner.
However, the goalkeeper, whether by luck or judgement, managed to get a hand to the ball and pushed it against the join of the bar and the left-hand post.
As Bar attacked for the equaliser, West Herts broke downfield.
They won a short corner and scored from it to complete a perfect set of short corners with four out of four scored.