Magnificent seven for champions Bar

PUBLISHED: 18:20 01 April 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 26 October 2009

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

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NE14HOCKEY East League Division 6SW Welwyn Garden City 3rd XI 1 Potters Bar 7 POTTERS Bar crushed WGC s third team 7-1 on Saturday as they showed just why they are league champions. Six goals in a blistering first-half display sealed the championship for

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NE14HOCKEY East League Division 6SW

Welwyn Garden City 3rd XI 1 Potters Bar 7

POTTERS Bar crushed WGC's third team 7-1 on Saturday as they showed just why they are league champions.

Six goals in a blistering first-half display sealed the championship for Bar.

The fixture between Potters Bar and local rivals Welwyn Garden City has produced a series of close, hard-fought matches in recent years.

The NE14Hockey East Leagues fixture last Saturday started in the same way.

After a much-interrupted opening period of play, Potters Bar started using the wide areas to good effect.

In the 10th minute a run by Ensor up the right wing resulted in a pinpoint cross to Mark Turpin.

He turned from five yards out and scored to make it 1-0.

After the initial goal, the home side immediately started pushing up the pitch, leaving spaces in their defence.

Within two minutes, Bar worked another dangerous break forward, again down the right wing.

This time it was Tony Sayers who shot into the top of the Welwyn net to make it 2-0.

The Welwyn defence soon became dispirited and Bar exploited the gaps, making it 4-0 rapidly through further goals from Turpin and Sayers after good interplay from Chris Chittleborough and Andy Latham.

With 10 minutes to go to the break the Bar defence got in on the act.

Right back Rob Donoghue played a series of neat one-twos down the right wing with Ensor and got into space in the WGC D.

His accurate shot into the bottom corner gave him his first goal for the club in his third season as a Potters Bar player.

Potters Bar's sixth goal came from a well-worked short corner which gave Ed Newbery a free shot on goal.

The training ground routine came off perfectly and Newbery's shot found the backboards for his 16th goal of the season.

Welwyn woke up at this point and they made some decent attacks on the Potters Bar goal.

With regular goalkeeper Jonny Weller out with a hamstring injury, Potters Bar were forced to use their speedy left-winger Andy Stokes between the sticks.

Stokes acquitted himself well on a number of occasions in the first half.

But, after his team-mates had shouted to him to allow a long-range Welwyn shot from outside the D - which therefore cannot count as a goal - to go out of play, it unfortunately hit the post and bounced back onto the pitch.

Stokes was left in no-man's-land and the advancing Welwyn striker slotted home an easy goal.

WGC were awarded a short corner on the stroke of half-time and Stokes and defender Jon Yates acrobatically kept the shot out.

The second half continued in a similar competitive spirit to the first, but with Bar already so far ahead, the urgency had gone for both sides.

Turpin scored the only goal of the half, one of many chances for the Bar forwards.

The other notable event was that Chris Edwards took to the field for 10 minutes to bolster his claim for a league winner's medal.

Next Saturday sees the last matches of the season for Potters Bar, sponsored by Brad-Chem.

Now confirmed East League Division 6SW champions, Potters Bar's 1st XI face Vauxhall, while the hockey club's 2nd XI have a title-deciding fixture against Harpenden to determine which of those two sides will win the East Division 9SW title.

Both games take place at Dame Alice Owen's School on Saturday afternoon.


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