Much-needed win for Potters Bar as Norwich City are defeated

PUBLISHED: 17:23 23 January 2019

Ed Whybrow scored for Potters Bar against Norwich City. Picture: DANNY LOO

Ed Whybrow scored for Potters Bar against Norwich City. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Potters Bar Hockey Club's men earned a much-needed win as they defeated Norwich City 2-0 at home in East League Division One.

Potters Bar draw level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar draw level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Goals from Hugh Kenney-Herbert and Ed Whybrow ensured the victory that eases their relegation worries slightly.

Lizzie Owen scores from a short corner to put WGC one up in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLizzie Owen scores from a short corner to put WGC one up in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

They sit ninth in the table and only two points ahead of second-bottom Harleston Magpies but they are among a pack of six teams separated by just five points.

Lizzie Owen on the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLizzie Owen on the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

A series of penalty corners kept striking Bar feet to relieve any pressure but the hosts did get the ball in the net twice.

WGC ladies prepare for a short corner in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOWGC ladies prepare for a short corner in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

However, Mark Turpin’s effort went in off a foot while debutant Matt Plater’s effort from short range was ruled out for obstruction.

Lizzie Owen scores from a short corner to put WGC one up in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLizzie Owen scores from a short corner to put WGC one up in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

And Norwich almost took the lead prior to the break themselves with a flurry of chances but they found Ben Balmforth in inspired form.

(L-R) Heather Veal and Masie Taylor in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO(L-R) Heather Veal and Masie Taylor in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

But Potters Bar were the ones to get the breakthrough shortly after the restart.

Charlie Honour plays the ball away while being closed down by a Potters Bar player in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOCharlie Honour plays the ball away while being closed down by a Potters Bar player in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Another short corner opportunity saw the ball take a myriad of deflections before falling to the feet of Kenney-Herbert who gleefully fired home his first goal in Bar colours.

Alisa Hassan makes a tackle in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOAlisa Hassan makes a tackle in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Less than ten minutes later it was two.

Alisa Hassan closes down Hannah Darcy in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOAlisa Hassan closes down Hannah Darcy in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Skilful link-up play down the right between Jon Elms and Miles Tomkins saw the ball make its way to Whybrow who promptly smashed it into the net.

Lucie Bourne takes on Jane Kinghorn in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLucie Bourne takes on Jane Kinghorn in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Towards the end of the match Norwich turned the screw and began pressuring Bar more effectively.

Amy Kee and Trinny McCann battle for the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOAmy Kee and Trinny McCann battle for the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

However their numerous short-corner attempts were thwarted by Balmforth and his defensive line as the home side claimed the win.

Potters Bar draw level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar draw level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

It turned out to be a good day for the majority of the club as well with four other victories.

Potters Bar celebrate drawing level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar celebrate drawing level in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

The only loss was the ladies’ firsts who lost away to neighbours WGC.

Lucie Bourne takes on Jane Kinghorn in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLucie Bourne takes on Jane Kinghorn in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

WGC ladies earned a 2-1 win over Potters Bar. Picture: DANNY LOOWGC ladies earned a 2-1 win over Potters Bar. Picture: DANNY LOO

Masie Taylor goes down in a challenge with Erica Stovold in the lead up to Potters Bar's equaliser in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOMasie Taylor goes down in a challenge with Erica Stovold in the lead up to Potters Bar's equaliser in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Cassie Evans tries to get a shot away in the D in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOCassie Evans tries to get a shot away in the D in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Trinny McCann shields the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOTrinny McCann shields the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Charlie Honour and Masie Taylor compete in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOCharlie Honour and Masie Taylor compete in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Potters Bar's Zara Guppy and WGC's Tash Pell in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar's Zara Guppy and WGC's Tash Pell in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

Liz Maidment and Shannon Tella both try to win the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOOLiz Maidment and Shannon Tella both try to win the ball in the game between WGC ladies 1's v Potters Bar 1's. Picture: DANNY LOO

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