Potters Bar beat Vagrants
PUBLISHED: 09:41 27 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:50 26 October 2009
NE14 Hockey East League Division 6SW Luton Vagrants 1 Potters Bar 3 THREE first-half goals guided Potters Bar to a 3-1 victory away to Luton Vagrants on Saturday. Potters Bar built some early pressure and were soon ahead from a short corner. Mark Turpin
NE14 Hockey East League Division 6SW
Luton Vagrants 1 Potters Bar 3
THREE first-half goals guided Potters Bar to a 3-1 victory away to Luton Vagrants on Saturday.
Potters Bar built some early pressure and were soon ahead from a short corner.
Mark Turpin won the short corner, but felt aggrieved that it was given, after he had been through one-on-one with the keeper and advantage was not played.
From the short corner, Ed Newbery's cross was diverted in at the far post by Andy Stokes.
With their tails up, Bar began to pay well and use the wings to good effect.
Stokes was on the ball spraying his passes across the pitch, initiating attacks up the open right flank.
With their well-practised short corners coming to fruition and players playing well all over the park, Bar were in the ascendancy.
However, one move from Luton changed that. With Bar attacking, a counter from Luton found their centre forward unmarked and one-on-one with the keeper.
He bore down on Bar keeper Dave Smith and everyone was expecting an equaliser.
However, as he took the ball round Smith, he took it too wide and Jon Yates, doing well to get back, threw in a timely tackle to push the ball out of danger.
This gave Luton confidence and they raised their game, pushing Bar back for a long period.
When they did break the pressure, Bar soon got their second goal through the reliable source of Andy Latham.
This was not one of his stock hard-hitting goals, instead a delicate deflection from a Chris Chittleborough cross.
Bar got their third goal before half-time. Rob Donoghue won the ball under pressure from two Luton players.
He passed to Turpin, who beat a player, had a one-two with Latham and then slotted under the keeper for a fine goal.
In the second half, Luton moved their centre back into midfield and, as in the earlier game between these two sides, this paid dividends.
On one of a number of quick breaks, Luton caused problems with many of Bar's players caught upfield.
The former centre back blindly shot as he received a ball in the D.
The effort went past keeper Smith for a goal to make the score 3-1.
Bar did well to then slow the game down and not let Luton mount a comeback.
Chittleborough played particularly well and kept the ball in the corners to frustrate the Luton team.
Bar hit the post and had two goals disallowed as they more than held on for the win.