Gone in 60 seconds: Bar see Cambridge students complete successful raid at Dame Alice

PUBLISHED: 16:00 29 November 2018

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Miles Tomkins in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Miles Tomkins in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Home comforts proved anything but as Potters Bar Hockey Club fell to a 2-1 loss against Cambridge University.

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Miles Tomkins in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Miles Tomkins in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

It had been hoped that the familiar surroundings of Dame Alice Owens would snap Bar back to winning ways and when Miles Tomkins scored three minutes into the second half to give them the lead, things looked rosy.

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Mark Turpin in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Mark Turpin in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But two goals inside 60 seconds just three minutes later brought those hopes crashing to the floor and even with keeper Ben Balmforth pulled in favour of an extra outfield player for the final seven minutes, Potters Bar just couldn’t find a way through.

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni -


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Picture: Karyn Haddon

Having succumbed to a late goal against Crostyx the previous week, Bar wanted a good start but it was the visitors who dominated the opening 10 minutes.

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Mark Turpin in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Mark Turpin in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

They weren’t able to pierce the Potters defence though and it was against the run of play when Chris Chittleborough was mere inches away from connecting to a Hugh Kenney-Herbert pass to the far post.

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Mark Turpin in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Mark Turpin in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The hosts continued to rely on counter attacks while their defence were called on in a number of occasions to repel any light blue attacks.

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Ed Whybrow in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Ed Whybrow in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But while the first half was largely devoid of chances, the second half opened with a flurry and three goals in seven minutes.

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Jon Elms in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Jon Elms in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Good work from Ed Whybrow saw the ball played out to the left and Harvey Edwards and while everyone else was expecting a run down the left wing, Edwards had other ideas as he played the pass of the match to pick out an unmarked Tomkins just outside the D.

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Harvey Edwards in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Harvey Edwards in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

He then drew the keeper and fired the ball past him to put Bar in the lead.

Potters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Jon Elms in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Cambridge Uni - Jon Elms in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

But it all unravelled in double-quick time.

An excellent passing move brought Cambridge level and less than 60 seconds later a deflection off a Bar stick looped up and over the flailing Balmforth.

The keeper’s removal for the final stages saw Bar press more than they had for the rest of the game and it almost paid dividends.

A fierce strike from Tomkins was well saved by the keeper and in the final minute Jonathan Elms was just unable to get the vital touch from little more than a yard out after excellent work on the left by Mark Turpin.

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