Potters Bar hammer rivals

PUBLISHED: 17:16 05 February 2008 | UPDATED: 21:47 26 October 2009

Mark Turpin

Mark Turpin

POTTERS Bar s men remain top of the table after a huge league win against Southgate Adelaide 2nds on Saturday. Andy Latham and David Ensor both scored hat-tricks in Bar s 9-0 demolition of their league rivals. With a number of first team regulars away or

Andy Latham

POTTERS Bar's men remain top of the table after a huge league win against Southgate Adelaide 2nds on Saturday.

Andy Latham and David Ensor both scored hat-tricks in Bar's 9-0 demolition of their league rivals.

With a number of first team regulars away or injured, Potters Bar, sponsored by Brad-Chem, had a different line-out from usual.

David Smith and Chris Edwards both played their first matches for the team this season and acquitted themselves well in the NE14 Hockey Division 6SW fixture.

Dave Ensor

The game started with some good exchanges of passes by both teams.

A few Southgate breakaways gave the Bar defence a scare and something to worry about.

But 10 minutes into the game the Herts side got into their rhythm.

A free hit just outside the D was struck firmly into the goalmouth.

Ed Newbery

Ensor diverted the ball high into the Southgate net for Potters Bar's opener.

Shortly afterwards, another free hit was well-taken by Tony Sayers from a similar position.

This time, centre forward Latham diverted the ball into the bottom corner of the goal.

Two goals in quick succession forced Southgate to go on the offensive and they soon left a lot of space in their defence.

Bar exploited this well and they created a number of scoring opportunities, some of which they took.

Good runs down the wings from midfield were well-converted by Mark Turpin and Latham, taking Potters Bar into half-time 4-0 ahead.

Straight after the interval, a quick move straight from the push-back brought the ball to Turpin on the edge of the Southgate D.

His pass put Latham through on goal and he did not miss, completing his hat-trick.

Five minutes later, Latham repaid the complement.

This time he squared the ball from the byline to Turpin in front of goal and he converted to take the score to 6-0.

As the second half progressed, the Southgate defence became increasingly ragged.

Potters Bar were able to make good use of the open spaces that were being left, especially on the wings.

Man-of-the-match Ensor was particularly effective down the right side.

He was creating chances for others and netted two further goals of his own.

The pick of his goal treble came at the end of a long run from halfway into the Southgate half and a fine dribble around the defender.

With five minutes to go, Ed Newbery completed the 9-0 scoreline with a good finish at the end of a fluid move.

Potters Bar face a tough challenge this Saturday as they play league chasers West Herts away in a six-pointer.

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