Potters Bar Hockey Club’s men and women are both heading in the right direction with two fine wins

PUBLISHED: 12:00 16 November 2018

Potters Bar's Miles Tomkins. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Potters Bar's Miles Tomkins. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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Potters Bar ladies stormed to the top of the 5 Counties Women’s Hockey League Premier Division with a fine 5-2 win over Tring.

They have now racked up 18 points from their eight games and are ahead of Hertford on goal difference.

Their next game takes them away again as they go to Bedford.

The men too are moving the right way up the East League Division One table with a 4-1 success over Harleston Magpies.

They had started full of purpose against the side sitting directly above them in the table and took the lead from their first short corner of the game.

The first attempt saw Ed Whybrow’s effort hit a defender’s foot but at the second time of asking, the ball fell to Miles Tomkins at the top of the D and he sent it superbly into the bottom right-hand corner.

And the second arrived with just seven minutes on the clock.

Mark Turpin’s run along the baseline was pulled back for Tom Clarke to smash home.

Harleston were able to pull one back with a drag flick from their first real attack of the game and they had an opportunity for an equaliser shortly after but as they broke quickly their forward sportingly put the ball out with Hugh Kenney-Herbert down injured.

And it was another attack down the right that lead to Bar’s third goal.

And a neat training ground move saw Clarke help a Harvey Edwards ball on to Tomkins who added his second by wrong-footing the keeper.

The second period saw Bar continue to pile on the pressure despite the deluge of rain making underfoot conditions tricky to say the least.

With the clock running down Bar continued to capitalise on a fading Magpies team and they finally managed to notch a fourth goal.

More good work down the right saw Whybrow feed the ball to Tomkins in behind the Magpies’ defence and on the corner of the D.

And with the ‘keeper rushing out and the last defender trying to cover, Turpin’s run into the D drew the defence leaving the unmarked Edwards to slam home a reverse stick effort.

Bar are now up to fifth in the table and face a trip to Crostyx on Saturday before returning to Dame Alice Owens on November 24 for a game against Cambridge Uni.

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