Potters Bar Hockey Club men’s 1sts hit double figures in Letchworth lashing

PUBLISHED: 15:17 30 October 2015 | UPDATED: 15:17 30 October 2015

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Potters Bar Hockey Club’s men scored five goals either side of the break to lump Letchworth and move to the top of the table.

Skipper Mark Turpin and Miles Tomkins both hit braces with further strikes from Michael Levy, David Flynn, Graham Abrey, Ed Whybrow, James Brooking and Chris Filbey completed the rout.

Bar took the lead after just two minutes. Brooking had plenty of space in the midfield and he found Turpin totally unmarked in the D, where he made no mistake with the finish.

This goal settled everyone down and on 15 minutes, Bar delivered arguably the goal and move of the game.

Man-of-the-match Levy intercepted the ball deep inside his own half and rather than fire the ball away to safety, he played a short pass to Raymond Li, who quickly picked out Abrey in space in the middle of his own half.

Abrey’s quick pass forward found Turpin on the halfway line and he flicked the ball onto Miles Tomkins to bypass most of the Letchworth defence.

Tomkins ran past the last defender and drew the keeper before slipping the ball back to Turpin who had the easiest of tasks to tap the ball home from a yard out to make it 2-0.

Three more goals came before half- time. Levy got the goal his play had deserved, flicking in from close-range, while Flynn stroked Turpin’s cute pass beyond the Letchworth keeper and then a scrappy fifth got Abrey on the scoresheet.

It was more of the same after the interval as a neat short corner routine saw Ed Whybrow play a one- two with Abrey before clipping the ball in.

Number seven came as Whybrow’s shot bounced back off the post and Tomkins reacted first to nudge home

Credit to Letchworth who did find a consolation with the score at 7-0 but Bar powered on to find three more goals.

There was no chance however of a surprise comeback and Bar scored three more goals in the last 10 minutes.

Filbey set up Tomkins for Bar’s eighth and his second, Brooking capped a fine performance for a ninth and supplier Filbey turned scorer.

More of the same in a derby victory over WGC this Saturday would keep Bar at the top of the table.


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