Potters Bar pegged back after a great start as they slip to defeat in Wapping
PUBLISHED: 15:28 14 February 2019
A brave and battling performance wasn’t enough as Potters Bar fell to a close 2-1 defeat away to high-flying Wapping.
A draw against East League Division One table toppers Sudbury, prior to last Saturday’s white-out, had given Bar plenty of confidence.
They travelled to east London minus regular keeper Ben Balmforth which meant a first-team debut for Quentin Wedmore.
And after a slightly delayed start, the game got under way with Bar very much in the ascendancy, playing some good attacking hockey.
They enjoyed particular success down either flank on what was a cambered pitch, creating numerous opportunities from the tactic.
They thought they had taken the lead midway through the half after Harvey Edwards fizzed a disguised pass across the D that the Wapping defender slotted calmly into his own net with a cultured left boot.
However, despite one umpire giving the goal, the far umpire jumped in to judge that Edwards had been outside the D.
If Bar felt aggrieved, it didn’t last long as from the resulting short corner Graham Abrey played the ball beautifully to Ajay Patel who deflected in at the back post.
That was it for scoring in what was an even first half, with the remainder of time before the interval seeing chances for both teams but with neither able to convert.
The second half started in a slightly more cagey fashion, with Bar happy to continue with a half-court press and looking to beat Wapping on the counter.
However, as the game heated up, Bar started to give away too many fouls around their D for the umpires’ liking and, when Ray Li transgressed once too often, he went swiftly to his pocket to send Li to the sin bin.
To make matters worse the resulting short corner allowed Wapping to squeeze one past the hitherto unbeatable Wedmore.
Soon afterwards Simon Tenwick also found himself being asked to take a couple of minutes in the cooler and Wapping again made their man-advantage count as they converted a second short corner.
And despite piling on the pressure for the last 10 minutes, Potters Bar left with nothing to show for their efforts.