Scrappy old do but Bar edge closer to safety with victory
PUBLISHED: 12:48 25 February 2019
Potters Bar took a major step towards safety in East League Division One with a 7-3 home win against Wisbech Town.
It moves them five points clear of Saturday’s visitors, who sit third from bottom, and a further three from Harleston Magpies, who they play next week, the first of their four remaining fixtures.
But while the result was a perfect indicator of the entertainment value at Dame Alice Owen’s, it doesn’t reflect the closeness of the contest with Wisbech giving as good as they got for long periods.
Bar were forced into a number of changes from the side that had won impressively at Upminster the week before but they were able to name the returning Chris Chittleborough and Jonathan Elms, while the McCormick brothers, George and James, were drafted in for their first games at this level this season.
And they were out of the traps quickly with a goal on four minutes, Ed Seaman wrong-footing the keeper after a speculative cross from Mark Turpin.
But the lead didn’t last too long as a cross-shot buried itself into the corner of Ben Balmforth’s goal and Wisbech almost took the lead just moments later with the keeper needing to make a brilliant diving save.
And Bar were able to get their noses in front right on the stroke of half-time as a mishit effort from Miles Tomkins somehow evaded everyone on its route to goal.
The opening seven minutes of the second period were a rehash of the first, with Bar going 3-1 up four minutes in, Mark Turpin the scorer after going round the keeper, and Wisbech pulling one back from a short corner three minutes later.
The game remained open with each team getting forward at will and they continued going goal for goal.
A penalty flick that Graham Abrey put away with ease made it 4-2, only for Wisbech to score a minute later, but once the hosts restored their two-goal lead on 58 minutes, Elms calmly flicking the ball into the roof of the net after a good save from the keeper.
Two late goals from Harvey Edwards produced a final score that was very unfair on Wisbech but Bar weren’t complaining at what was another vital win.
And they know a positive result at Harleston will probably be all that is required to secure another season at this level.