Scrappy old do but Bar edge closer to safety with victory

PUBLISHED: 12:48 25 February 2019

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Ed Seaman scores for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Ed Seaman scores for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Potters Bar took a major step towards safety in East League Division One with a 7-3 home win against Wisbech Town.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Paul Lawrence in action for Wisbech Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - Paul Lawrence in action for Wisbech Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Paul Lawrence in action for Wisbech Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - Paul Lawrence in action for Wisbech Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Mark Turpin for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - Mark Turpin for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Simon Tenwick in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - Simon Tenwick in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Graham Abrey in action for Potters Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - Graham Abrey in action for Potters Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Harvey Edwards for Potters Bar battles against Jason Mallett for Wisbech Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - Harvey Edwards for Potters Bar battles against Jason Mallett for Wisbech Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Ed Seaman in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - Ed Seaman in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Harvey Edwards for Potters Bar battles against Jason Mallett for Wisbech Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - Harvey Edwards for Potters Bar battles against Jason Mallett for Wisbech Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The game remained open with each team getting forward at will and they continued going goal for goal.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Ed Seaman scores for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - Ed Seaman scores for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - Harvey Edwards for Potters Bar battles against Jason Mallett for Wisbech Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - Harvey Edwards for Potters Bar battles against Jason Mallett for Wisbech Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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.

Potters Bar V Wisbech Town - George McCormick in action for Potters Bar.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar V Wisbech Town - George McCormick in action for Potters Bar. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And they know a positive result at Harleston will probably be all that is required to secure another season at this level.

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