Potters Bar take derby plaudits over Welwyn Garden City

PUBLISHED: 16:57 08 February 2011

WGC v Potters Bar men's hockey

WGC v Potters Bar men's hockey


LEAGUE leaders Potters Bar claimed the derby bragging rights with a 4-1 victory over a depleted Welwyn Garden City on Saturday.

WGC v Potters Bar men's hockey

WGC were missing four key players, and James Florence was without some of his essential goalkeeping equipment, so they needed a quick start.

But it was Potters Bar who started the quickest, a ball over the top of the defence caught WGC napping and centre forward Mark Turpin was taken out by Florence with less than a minute on the clock.

Florence was lucky to stay on the pitch, and made amends by pulling off a save from the resulting penalty corner effort from Ed Whybrow.

Florence had to pull off a few more saves as WGC struggled to get into the game and finally a mistake from Mark Bee let in the Potters Bar attack and they took a one goal lead through Miles Tomkins.

WGC then rallied briefly, Paul Kimber fired in a cross that captain Rob Sansom deflected just wide and David Searle saw a penalty corner saved.

They then equalised after Nathan James had won the ball and fed Mark Skilbeck.

He in turn picked out Kimber who took on a couple of defenders before firing into the bottom corner from the edge of the area.

A short corner from WGC could have led to another goal when a Sansom pass went begging as Evans and Skilbeck failed to connect.

Yet again a lob over the defence caught out WGC though and their forwards made the best of having an extra man as Whybrow rounded Florence and put the ball in to take a 2-1 lead.

The second half was also a tight affair, but Potters Bar were more clinical in front of goal.

Florence was again called upon to make some excellent saves, whilst Simon Walker and Bee were doing everything to keep the quick counter attacks at bay.

A short corner on 42 minutes saw Ed Whybrow denied by another good save by Florence, but just a minute later sheer weight of numbers in the D finally saw a two goal lead established.

Once again it was Turpin who raced away from the defence. His unselfish pass initially went unrewarded before Tomkins picked up the pieces on the far post.

Bar kept up the pressure and had a number of chances to extend the lead.

On 50 minutes it was Whybrow who stretched past the defence but despite Turpin racing up alongside, he decided to go it alone and put his effort wide of the post.

Ed was soon to once again be denied by the keeper from a short corner effort and Florence was to pull off his best save with 12 minutes remaining, denying Tomkins with a full length save.

Eventually however this pressure told – this time it was Chris Chittleborough who put in an excellent pass from the right hand side.

Initially the keeper was again to the rescue to deny Whybrow, but this time he was able to tap home the rebound to make it 4-1 with just 11 minutes remaining.

But WGC did not give up, they had a perfectly good goal from Kimber disallowed, Sansom went close but for the keeper being out fast to make the save, and Skilbeck was starting to run things in midfield.

However, WGC could not make the break through and Potters Bar held firm to maintain their lead at the top of the league table and WGC will now be starting to look over their shoulders in an attempt to stay in the division.

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