Quick return to winning ways for Potters Bar ladies
PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 November 2017
Potters Bar Hockey Club's ladies picked up a well-deserved 3-1 win over Berkhamsted Hemel to move third in the 5 Counties Women's Hockey League Premier Division.
It was the perfect response to last week’s loss to Tring.
Bar soon settled into the game and it was from one of their first attacks that they took the lead.
A short corner was slipped from the top of the D by Jo Martindale to Caroline Pickersgill and she hit it into the corner of the goal.
The second came shortly after. Lucy Edwards made a great run with the ball from the left which put her one-on-one with the keeper and she got the upper hand.
The hosts had to come back in the second half but by the time they did it was already 3-0.
This attack came from the right side of the pitch with the ball finding Martindale at the top of the D.
Her reverse-hand shot was helped over the line by Katy Francis.
Potters Bar men’s 1st team were held to a 3-3 draw at Berkhamsted and seeing a two-goal lead disappear.
They will rue that but considering they travelled minus a number of first-team regulars, this could turn out to be a good point come the end of the season.
They were by far the more dominant side in the first half despite conceding the opening goal.
Some lovely close passing between Tom Clarke, Graham Abrey and Dave Flynn had the opposition running in circles at times in midfield and it was the latter that got the equaliser from a short corner.
Another corner resulted in another goal soon after, Clarke tapping in at the back post.
Abrey made it 3-1 after the break from another short corner and they had chances in open play but without luck.
But two goals in the final five minutes, again from short corners, saw Berkhamsted grab a draw.
Having dropped their first points of the season to Broxbourne last week, Potters Bar 2nds bounced back up the table with a 3-2 win over Rickmansworth.
Goals from Ajay Patel, Nick Umney and James Allmand-Smith kept Bar unbeaten.
They got the perfect start, taking the lead on three minutes when Patel diverted in Allmand-Smith’s strike.
But they couldn’t build on the lead despite territory and possession and the visitors were level on the stroke of half-time.
Bar made another fast start after the break and were back in front with a reverse stick shot from Umney finding the net amid a flurry of chances.
The lead lasted just six minutes but the hosts finally sealed the game with time running out and frustration growing, Allmand-Smith’s excellent strike finding the bottom corner after fine work from Rich Laverick-Brown.
Sam Penn almost regained the two-goal lead late on but they hung on to stay on the heels of leaders Royston.