Astonishing game but 15-goal thriller at Cambridge City not one Potters Bar will want to remember
PUBLISHED: 16:30 06 December 2018
If goals are your thing then Potters Bar’s trip to Cambridge City had you covered – with the ball hitting the net an amazing 15 times.
However, the result was not what the Dame Alice Owens-based hockey club would have wanted as they lost 10-5.
They had headed north looking to get back to winning ways after two defeats in East League Division One.
And the spectators didn’t have too long to wait for the first of the goals bounty with Ed Whybrow deflecting home from a Graham Abrey delivery.
It would prove to be a hellish debut for goalkeeper Tom Miller and after making a fine stop from one Cambridge attack, another was worked around him for the equaliser.
Bar had plenty of chances to retake the lead, with the best of them a penalty flick from Mark Turpin which came back off the post.
Another from Tom Marks was ruled out as it had come off his shin.
However they were only temporary let-offs for Cambridge as Abrey slammed a rebound home when Miles Tomkins’ effort was saved.
It was still 2-1 to Bar with just five minutes to go to half-time but that changed dramatically with five further goals.
Cambridge got four of them in just four minutes, two from open play and two from short corners, as Bar imploded defensively.
Yet they still managed to pull one back before the break, Ed Seaman getting his first for the club since March 2017.
The second half began with a rash of cards to both sides and in the confusion Cambridge added a sixth from a short corner.
A second penalty flick was this time dispatched by Abrey to pull Potters back to 6-4 but a seventh for the hosts with 15 minutes to go signalled the end of Miller’s game in goal as he was pulled for a kicking back.
The gamble proved only partially successful as despite grabbing another through Whybrow, Cambridge were able to bag an extra three on the break.
The result leaves them eighth in the table with their final game before the Christmas break a derby clash at Broxbourne on Saturday.
There was no luck either for the women as they lost 4-1 in their top of the table clash with Berkhamsted Hemel in 5 Counties Premier Division.
However, the men’s second team managed a 5-1 win over Broxbourne to stay top of East League Division Four South West.