Potters Bar endure travel woes as trip to Norfolk ends in defeat

PUBLISHED: 10:48 05 March 2019 | UPDATED: 10:48 05 March 2019

Chris Chittleborough scored the first Potters Bar goal. Picture: KEVIN LINES

Chris Chittleborough scored the first Potters Bar goal. Picture: KEVIN LINES

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A late fightback from Potters Bar wasn't enough to gain anything from their trip to Harleston Magpies as they returned with a 4-3 loss in East Hockey League Division One.

It was the first-half that did the damage for the relegation-threatened hosts and the defeat does little to ease the nerves of Bar as they battle to avoid being dragged into the dogfight below.

It was a slightly-underpowered side that travelled to Norfolk and the journey seemed to have an effect on the visitors as they conceded early from a short corner.

A quick response was needed and duly arrived, also from a set-piece. This time a well-orchestrated routine led by Graham Abrey saw Chris Chittleborough get the deflection on the post.

But for the rest of the half the home side dominated and even a spell with a man advantage failed to give Bar a foothold in the game.

And three goals in the final 10 minutes of the half saw the visitors turn round 4-1 down.

The break gave Bar the perfect chance to regroup but it seemed not to have worked as the Magpies started the second half as they had finished the first, putting Bar under plenty of pressure.

But finally some fighting spirit came to the surface and a comeback began.

They nicked one goal back from another well-worked short corner routine. The ball was played to the top of the D where it was slipped via Mark Turpin to Tom Marks who provided the calm finish.

This gave Bar hope which was only increased shortly after when they bagged their third goal.

Again, it came from another short-corner routine that was executed to perfection.

On this occasion Abrey decided to push the ball to the left post where Hugh Kenney-Herbert was lurking and he tucked the ball under the keeper with aplomb.

There was to be no silver-lining though as that proved to be the final goal of the game.

It leaves Bar sitting eighth in the table, five points above the relegation places with three games remaining.

The first of those matches sees Potters Bar return to Dame Alice Owen’s on Saturday when Crosytx, the team directly below them in the table are the visitors.

There was better news though for the women as they won 1-0 at home to Tring thanks to a Jo Spinks goal.

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