Turpin makes his mark with six goals in Potters Bar victory
PUBLISHED: 07:25 25 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:17 26 October 2009
East Men s Hockey League Division 5SW Potters Bar 11 Bedford Town 4ths 2 POTTERS Bar crushed Bedford Town 4ths 11-2 on Saturday with Mark Turpin scoring six times. The unbeaten league leaders have now won all 14 of their matches in division 5SW and are a
East Men's Hockey League Division 5SW
Potters Bar 11 Bedford Town 4ths 2
POTTERS Bar crushed Bedford Town 4ths 11-2 on Saturday with Mark Turpin scoring six times.
The unbeaten league leaders have now won all 14 of their matches in division 5SW and are almost certain of promotion.
They have amassed 42 points from those games and are seven points clear of nearest rivals St Albans Exiles.
By half-time against their opponents from Bedford the hosts had what felt like a slightly uncomfortable 3-1 lead, after conceding just before the whistle.
That was until a succession of six quick goals within the first 15 frantic minutes of the second half.
Things felt slightly more comfortable after that for the runaway table-toppers.
The second period also brought a change in formation for the Hertfordshire side.
They tried playing four along the back, instead of the usual three.
This more defensive tactic helped the organisation of marking both in defence and midfield.
Apart from a couple of occasions when a rogue Bedford runner managed to find some space, it meant Bar were able to break down their attacking moves earlier and more quickly.
It was a good team performance all round.
Potters Bar looked composed on the ball and showed some nice periods of play stringing passes together, although there never seemed to be much pressure from Bedford.
With promotion only a couple of wins away, Potters Bar are looking forward to some more competitive hockey.
Mark Turpin definitely should get a mention for his double hat-trick.
His flicks in front of goal are becoming more and more deadly and nearly always find their way past the goalie into a corner.
Apart from the two goals conceded from short corners, it was a fine performance defensively.
Good link-up play between defence and midfield saw some slick passing.
Positive early ball was provided both by Miles Tomkins and Owen Hughes.
Wingers David Fennell and James Latham provided great outlets and started many attacking moves, showing both pace and good stick skills.
It was a good day's work all round for the team, who will be saying 'bring on division 4SW!'
This coming Saturday Potters Bar are away in the league to bottom-of-the-table side Bishop's Stortford 5ths.