Unbeaten Potters Bar stretch winning run against Winchmore Hill
PUBLISHED: 12:19 05 December 2008 | UPDATED: 21:01 26 October 2009
East Men s Hockey League Division 5SW Potters Bar 1st XI 3 Winchmore Hill & Enfield 2nds 1 UNBEATEN Potters Bar maintained their perfect playing record with a 3-1 win overs Winchmore Hill & Enfield 2nds last Saturday. The East League Division Five South
East Men's Hockey League Division 5SW
Potters Bar 1st XI 3 Winchmore Hill & Enfield 2nds 1
UNBEATEN Potters Bar maintained their perfect playing record with a 3-1 win overs Winchmore Hill & Enfield 2nds last Saturday.
The East League Division Five South West leaders travelled to fifth-placed Winchmore Hill & Enfield missing three regular first team players and accordingly had to restructure their formation.
A smart early move straight from the start, with an interchange of passes between Andy Latham and Mark Turpin, bode well.
However, thereafter Potters Bar lost their way.
They lacked composure on the ball and tried to play too direct, rather than following the slick passing game that has been the foundation of their success so far this season.
Midway through the first half an excellent diving save by Rob Dawson from a short corner kept the scores level.
With half-time fast approaching, the visitors finally took the lead.
An inside ball from new recruit Miles Tomkin fell to Latham at the top of the D.
Latham swivelled and hit a rising shot across the face of the goal which just eluded the diving keeper to nestle in the top left corner.
The timing of the goal was crucial and left Bar going in at half-time one up and with some momentum behind them.
The start of the second period saw a resurgent Bar soon add to their lead.
A quickly taken free hit from Owen Hughes found Turpin, who rounded a couple of defenders before sliding the ball under the keeper.
Two soon became three when a ball into the D came to Miles Tomkin at the far post.
Despite being denied from his first shot by the keeper, Tomkin showed great persistence in forcing the ball over the line.
The men in black couldn't however add to their lead and Winchmore pulled one back when a neat move left Rob Donoghue isolated in protecting the goal.
A well-placed shot left Rob with no chance.
Bar came back when some good interplay gave Dave Fennell a chance to extend the lead.
However, his goal-bound effort was diverted against the post by a retreating defender and a second shot from Dave was again cleared leaving the score unchanged.
Towards the end a well-timed hit from Ed Newbery ricocheted up off a defender's stick and felled an advancing colleague, opening a nasty gash in his head which unfortunately required stitches.
The final whistle came a few minutes later and Potter Bar could reflect on another success to keep their 100 per cent record intact, despite not having played their best hockey.
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