Planters late equaliser chalked off
Wones thought he had recscued a point with late strike
Norwich United 0 Potters Bar Town 1
Bostik League North Division
The Planters were left feeling short changed when a late equaliser was chalked out by a linesman’s flag leaving Potters Bar taking all three points thanks to Eion Casey’s 13th minute goal.
With Tim Henery and Adam Probert ill and Shaun Wones carrying an injury that forced him onto the bench there was a recall for Angus Mackie and a full debut for recent signing Charlie Hitch.
The Scholars started off the brighter and Sean Grace headed over the bar form a right wing free kick.
The visitors defence had to be on their mettle though clearing a Nathan Stewart cross with Liam Jackson poised to strike and moments later clearing a driven ball from Ben Jones.
Sandro Fernandes released Casey but the strikers shot was parried by Andy Wilton, just three minutes later however and the Scholars were ahead with Casey sweeping home a cross from the right at the far post.
The game degenerated with the visitors appearing to be more intent on arguing with the officials than trying to play football. Andy Eastaugh came closest to levelling matters but saw his header from a right wing cross deflected wide.
The second half once again saw few chances although a strong run down the right by Nathan Stewart but his cross was well cut out by the defence.
Scholars’ Ben Ward-Cochrane did well to bring a ball under control but shot wide of the near post.
A Ben Jones free kick was headed out but only to Adam Hipperson who shot over from distance.
As the game entered stoppage time the Planters pushed on and thought they had the important goal in the third added on minute when after the ball had ricocheted around the visitors box substitute Shaun Wones poked home from close range only to see the linesman raise his flag to silence the celebrations.
There was still time for Sam Applegate to hit over from distance and Stewart to shoot straight at Scholar’s keeper Benjamin Goode but it wasn’t to be for the Planters in a game that won’t be remembered for the football!
Planters: Wilton, Mackie, Applegate, Jones, Eastaugh, Watts, Hitch (Wones 79), Pollock, Stewart, Jackson (Datocampol 62), Hipperson.
Potters Bar: Goode, Doyle, Lomas, O’Leary, Brown, Grace, Nicholas (Lawal 78), Adcock, Ward-Cochrane, Casey, Fernandes. Unused subs: Baird, Murray, Wambeek.
Referee: Paul Quick. Assistants: Bradley Mingay & Neil Jaques.