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Potters Bar Town
Harlow Town
Unknown (21')
Full time
J Da Cruz (8'), C Scales (93')
Sat 24 Nov 15:00 - The Bostik Football League - Premier Division Attendance 175

Another Late Goal Seals Win

Harlow Town scored a late winner for the second game in a row to secure back-to-back league wins for the first time since April.

Christian Scales impacted the game off the bench with a 93rd minute finish, but the game was evenly contested throughout and the hosts will feel unlucky to have missed out on a share of the points.

The Hawks had got off to a good start when defender JJ Da Cruz headed in his fourth goal of the season early on, but Potters Bar Town equalised mid-way through the half to draw level.

It was the hosts who had the opening chance of the game when Keagan Cole had a free kick in a promising position, but the Harlow Town wall stood firm to deflect the shot away.

24th November 2018 Potters Bar 1-2 Harlow
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The visitors took the lead a minute later with only 7 minutes on the clock. Louis Yuill floated a corner onto the penalty spot, and JJ Da Cruz rose well to head powerfully downwards and past the outstretched leg of a defender on the line.

Matt Foy found himself in a good position to double the lead with a quarter of an hour played, but when through on goal he wasn’t able to get power behind the shot.

Potters Bar equalised in the 21st minute. A cross in from the right wasn’t cleared by the Harlow defence, and it wriggled through to Andrew Lomas who rifled the ball into the roof of the net from close range.

The Hawks looked to edge straight back in front, and Louis Yuill tried his luck from the edge of the area. The ball flew just wide of the post, but Potters Bar stopper Berkeley Laurencin was diving to his left and had it covered anyway.

With 25 minutes on the clock Harlow Town went close from another corner. Goalscorer JJ Da Cruz almost turned provider as he headed the ball down to Matt Foy, who pivoted as he struck the ball, but he couldn’t get over it as it flew over the bar.

Keagan Cole had another chance for the hosts after a good passing move put him in position to shoot, but he wasn’t able to muster any power behind the effort and it was easily saved.

It wasn’t a vintage half of football by any means, but both sides had created chances and knew that the game was there for the taking with an increase in performance levels for the second period.

HALF-TIME: Potters Bar Town 1-1 Harlow Town

The hosts almost started the second half in perfect fashion. Hawks goalkeeper Josh Bexon was forced into a double save to deny Bradley Sach, and although prevented the attack he took a knock for his troubles and struggled with injury throughout the remainder of the game.

The game ebbed and flowed throughout the second period, with both sides continuing to create chances. Kegan Cole shot straight at Josh Bexon when he could have worked the goalkeeper more, before George Nicholas had another good chance for the hosts, but put his header from a corner past the post.

Harlow Town’s Nathan Koranteng latched onto a cross at the back post, but his shot from a tight angle was tipped around the post. He turned a defender well a minute later to create space for himself, but again it went just wide.

The Hawks were putting the pressure on and it nearly paid dividends. Koranteng played Matt Foy through with a great ball that cut the defence, and although Foy lobbed over the goalkeeper, the retreating defender got back in time to clear the danger.

Aaron Morgan-Cummings came off the bench for the hosts, and almost had an instant impact when he fired a shot just over the upright from the edge of the area.

With the game drawing to a close, the hosts had a good spell for the final ten minutes. Lee O’Leary’s cross to the back post was turned goalwards by Bradley Sach, but it was bundled wide by the Harlow defence for a corner.

A couple of minutes later Sach then released another low shot that was heading for the bottom corner, but Bexon scrambled across his goal to push it around the post and keep the score level.

The winning goal came in injury time. Defender Chris Doyle’s poor touch allowed Christian Scales to nip in and steal the ball on the edge of the 18-yard box. He turned towards goal, skipped around another defender, before slotting the ball underneath the home goalkeeper for another huge win on the road, dragging the Hawks out of the relegation zone.

FULL-TIME: Potters Bar Town 1-2 Harlow Town
ATTENDANCE: 175

Louis Yuill

Player of the Match

Louis Yuill

Key moments

8:00
Goal JJ Da Cruz scores for Harlow Town
21:00
Goal Goal for Potters Bar Town
45:00 +48:00
Goal Christian Scales scores for Harlow Town

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90:00 Player of the Match
Louis Yuill is awarded player of the match for Harlow Town
89:00 Sub Off
Nathan Koranteng is substituted off for Harlow Town
89:00 Sub On
Laurence Vaughan is substituted on for Harlow Town
82:00 Sub Off
Matt Foy is substituted off for Harlow Town
82:00 Sub On
Emile Acquah is substituted on for Harlow Town
76:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Potters Bar Town
75:00 Sub Off
Tobi Adaje is substituted off for Harlow Town
75:00 Sub On
Christian Scales is substituted on for Harlow Town
58:00 Yellow Card
Yellow card for Potters Bar Town
End of period 1
45:00 +48:00 Goal 1 - 2
Christian Scales scores for Harlow Town
37:00 Yellow Card
Fabion Simms is yellow carded for Harlow Town
21:00 Goal 1 - 1
Goal for Potters Bar Town
8:00 Goal 0 - 1
JJ Da Cruz scores for Harlow Town
8:00 Assist
Louis Yuill makes an assist for Harlow Town
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As it happened

  • Potters Bar Town
  • Harlow Town
  • 0
  • JJ Da Cruz Goal 8:00'
  • Louis Yuill Assist 8:00'
  • Goal 21:00'
  • Fabion Simms Yellow Card 37:00'
  • Christian Scales Goal 45:00 +48:00'
  • Yellow Card 58:00'
  • Tobi Adaje Sub Off 75:00'
  • Christian Scales Sub On 75:00'
  • Yellow Card 76:00'
  • Matt Foy Sub Off 82:00'
  • Emile Acquah Sub On 82:00'
  • Nathan Koranteng Sub Off 89:00'
  • Laurence Vaughan Sub On 89:00'

Team selection

Bexon, Josh Bexon, Josh
Rodgers, Paul Rodgers, Paul
Kissi, Yanick Kissi, Yanick
Da Cruz, JJ Da Cruz, JJ
Hastings, Taylor Hastings, Taylor
Adaje, Tobi Adaje, Tobi
Koranteng, Nathan Koranteng, Nathan
Simms, Fabion Simms, Fabion
Yuill, Louis Yuill, Louis
Hitchcock, Tom Hitchcock, Tom
Foy, Matt Foy, Matt

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17. Wingate & Finchley 18 21
18. AFC Hornchurch 18 19
19. Brightlingsea Regent 17 19
20. Burgess Hill Town 20 17
21. Harlow Town 19 15
22. Whitehawk 19 13

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