Potters Bar Town 0, Aveley 1
DESPITE playing the last quarter of Saturday’s Bostik North clash with ten men, Millers managed to hold on for victory against promotion-chasing Bar.
Ryan Cosson had given the visitors an early lead but Aveley were reduced to ten men on 67 minutes when George Doyle was adjudged to have committed a head butt and was dismissed. It was a game littered with strong tackles and there were four cautions, three to the home side, for poor challenges as well as Doyle’s red.
Potters Bar, who started the day in third-place, began well and Cosson did well to clear early danger with a header. He was to make an even bigger impact in eight minutes when Doyle’s scuffed corner fell well for him and he slotted the ball home.
The home side responded well and Michael Murray ought to have done better with a chance on 15 minutes but shot wide and seven minutes later he had another glorious opportunity to level when George Nicholas flicked the ball to the far post and Murray fired over.
The first of the game’s cautions followed soon after when Carl peace flew into a tackle on Lewis Gard, that the Miller was lucky to walk unscathed from.
Millers took the lead into the break and nearly extended it four minutes after the resumption when Adam Toply set up Alex Teniola but Aveley’s top scorer fired just wide. At the other end Rhys Miller kept Bar out with a fine save as the pressure mounted.
Teniola missed a great chance just after the hour and it looked pivotal when Doyle saw red for his misdemeanor but as the rain belted down and Millers rang the changes with late substitutions the ten men mounted a great rearguard action.
Right at the death it looked as if Bar would get a leveler but in front of an open goal Bar sub Hayes Thomas slipped and the chance was lost, giving Millers a great victory.