Potters Bar Town takes the best of Folkestone to stay second
1:51 p.m. September 25, 2022
Folkestone Invicta were central to the story of the Potters Bar Town season last year – and they featured in another big result for the Scholars in this year’s campaign.
A year to the day earlier, Bar had drawn 3-3 at Cheriton Road after coming back from 3-0 down but the second leg in Hertfordshire in January ended in a humiliating 7-0 defeat and nearly threatened to derail the nomination of Sammy Moore. as a manager.
His announcement was made a day later and since then there has been a dramatic reversal of fortunes.
Saturday saw another trip to the Kent coast and another high scoring contest.
This however ended with the Scholars winning 3-2 thanks to a Dejon Noel-Williams hat-trick, making it five goals for the striker in the last two games.
It was the second week of a win and followed the FA Cup horror spectacle seven days before when they lost to Essex Senior League side Romford in the FA Cup.
They had taken the lead three minutes from the penalty spot, with James Rogers rushing to stop Kasim Aidoo but collecting the man instead, only for Adam Yusuff to equalize three minutes later.
Folkestone hit the outside of the post as they searched for their second and scored a goal ruled out by the linesman’s flag, but it was Potters Bar, who had tackled quite a bit, who again put the nose in front on the stroke of half-time.
Noel-Williams pounced after a smart back heel from Aidoo, firing low on Bailey Vose in the home goal and into the far corner.
The striker could have scored his hat trick early in the second half, but this time Vose won the battle and helped Invicta level back in the 65th minute, with Ibrahim Olutade scoring despite protests for a handball from the defense of the Bar.
Vose was the hero again at home with a superb save from an Ike Olaiya effort and it signaled the start of concentrated pressure away.
Quentin Monville hit the crossbar and Olaiya was again denied by the keeper before Bar got his winner four minutes from time.
There was a touch of luck about it, a shot from Sam McRitchie deflecting Noel-Williams and over Vose, but no one in maroon was too bothered as the Scholars stayed second.