Mens 2nd Team v Potters Bar W 4-3

Magpies Men’s 2’s welcomed Potters Bar to the nest on a fine Saturday afternoon looking to get revenge on the away fixture and also looking to try and get ourselves out of the relegation zone.
Another well changed team saw on loan magpie James Osborn step in, Nick ‘The Hammer’ Moss in goal and Rob Kinsella returning from injury and family health issues. Magpies were without the injured Tris Baynes but he hopes to be back next week.
From the off Magpies were going to press Potters Bar and put the pressure on and this worked perfectly with their back four unable to deal with the rotating frontline of Rob Kinsella, Andy Hipwell, Jude Pottruff, Greg Jagger and James Osborn which caused them to turn over ball and allow us to start to twist the screw and win the ball in the final third. The midfield of James Stacey, Lawrence Baynes, Morgan Manly and Dave Francis were finding the forwards superbly and the continued pressure soon led to the first short corner which Andy Hipwell flicked into the bottom corner delightfully. The home crowd sensed that today was going to be different, but it wasn’t, when Potters Bar soon went down the other end to equalise.
In recent games that would have been enough for us to implode but everyone sensed today was different.
The back four of Jamie Hudson, Dickon Taylor, Richard Larkin and Jack ‘Wingback’ Richards were controlling things from the back and getting up to support the midfield. It was from more pressure that magpies won another short corner which again Andy Hipwell managed to thread into the bottom corner for 2-1.
Goals are like buses and it was only a few minutes later when Weybread was about to witness something of such beauty and quite possibly, no most definitely the goal of the season. Magpies won the ball at the back and a ball out to Kinsella was laid into the middle where Baynes picked out Pottruff who beat one, carried the ball into their half, picked out Hipwell who had pre-scanned and laid an early ball across the ‘D’, it hit a defenders foot and gave it an awkward bobble but this didn’t stop Kinsella from taking one calm touch and then spinning on a sixpence unleashing something with such power that it fizzed past the keepers helmet and found the roof of the net to make it 3-1!
Magpies weren’t done there and a massive tackle from Greg Jagger winning the ball back and finding the adventurous run from Jack Richards where he managed to anti-skill a few players before cooly finding Hipwell in the ‘D’ to calmly finish for his hat trick.
4-1 at half time certainly does not mean the points are safe with the 2’s and Potters Bar soon managed to find the goal they needed to spur them on. Another Potters Bar goal now made it 4-3 and things were getting scrappy. To magpies credit the work rate and positivity continued and the final 7 minutes were certainly not pretty. Some expert defending from Larkin and some forceful dominance from Dickon ‘The Wall’ Taylor and Nick Moss just being massive were pivotal in seeing out the last few minutes. The final whistle went and we had the result we deserved. With that result we climb out of the relegation zone and have an away fixture with bottom of the league Norwich City which will be a tough match but certainly leaves avoiding relegation in our hands. Man of the Match went to Andy Hipwell for his hat trick and Lawrence Baynes for his tireless work in midfield.
A big thanks to Bob Skinner for his help running the bench and to the big home crowd for your continued support.