League leaders Blues fight back to win
Lowestoft Town 4, Potters Bar 2: Twice the Blues fought back from being a goal down to clinch victory in a six-goal thriller in front of a delighted Crown Medow crowd of 551.
Lowestoft Town 4, Potters Bar 2
Twice the Blues fought back from being a goal down to clinch victory in a six-goal thriller in front of a delighted Crown Medow crowd of 551.
With the Crown Meadow pitch looking remarkably good despite the wet conditions the midweek decision to reverse fixtures was fully justified.
The game got off to an explosive start with both sides scoring inside the first 10 minutes.
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Potters Bar opened the scoring in the fourth minute with Jordan Watson rising between the Blues central defenders to head down past Andy Reynolds.
Ryman League Division One North leaders Lowestoft were on level terms three minutes later.
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Jamie Godbold floated in a left-wing corner for Neil Plaskett to time his run to head powerfully into the net from eight yards.
Despite playing into the elements Lowestoft took the game to Potters Bar and Godbold and Gary McGee combined to send Dale Cockrill down the inside left channel. But his cross-shot flashed across the goal and wide of the far post.
Godbold slipped the ball through to McGee but visiting keeper Matt Bennett spread himself to block with his legs.
Potters Bar regained the lead in the 29th minute. A quick break saw the pacy Jordan Watson get clear down the right flank. After drawing Reynolds from his line he played the ball across the face of the goal to give Ellis Remy the simple task of shooting into the empty net.
Lowestoft suffered another blow five minutes later as Godbold's forward run was ended with a hefty challenge that left him with a fractured cheek, Scott Mitchell substituting.
The substitute was soon in the action as he ran onto Adam Smith's short free-kick but saw his shot turned round the post for a corner.
Potters Bar were playing their part in an entertaining game with the lively Luke Croll crossing for Ellis Remy to send a volley inches wide.
Lowestoft levelled the scores for the second time three minutes before the break. Greg Crane's free-kick was headed on by Neil Plaskett for Matt Nolan to volley home from 12 yards.
With the wind and rain behind them Lowestoft took a grip of the game in the second period.
Nolan played a one-two with McGee but Matt Bennett dived to save. Plaskett's long throw was touched on by McGee to Matthew Halliday, whose volley was just too high.
Lowestoft took the lead for the first time in the 55th minute. Nolan dummied over Cockrill's square ball to allow Joe Francis time to pick his spot in the top corner of the net from just outside the area.
McGee then found Joe Francis who curled a shot just wide of the upright.
Lowestoft netted their fourth goal in the 69th minute. Nolan was fouled 25 yards out and Francis drilled the free-kick into the far corner of the net.
A Smith free-kick set up Plaskett for a powerful header which Bennett tipped over the bar.
Potters Bar tried to get back into the game with Joe O'Brien going close, but there was almost a fifth goal for the Blues at the death as Nolan took the ball around keeper Bennett but shot into the side netting.
Lowestoft Town: Reynolds, Plaskett, A Smith, Holt, Crane, Halliday, Godbold (Sub Mitchell 35), Dale Cockrill, Nolan, McGee (Sub Potter 78), Francis (Sub Bussens 72), Subs (not used) Darren Cockrill, Cutajar.