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19 October 2019 Venue The Pakex Stadium Attendance

Kick off 12:30 (UK)

Potters Bar Town
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Match Previews

Preview: Potters Bar Town (A)

19 October 2019

The Bees kick off their Emirates FA Cup campaign today against local Isthmian Premier Division side, Potters Bar Town FC.

Nickname: The Scholars

Manager: Lee O’Leary

Stadium: The Pakex Stadium

League Position: 10th (Isthmian Premier Division)

Form Guide:

Potters Bar Town FC: Last 5 = W4 D1 L0

Potters Bar Town FC 4-0 Bognor Regis Town

Ware 1-2 Potters Bar Town FC

Bishops Stortford 1-4 Potters Bar Town FC

Corinthian-Casuals 0-0 Potters Bar Town FC

Potters Bar Town FC 2-0 AFC Hornchurch


Barnet FC: Last 5 = W1 D3 L1

Barnet FC 2 - 2 Woking

Barnet FC 1 - 2 Bromley Town

Dagenham and Redbridge 1 - 1 Barnet FC

AFC Fylde 0 - 4 Barnet FC

Barnet FC 0 - 0 Solihull Moors


The Opposition:

The Scholars have reached the fourth qualifying round for only the third time in their history after defeating Takeley, AFC Hornchurch and Ware in what has so far has been a productive start to their season having only lost two games in the league.

They will be sure to approach this fixture with confidence on the back of some excellent form which has seen them not lose a game since their 4-1 defeat to Folkestone Invicta back in August.

However, Potters Bar’s best results have come away from home, both winning and drawing 3 of the 7 away fixtures they’ve played which is something Darren Currie’s men will look to take advantage of.


The Gaffer: Lee O’Leary

Lee O’Leary was placed in charge of Potters Bar Town FC in October 2018 in a player-manager role alongside Scott Cousins who stepped down at the end of last season.

O’Leary captained the Scholars prior to his appointment as manager and was described as ‘instrumental’ in the team's promotion from the Bostik League Division One North during the 2017/18 season.

Despite it being his first stint in charge of a football club, O’Leary has certainly shown he is a capable manager as his record demonstrates and will look again to make an impact on his side this season.


One to Watch: Josh Hutchinson

Potters Bar Town have a lot of capable players who could cause problems for the Bee’s but long-serving forward Josh Hutchinson comes into the fixture having scored 9 goals in 12 games this season and will be relishing the opportunity of helping get his side into the first round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history.


Where to Follow the Action:

You can follow all of the action directly from our official Twitter account, @BarnetFC, where will be providing full 90-minute updates as well as team news and reaction from the management team.

The fixture is also being broadcast live on the BBC website. There will be no iBarnet commentary for today's game.

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Potters Bar Town - Barnet

19 October 2019

The Bees were forced into a replay as a last minute equaliser secured a draw for Potters Bar Town. Josh Walker put the Bees ahead in the first half, but we couldn't add to our opener, with the Town keeper making a string of fine stops.


The Bees controlled possession from the off and played a patient style of football as they looked to stamp their authority on the cup tie.

On the 16th minute Josh Walker fired Darren Currie’s men ahead as he turned well in the box, before firing into the bottom corner. The goal stemmed from good work by Cheye Alexander as he beat his and whipped in a dangerous cross.

Seven minutes later Walker was involved again as he looked to squeeze a shot in at the near post but Scholars ‘keeper R’avan Constable did well to turn our striker’s effort around the post.

Jack Taylor nearly caught out Constable with a looping free kick which looked like it was on his way in, but the ‘keeper did just enough to tip it over.

From the resulting corner Pavey headed on goal but his effort was dramatically headed off the line by a Scholars defender. Our number nine ever so close to opening his account in an amber shirt.

At the other end Gogo sent a timid strike which was comfortable for Scott Loach in between the sticks for the Bees.

Four minutes into the second half and the Bees were awarded a penalty as Walker was fouled in the area. Pavey stepped up and saw his penalty well saved by Constable.

Loach had to be alert as the ball broke through towards goal, but our stopper was off his line quickly to smother at the feet of Andy Lomas.

Second half substitute Ephron Mason-Clark saw a curling effort sail over the bar as the Bees looked to wrap the tie up in the closing stages. 

Elliott Johnson did well to tee up Jack Taylor, but the Irishman saw his shot comfortably saved by Constable. Taylor tried his luck again five minutes later as he curled towards the top corner, but the Scholars keeper did brilliantly to deny him once again. He then stopped Mason-Clark's effort at his near post. 

Into added time and it was the Scholars stopper in inspired form again as he made a superb reflex stop from Alexander's powerful strike from the corner of the box. On another day the scoreline could have been much more comfortable for the Bees. 

The hosts levelled with all but the last kick of the game as Andy Lomas scrambled the ball over the line.


Darren Currie made two changes from the draw with Woking as Pavey and Jack Taylor came into replace Akinola and Tutonda in the starting XI.

There were also return to the bench for Elliott Johnson and Andre Boucourd as they stepped up their return from injury.

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Reynolds, Santos, J Taylor, Adams (Boucaud '82), Pavey, H Taylor, Vilhete (Johnson ’70), Walker (Mason-Clark ’56), Sweeney.

Unused subs: Matrevics, Akinola, Elito, Edwards



The Bees/The Scholars will be number 74 in Monday's first round draw which you can watch live on BBC Two from 19:00. 



We will do it all again on Tuesday night at The Hive as we face the Scholars in a replay. Ticket information for this fixture will be released in due course. 

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Ticket News

Deadline set for Potters Bar Town ticket sales

16 October 2019

The Club can confirm that tickets for our upcoming FA Cup tie with Potters Bar Town can be purchased up until 4:00 pm on Friday 18th October and no later.

Any purchases attempted to be made after 4:00 pm will not be accepted.

Tickets can only be bought in person from the Club Shop which opens at 8:00 am.

With the start of another FA Cup journey right around the corner, don't miss your chance to be there every step of the way!

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