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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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