‘No point in looking down’ as Potters Bar Town press on up the Bostik North table

PUBLISHED: 10:08 23 January 2018 | UPDATED: 10:18 23 January 2018

Michael Murray scored the winner from the spot at Haringey Borough. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

Michael Murray scored the winner from the spot at Haringey Borough. Picture: Karyn Haddon.

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There was an 80s megamix of tunes before Potters Bar Town’s game at Haringey Borough and after they had secured a potentially vital 2-1 win assistant manager James Duncan used a line from a classic of the decade – the only way is up.

Billy Adcock scored after a textbook corner routine for Potters Bar at Haringey Borough. Picture: KARYN HADDON Billy Adcock scored after a textbook corner routine for Potters Bar at Haringey Borough. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Billy Adcock and Michael Murray scored the goals that propelled the Scholars to fifth place in the Bostik League North Division.

They have games in hand on all four teams above and Duncan says they should keep looking at grinding out the wins and climbing towards one of the two automatic promotion places.

He said: “Our target was always top six so we’ve put ourselves in the mix.

“If you look at the league there are a couple of teams drifting a little bit, and drifting downwards.

“But as I said to the boys, you’ve got to look up. There’s no point looking down now.

“We’ve got ourselves into the top six and we need to see how many wins we can get to chip away at those above us.

“If it comes to another point in the season where we have to review to see if we can get any higher, then we’ll review it and go from there.”

Monday’s success saw them use slightly different tactics as they look to improve results away from the Pakex Stadium.

Prior to the game at Coles Park the Scholars had lost five of their 12 games away from home, with five victories and two draws.

That compared to nine wins and three draws from 14 at home.

Duncan said: “We met last week and said if we’re going to do anything in this league we need to work on our away form.

“We’re pretty happy at home but away from home we’ve been too open, too expansive and we’ve got to play differently away.

“We’ve come here and changed tactically a little bit so that we were nice and tight in the first half, nice and compact.

“It’s worked although we rode our luck a little bit at the end.”

The victory over Borough, who started the game with the same number of points as Bar, was the first of three games in eight days against other sides at the top of the table.

It would have been more but the trip to Maldon & Tiptree on Saturday was postponed.

Duncan said: “We’ve got Bowers & Pitsea on Saturday and Maldon again on Tuesday so it is a really difficult period.

“We’ve had suspensions and injuries but they’re all back now.”

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