Positive and pleasing start but boss insists there is plenty of work still to do for Potters Bar Town

PUBLISHED: 08:22 29 August 2018 | UPDATED: 08:29 29 August 2018

Potters Bar Town manager James Duncan.

 Picture: Karyn Haddon

Potters Bar Town manager James Duncan. Picture: Karyn Haddon


Potters Bar Town’s James Duncan is refusing to get carried away with his team’s solid start to the season.

Potters Bar Town entertained Haringey Borough at the Pakex Stadium in the Bostik Premier Division.Potters Bar Town entertained Haringey Borough at the Pakex Stadium in the Bostik Premier Division.

The Scholars have remained undefeated through August with two wins and two draws in the Bostik Premier Division propelling them high up the top half.

Added to that was Saturday’s 2-0 win over Aveley in the FA Cup and a success in the Bostik League Cup.

It is a start that wasn’t expected in some quarters, with most pundits believing Bar would struggle in their first season at step three.

But while the boss is happy with the start, he knows there is still plenty more work to do.

He said: “I would say it’s pleasing rather than fantastic.

“We picked up the FA Cup win which is important to the players and to the club.

“We’ve taken eight points from 12 available in the league which if you could carry that through the rest of the season would put you in a very strong position.

“But we have played three of the four league games at home so we’re pleased with it but we’ve got plenty to improve on.”

The latest result was a 0-0 draw with Haringey Borough on Monday, a game which did little to entertain the big bank holiday crowd.

“It had a typical bank holiday feel to it to be honest,” said Duncan.

“It was very lacklustre and we were on the back foot throughout. Even making the changes didn’t have much of an impact.

“I think we could have been out there all week and we wouldn’t have scored.

“I don’t think they were on the front foot either and I don’t think they’ll be happy with their performance either.

“But what matters is we aren’t happy with our performance and at the end of it we’ll take a point.”

The positive part of the game was yet again the defensive performance, the Scholars having kept four clean sheets in the opening six fixtures.

He said: “We kept another clean sheet and it’s another point on the board.

“Steve Brown and James Budden have started every game so far as they are the only two centre-backs available although we should have Sean Grace back on Saturday.

“That’ll help them have a bit of a rest but the whole back four were excellent.”

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