After the Lord Mayor's show for Potters Bar Town in Marlow stalemate admits assistant boss

PUBLISHED: 15:47 27 September 2016

Ashley Nathaniel-George takes on two

Ashley Nathaniel-George takes on two

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Potters Bar Town assistant boss James Duncan believes it was an after the Lord Mayor's show situation as the Scholars stuttered to a goalless draw at nine-man Marlow in Southern League Division One Central on Saturday.

Having pulled off a shock 3-2 FA Cup second round qualifying replay victory over Ryman League Premier side Canvey Island – sitting one division above Bar – four days earlier, Steve Ringrose’s men could not break down the staunch home defence in the second period.

Following a first half which saw Town on the back foot for much of it, the visitors’ task was helped by the bizarre dismissal of Marlow’s Jordan Brown as the two sides trudged off the Alfred Davis Memorial Ground pitch.

With manager Ringrose waiting outside the changing room, the forward decided to throw water over the Bar chief and duly got himself dismissed.

The away side still struggled to create anything although Michael Murray, who had already missed an open goal in the first half, saw a header blocked on the line by Calam Gallimore.

Adam Richards then saw red for a second yellow card 21 minutes from time as Marlow’s backs were further pressed against the wall.

Ashley Nathaniel-George protested he had been felled inside the box in the dying seconds but he was booked for diving and Bar left Buckinghamshire with just a point.

Duncan told Potters Bar Times: “It is probably two points dropped in the circumstances so we do feel disappointed with the result but coming away from home we got a point and a clean sheet so we’ll take those two positives.

“We’ve come off a massive high Saturday and Tuesday [against Canvey Island].

“They were two big performances and it is hard as a player and as a manager to raise the boys.

“The cup is a great distraction but this performance almost seemed like it was after the Lord Mayor’s show.

“Coming from such a high and staying on a high was hard to take into this game.”

On Brown’s dismissal, Ringrose said:“I was standing inside the door and he just chucked water over me.

“People do silly things they regret sometimes and this was one of them.

“It was unneccesary and reckless.”

Bar were due to host Kempston Rovers in league action last night after the Potters Bar Times had gone to press before their mega FA Cup third qualifying round tie with Vanarama National League South side Bath City on Saturday.

On the FA Cup, Ringrose said: “It’s going to be a massive occasion for everyone at the club.

“We’re expecting 150-plus supporters to come across from Bath so it’s going to be a rowdy atmosphere and hopefully that can spur on our players.

“The chance of getting just one step from the FA Cup proper is a great prize we’ll fight hard for.”

The furthest Bar have ever been in the Cup is the fourth qualifying round so it’s a great chance to equal that showing.

Admission for the game is adult £12, over 65 £8 and U16 £1.

Kick-off is 3pm.

Parking will be difficult around the town so supporters are advised to get to the ground early. The clubhouse will be open from 12pm.

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