Call for cup to be graded after a 26-0 result

PUBLISHED: 15:14 04 November 2015 | UPDATED: 15:14 04 November 2015

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Potters Bar Town Youth U15 manager Russell Barrett has called for the county cup to be graded after his side claimed a record 26-0 victory on Sunday.

While delighted to progress to the fourth round of the Herts Challenge Cup with the triumph over Bedwell Rangers Lions, he felt the weekend’s result was no good for either of the youth sides.

“The referee told me it was a record result for the competition, but it doesn’t help my kids or the opposition,” said Barrett, whose side have joined Potters Bar Town FC this season from Buckhurst Hill.

“The only thing it does is teach our players to be respectful of the opposition.

“I have the upmost respect for the opposition and their support who were excellent.”

Potters Bar, who play in the Eastern Junior Alliance, are unbeaten in all competitions this season.

“I’ve been involved in kids football for 30 years and this competition should be seeded,” he said.

“We have reached the third round of the competition and won 26-0 and 14-1 in the last round.

“I understand it would be difficult though as it would mean having to grade certain leagues.

“A sort of qualification system, like we have with the FA Cup, could be a way forward.”

In response a Herts FA spokesman said: “The Hertfordshire FA organise 11 youth cup competitions for nearly 1,000 girls and boys teams across the county.

“We seed Hertfordshire FA Youth County Cups based on the results from the previous year’s competition, however it is incredibly difficult to accurately seed these competitions due to the movement of players and teams between youth clubs each season.

“The Hertfordshire FA would recommend all coaches, players and spectators at youth levels to consider strategies that encourage an atmosphere in which everyone can enjoy the magic of cup football.”

Potters Bar will next face A.C. Finchley North in the fourth round on Sunday, November 29.

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