Catch us if you can: Duncan sets the Bar for Bowers & Pitsea to chase
PUBLISHED: 09:34 03 April 2018 | UPDATED: 09:35 03 April 2018
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Potters Bar Town assistant manager James Duncan has issued a challenge to his players – win the last five games and make Bowers & Pitsea catch us.
The Scholars moved into the automatic promotion places at the top of the Bostik League North Division with a 4-1 win at Ware, ahead of their Basildon-based rivals although having played two games more.
But those extra games, along with the other five, have to be played in the remaining three and a half weeks of the season and Duncan believes his side can make life difficult for the Essex club if they win all of their remaining contests.
He said: “It’s another plus three in the goal difference column and it just puts the emphasis on Bowers & Pitsea.
“We’ve now said to them ‘you’ve got to come and catch us’.
“They’ve been second from a long time but they’ve got two games in hand so will still fancy their chances.
“But we’ve got five games left; lets win them all and see where we end up.”
And even though most of those games are away from the Pakex, Duncan believes Bar’s form, as well as new found way of playing on their travels, stands them in good stead.
“We’ve got our last home game on Saturday [against Bury Town] and obviously we’d like to be playing at home,” he admitted.
“Our away form before Christmas was poor but we’ve talked about how to improve it as a side and since Aveley in January its improved.
“I know we lost to Hornchurch on Saturday but [our away form] has improved drastically.
“I’d prefer them to be at home but they’re not, we’ve got to get on with it and I think we’ll have a good chance.”
They showed their credentials on the road with Easter Monday’s victory on a bog of a pitch at Wodson Park, a game which was in doubt right up until an hour before kick-off.
Duncan said: “I’m still surprised the referee played the game because of the state of the pitch.
“It changed our selection, it changed our shape and it changed the way we played.
“We went back to front, played a bit ugly by missing the middle third and worked off that.
“The boys were saying it was difficult, especially in the central areas.
“And it was quite dangerous to be fair. That’s why I’m surprised we played it but the referee has taken the decision and we had to get on with it.
“I think we adapted well.”
Sandro Costa proved as graceful as ever, seemingly skipping over the slippery surface to bag a double in the first half, something Duncan was delighted with.
“We always said to try and hit the top three and get Sandro on one-on-ones,” said the Bar boss.
“He’s been a good signing for us, coming in from North Greenford United.
“The biggest criticism we’ve got is can he get more goals and more assists?
“But he’s picked up two today so that will do his confidence a world of good.”
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