Enfield loss provides lesson for Scholars to learn from

PUBLISHED: 14:36 30 December 2018

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Dernell Wynter in action for Potters Bar Town.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Dernell Wynter in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Potters Bar Town need to follow the example of Enfield Town and Haringey Borough and develop a ruthless streak according to joint manager Scott Cousins if they are start climbing back up the Bostik Premier Division table.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Sean Grace in action for Potters Bar Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Sean Grace in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Saturday’s 2-1 reverse against the Towners followed a 1-0 loss at league leaders Haringey in their last outing.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Potters Bar Town celebrate 1-0 - Goal scored by Sean Bonnett-Johnson.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Potters Bar Town celebrate 1-0 - Goal scored by Sean Bonnett-Johnson. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And these aren’t the only examples of narrow and late defeats since Cousins and Lee O’Leary took over at the Pakex in October.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Dernell Wynter in action for Potters Bar Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Dernell Wynter in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Cousins said: “We’re in a bit of a rut at the minute and sometimes the luck goes against you but the workrate and the effort has been tremendous.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Scott Cousins - Manager Potters Bar Town - hands the ball to Lewis Hobbs.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Scott Cousins - Manager Potters Bar Town - hands the ball to Lewis Hobbs. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“We just tend to come out of these 50/50 games with a loss.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Potters Bar Town celebrate 1-0 - Goal scored by Sean Bonnett-Johnson.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Potters Bar Town celebrate 1-0 - Goal scored by Sean Bonnett-Johnson. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“If you look at the likes of Haringey and Enfield, they will get seven or eight wins out of 10 close matches.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Potters Bar Town celebrate 1-0 - Goal scored by Sean Bonnett-Johnson.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Potters Bar Town celebrate 1-0 - Goal scored by Sean Bonnett-Johnson. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“We lose seven or eight so that’s what we need to learn. We have to be ruthless and stingy and give nothing away.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Dernell Wynter in action for Potters Bar Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Dernell Wynter in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“We just need a little bit more concentration towards the end and a little bit more ugliness and professionalism to see games out.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Andy Lomas in action for Potters Bar Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Andy Lomas in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“We need to be happy taking a draw sometimes rather than come away with no points.”

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Potters bar celebrate 1-0 - Joint manager Lee O'Leary celebrates with Potters Bar Town goalscorer Sean Bonnett-Johnson.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Potters bar celebrate 1-0 - Joint manager Lee O'Leary celebrates with Potters Bar Town goalscorer Sean Bonnett-Johnson. Picture: Karyn Haddon

A record attendance of 504 at the Parkfield ground saw Sean Bonnett-Johnson fire the Scholars into a fifth-minute lead but that was wiped out three minutes later by Mohammadu Faal’s turn and shot.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Sean Bennett-Johnson in action for Potters Bar Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Sean Bennett-Johnson in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

And just as it looked like a draw would be a fair return, Marc Weatherstone slammed in the winner four minutes from time after an incredible double save from Berkley Laurencin.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Andy Lomas wins a header for Potters Bar Town against Enfield Town's Sam Youngs.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Andy Lomas wins a header for Potters Bar Town against Enfield Town's Sam Youngs. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Cousins said: “We always ask them to start on the front foot, play with no fear, be aggressive and take the game to the opposition.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Muhammadu Faal holds off Potters Bar Town's Stefan Powell.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Muhammadu Faal holds off Potters Bar Town's Stefan Powell. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“We didn’t get a chance to build on that because we conceded so quickly.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Andy Lomas in action for Potters Bar Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Andy Lomas in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“Going into half-time I thought a draw was fair and coming to the end of the game neither team had done enough to win it.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Sean Bennett-Johnson of Potters Bar Town surges past Enfield's Ryan Blackman.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Sean Bennett-Johnson of Potters Bar Town surges past Enfield's Ryan Blackman. Picture: Karyn Haddon

“But we’ve come away with no points so we have to learn from that.”

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Stefan Powell in action for Potters Bar Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Stefan Powell in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The result lifts Enfield up to third while Bar slip to 15th in the Isthmian League’s top flight.

Potters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Billy Bricknell's free-kick for Enfield Town saved by Berkley Laurencin for Potters Bar Town.


Picture: Karyn HaddonPotters Bar Town V Enfield Town - Billy Bricknell's free-kick for Enfield Town saved by Berkley Laurencin for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Their first game of 2019 is away to Leatherhead on Saturday while Brightlingsea Regent provide the opposition for the Pakex Stadium’s first match in the New Year on January 12.

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