FA Cup provides chance for Bar to learn from mistakes
PUBLISHED: 10:13 14 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:19 14 September 2017
Potters Bar Town manager Steve Ringrose wants his side to learn from their mistakes against AFC Hornchurch - starting with Saturday's FA Cup clash at Hampton & Richmond Borough.
Eoin Casey equalised for Bar in the last minute of the first half to cancel out an early Theo Fairweather-Jackson strike.
But Leon McKenzie pounced six minutes after the break to keep Hornchurch’s 100 per cent record intact and send the Scholars to their first league defeat.
To cap off a frustrating afternoon for Potters Bar, they picked up numerous bookings late on, culminating with Billy Lobjoit’s dismissal for dissent.
But the Bar boss felt the lack of discipline was only one effect of the root cause of the defeat.
“We were the better side in the first half and created the better chances,” said Ringrose.
“But after half-time they responded came out stronger, faster and sharper and we came out the same as we were.
“I don’t think we ever upped our game in the second half.
“We gave the ball away too often and were nothing like what we were in the first half.
“They never allowed us to mind as they were more in our faces, but if we want to be successful this year, and I still believe we can, we have to learn and learn very fast.
“For as good as we’ve been so far this season, that second half was not up to our usual standards. And we know that.
“But we’ve got an ambitious bunch of players and I think they will take a lot from this game and be able to replicate the better results we’ve had this season by what they’ve learned from the poorer things we’ve done today.
“Sometimes you only learn from your mistakes.”
Their first chance to put things right came on Tuesday at Cheshunt, and they certainly took advantage as Cheshunt were beaten 4-0 on their own patch.
But both eyes will now be on this weekend’s FA Cup tie against the National League South outfit.
“I think if you look at the draw it hasn’t favoured us; it’s a very tough game,” said Ringrose.
“They will be doing their homework; they had someone here and they will certainly look for weaknesses.
“If they look at that second half maybe they’ll be complacent with what we can offer.
“But the boys will be fired up and they will have that belief that we can give them a good game and maybe pull off a shock.”