Fixtures pile-up for Potters Bar in March
PUBLISHED: 07:06 26 February 2009 | UPDATED: 22:15 26 October 2009
POTTERS Bar Town face a hectic fixture-congested March with nine first XI league games to squeeze in. Adverse weather conditions have led to the Scholars completing just four Ryman League matches so far this year. Five of their scheduled Saturday encounte
POTTERS Bar Town face a hectic fixture-congested March with nine first XI league games to squeeze in.
Adverse weather conditions have led to the Scholars completing just four Ryman League matches so far this year.
Five of their scheduled Saturday encounters have been postponed due to snow-covered or waterlogged pitches.
Bar boss Adam Lee is looking at the positives from the situation.
After Town's 4-2 defeat to East Thurrock United on Saturday, he said: "There will be plenty of opportunities for all the boys in the squad, one or two missed out today and were disappointed.
"I would imagine right the way through most clubs there will be lots of players needed by everybody and we'll be no different."
As well as the nine first team fixtures to complete, the club's Capital League side has three, which will stretch the club's resources to the limit.
Since Lee took the manager's position at Parkfield in December he has quickly assembled a squad.
He was somewhat forced to do this as the majority of players who turned out for previous first team boss Steve Browne left the club.
Lee can now use this busy period to see how strong his squad is and in which areas he needs to improve it.
He added: "Hopefully it will give me a good chance between now and the end of the season to evaluate the squad and identify where we need strengthening.
"They have worked so hard at the moment that they do need an opportunity and also a run of consecutive as oppose to the stop start that we have had.
"We will get that next month and I'll probably be sick of football by the end of it; I won't really."
Lee is planning to face the upcoming month head on.
He is relishing the opportunity to contest competitive matches after a lack of them so far this year.
"I'd much rather play the games that's what we do it for; training is one thing but you want to get in the thick of it and test yourself against the top sides."
One player who received praise on Saturday from his boss was young defender Dan Odamo.
Lee said: "Dan Odamo I thought was outstanding today (Saturday), he has done really well.
"He has played two games at this level of football and that was against Aveley and East Thurrock, who are the top two teams, and he hasn't looked out of place.
"He scored a cracking header, as good a header as I've seen in a while.
"The movement East Thurrock had up front was a test as they are experienced players and it will have be good for him to learn."
Another to certainly be in Lee's good books is striker Sam Adejokun, who netted in his fourth consecutive game.
Adejokun, who can also play in defence, had been playing at the back prior to Lee joining the club.
His manager said: "When I came in Sam was questioning if I'd keep him at the back.
"I like him up front. We perhaps leaked a few goals with him not being there, but he's just a good footballer I prefer him up front and he will remain up there for me.
"He has done very well and I'm pleased with him.
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