Jamaica debut for ex-Potters Bar Town defender Nathan Smith

PUBLISHED: 15:31 13 October 2011

Nathan Smith in action for Potters Bar in the 2007-08 under the watchful eye of then manager Steve Browne

Nathan Smith in action for Potters Bar in the 2007-08 under the watchful eye of then manager Steve Browne


FORMER Potters Bar Town defender Nathan Smith played 90 minutes on his international debut for Jamaica in their 2-1 friendly loss to Honduras on Tuesday.

Londoner Smith, who qualifies to represent the Caribbean country through his grandparents, was named in the starting XI for the game in the Honduran capital of Tegucigalpa by Jamaica boss Theodore Whitmore.

The encounter did not start well for left-back Smith and his Reggae Boyz team-mates as they went 1-0 down in the first minute after Jerry Bengtson netted.

A free-kick from ex-Stoke City midfielder Demar Phillips levelled the game at half-time.

However, the home nation sealed the win in the second half through Mario Martínez’s deflected effort.

Despite the result it was a memorable occasion for the one-time Scholar.

It has been a remarkable rise to prominence for the former Ryman League Division One North player who has moved from non-league, to the professional game and now to the international stage.

The 24-year-old played for Potters Bar Town in the 2007/08 season under then manager Steve Browne.

While with the Scholars he earned a trial with Yeovil Town who snapped him up, after more than 100 appearances in three seasons for the south west outfit Smith moved to League One’s Chesterfield ahead of the current campaign.

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