More excitement to come as Potters Bar step up with historic promotion

PUBLISHED: 15:10 01 May 2018 | UPDATED: 08:41 02 May 2018

Potters Bar Town's Lee O'Leary clears a Barking attack. Picture: Terry Gilbert

Potters Bar Town's Lee O'Leary clears a Barking attack. Picture: Terry Gilbert

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Potters Bar Town's Steve Ringrose is already counting the days down to the new season after watching his team win automatic promotion from the Bostik League North Division with a 3-0 win at Barking.

Potters Bar Town's Jordan Lawal puts Quentin Monville under pressure as the Bar Army look on. Picture: TERRY GILBERTPotters Bar Town's Jordan Lawal puts Quentin Monville under pressure as the Bar Army look on. Picture: TERRY GILBERT

It sends the Scholars to step three of the non-league pyramid for the first time in their history.

With the major restructure of divisions at that level still to be finalised, it is unclear which division they will go into but the likelihood is there will be a number of mouth-watering local games, something that has Ringrose very excited.

He said: “We’ve got the excitement of playing the likes of Hendon, Wingate & Finchley and Enfield to look forward to.

“We’ve played them before in cups but they will be great occasions when we play them in the league.

Potters Bar keeper Berkley Laurencin punches clear. Picture: Terry GilbertPotters Bar keeper Berkley Laurencin punches clear. Picture: Terry Gilbert

“I would think us having a decent mid-table finish next year will be the target.”

The Scholars’ promotion caught many out. They were having a good season with the play-offs very much on the radar, but their form after the New Year saw them rapidly rise the table.

It left them in control of a four-way battle for the final automatic place, something they knew a win would bring.

And two goals from Eoin Casey, and one from James Budden sent the already excited travelling army of fans delirious.

Potters Bar Town were promoted automatically after a 3-0 win at Barking. Picture: Terry GilbertPotters Bar Town were promoted automatically after a 3-0 win at Barking. Picture: Terry Gilbert

The players, however, were much calmer.

Ringrose said: “There was a calmness and an assurance about the boys. Their preparation was excellent and that makes a massive difference.

“We had a couple of chances before James Budden’s towering header put us ahead.”

Early goals elsewhere weren’t enough to knock Bar out of their stride either, although news from around the grounds was kept away from the pitch.

Alan Taylor sends in a cross (pic Terry Gilbert)Alan Taylor sends in a cross (pic Terry Gilbert)

He said: “If you start worrying about that it can affect you and to be fair the lads weren’t interested.

“They knew what they had to do and they did it.

“It’s a great achievement.”

“Realistically we would like to add to the squad, a few more senior players, but there’s a good majority of these lads who will want to stay.

Action from Barking's clash with Potters Bar (pic Terry Gilbert)Action from Barking's clash with Potters Bar (pic Terry Gilbert)

“What I liked about Saturday was apart from the 16 selected, the rest of the squad who weren’t involved all came down to Barking to watch and support.

“It was great to see.”

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