New bosses making slow but steady progress at Potters Bar Town

PUBLISHED: 10:32 12 November 2018

Lee O'Leary in action for Potters Bar Town. 

Picture: Karyn Haddon

Lee O'Leary in action for Potters Bar Town. Picture: Karyn Haddon


Potters Bar Town’s management team of Scott Cousins and Lee O’Leary are loving life their new roles at the Pakex Stadium and say progress has already been made despite their exit from the FA Trophy on Saturday.

The 1-0 loss against Horsham followed a defeat to Bostik Premier League leaders Dorking Wanderers on Tuesday night.

But those were only the first two reversals suffered under the new regime who took over following the departure of James Duncan to Chesham United.

And despite being left with a small squad as a number of players followed the former boss to The Meadow, Cousins says the pair are relishing the challenge.

“We’re loving it,” said Cousins. “They’re a good group of lads and the core of the team is young.

“We’re trying to change the style and way we’re playing to be more attacking and it’s going to take time. It’s not going to happen overnight.

“But we’re slowly but surely scoring more goals. Tuesday was a bad result against Dorking and the Horsham result came out of the blue.

“We didn’t see this coming in terms of the work-rate and effort.

“We’ve got a week off now and we have to dust ourselves off and prepare for the tough run of games we’ve got coming.”

The dynamic between joint managers has to be in sync more often than not and Cousins, who played with O’Leary at Hendon. says that isn’t a problem for either of them.

He said: “We speak all the time during the week anyway and I’m from a coaching background anyway so I love taking the training and the warm-up.

“Lee has his say in the changing room before the game and at half-time but because he’s still playing we try to leave him to concentrate on that.

“If he’s thinking about too much, his performance could be affected.”

And the centre-midfielder says the changeover in the dugout hasn’t brought any new targets or goals for the Scholars’ squad.

“The expectation at the start of the season was to remain in the division and the goalposts haven’t moved,” said O’Leary.

“If we stay in the league it’s a successful season, especially considering the size of the club and the resources we’re working with.

“It will be tough but it’s a challenge we’re looking forward to.”

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