'No surprise just pleasure' after Potters Bar battle to Hereford draw

PUBLISHED: 17:50 11 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:50 11 November 2017

Michael Murray almost snatched victory for Potters Bar late on. Picture: Mark Long

Michael Murray almost snatched victory for Potters Bar late on. Picture: Mark Long

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Potters Bar Town assistant manager James Duncan said their 0-0 draw at Hereford in the FA Trophy shouldn't be a surprise to anyone.

The Scholars frustrated their former Football League hosts and could have nicked it late on with Michael Murray’s late deflected effort only just being saved.

But Duncan says after victory over Bishop’s Stortford early this season, and the games against Hampton & Richmond Borough and Bath City in the FA Cup, this result once again proves they can mix it at the higher level.

He said: “We knew it was going to be back-to-the-walls but it’s what we set up for.

“I thought first half we were quite comfortable but second half they came at us and the fitness told a bit.

“We’ve got a lot of boys who have played at a higher level so there used to it. Other than David Sota we’ve got an experienced side.

“That performance doesn’t surprise me at all as they’ve played at that level before.

“It’s not surprising but it is pleasing.”

Manager Steve Ringrose agreed, saying: “They’re only a league above but at the same time you have to give them respect because they are a sleeping giant.

“We knew it was going to be hard and we knew it was going to be difficult but credit to the lads because they worked hard.

“And that’s all you want.”

The final word though went to the 17 fans who made the journey from Hertfordshire and certainly made themselves known in the crowd of 1,368.

Duncan said: “I know we don’t get big crowds but those guys go everywhere, whether it’s a Tuesday or a Saturday. They are always there.

“It’s a nice day out for them and I’m glad we put in a performance.

“I’m sure we’ll get a few neutral fans coming to the replay as well with the draw of a big club like Hereford.”

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