FA Cup: James Duncan puts Potters Bar Town’s FA Cup exit at Hanwell down to “one of those games”

PUBLISHED: 17:55 08 September 2018 | UPDATED: 17:57 08 September 2018

Potters Bar Town exited the FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat at Hanwell Town.

Potters Bar Town exited the FA Cup with a 2-1 defeat at Hanwell Town.


A philosophical James Duncan couldn’t put his finger on the reason for Potters Bar Town’s exit from the FA Cup and admitted it was probably just “one of those games”.

The Scholars boss watched his side come from a goal down, conceded in first-half injury time, to draw level but only to see an effort from Calum Duffy 15 minutes from time give Hanwell Town a 2-1 win and send them through to the next round.

And he admitted it wasn’t a vintage cup tie with his own side a little off the pace.

He said: “It’s a little bit tough to take but I thought it was a very bitty game and it lacked a bit of quality from both sides to be fair, apart from the goals.

“I thought their goals were excellent and I thought our goal was good as well, Dernall [Wynter] took it well.

“But apart from that both sides never settled into the game and nobody showed any quality.

“And we’ve got to be disappointed with the way we performed. Our tempo was slow and we looked sluggish.

“They’ve only had one shot in the second half and they’ve scored but in a way we only have ourselves to blame because we haven’t done ourselves justice today.

“It’s a bit of a strange one. Obviously we got beat last week but that was late on and we’ve doing alright.

“It may just be one of those games.

“We’ve got everyone available so there’s nothing to do with personnel and it may just be one of those games.

“It was always going to be tough today but there’s no reason for it.”

The disappointment was doubled with the prize money on offer from the FA this year far in advance of anything over the past few years.

He said: “Steve [Ringrose] and I have been at the club for four years and our previous cup runs have always been good and two years ago we got to the fourth qualifying round.

We’ve still banked £3,000 but there was £6,000 on offer today which is a great incentive from the FA for lower league clubs.

“But we’ll dust ourselves down and get back to the league campaign. We’ve got to go on a run now.

“We’re still finding our feet. Last week at Merstham was the first time we struggled but the other games we’ve held our own and picked up points.

“So we’re happy with that and we’ve got two big games to look forward to in the next week or so.”

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