Potters Bar can be 'as competitive as anyone' says boss ahead of Bostik opener

PUBLISHED: 08:45 20 July 2017 | UPDATED: 08:45 20 July 2017

Potters Bar manager Steve Ringrose. Picture: DANNY LOO

Potters Bar manager Steve Ringrose. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Potters Bar Town manager Steve Ringrose is relishing the new season and believes that they should be looking at the top of the table.

The Scholars have been moved from the Southern League to the newly-named Bostik League Division One North for the new campaign, a division that Ringrose knows well.

He said: “In total I’ve probably managed more in the Bostik than I have in the Southern and I think we’ll enjoy it.

“The Bostik League is going to be a completely different experience to the Southern League. It’s a different style of football.

“We’ll see how we develop over the next few months and take if from there.

“We’d like to think we can be as competitive as anyone in that division so lets see what happens.

“We said the same last year and just missed out [on the play-offs] at the end but we were pleased with a lot of things from last season.

“The FA Cup run was spectacular and it would be nice to repeat something like that this year but at the same time we would like a stronger foothold in the league.”

Town have begun pre-season with a 6-1 win over Uxbridge on Saturday following an impressivee 2-1 success over Wingate & Finchley, who play a level above them in the Bostik League Premier Division.

Ringrose, however, is not getting carried away with things just yet.

He said: “You can’t tell anything in a pre-season. You could win all nine pre-season games and then lose the first league game, it’s as simple 
as that.

“We’ll get them properly prepared. We’ve had some good training sessions, the lads have worked hard but they’ve enjoyed it.

“It’s a question of letting people tick over and looking at some new possibilities, having a look at some of the youngsters, giving them a chance to see what they can do.

“We’ve got some good players who can pass the ball and we’ve got some good players who can put a foot in when needed.

“And we’ve still got players missing. As pre-season progresses hopefully things will settle down but this is silly season, I’ve always said that.

It’s like a jigsaw, you know the pieces you want but will they all fit together? Time will tell.”

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