Potters Bar Town continue FA Cup giant-killing role by beating Bath City
PUBLISHED: 11:09 06 October 2016 | UPDATED: 11:13 06 October 2016
Potters Bar Town upset the odds again as they equalled a club record by reaching the FA Cup fourth round qualifying for only the second time after a penalty shoot-out success in their replay with National League South Bath City.
Keeper Ravan Constable saved two in the shoot-out to ensure his side collected the £7,500 prize money and progress to the next stage.
Following their goalless draw at the Pakex Stadium on Saturday, the two went head-to-head at Twerton Park on Tuesday with the winners knowing a tie away at Chesham United in the next round would be at stake.
Bar, underdogs playing two divisions lower than their hosts, kept their shape well as the home team applied early pressure.
Town’s Will Wambeek headed off the line to keep his side on level terms before Bath went ahead.
A missed clearance in the 19th minute from near the penalty spot fell for Billy Murphy who fired home.
However, Steve Ringrose’s men were not to be behind for too long as just before the break, Bar won the ball in midfield and it was played forward to Michael Murray to run on to and beat the keeper to level.
The second half was to be similar to the first but the home side were beginning to become a little more desperate and therefore more direct and less dangerous.
However, the Scholars continued to win tackles, clear crosses and those that did get through were dealth with by Constable.
After 90 minutes the game was tied 1-1 and so the clash entered extra-time.
No goals followed in the extra 30 minutes so the tie was settled by a penalty shoot-out.
Constable was the hero saving two kicks while Chris Doyle, Wambeek, Lamar Simpson and Joe Bennett all scored their to hand Bar a famous 4-3 shoot-out win.
Bar had also beaten higher placed opponents, Ryman League Premier Division Canvey Island, in the previous round so will look forward to the meeting with Southern League Premier Chesham United on Saturday, October 15.