Potters Bar Town just two games from Red Insure Cup final and boss Steve Ringrose is feeling the buzz
PUBLISHED: 17:09 09 February 2016 | UPDATED: 17:10 09 February 2016
With Potters Bar Town attempting to reach the Red Insure Cup semi-finals tomorrow night (Wednesday), Steve Ringrose believes there is the same buzz around the Pakex Stadium as there was in west London when he previously lifted the same trophy with Hillingdon Borough eight years ago.
The Scholars travel to fellow Southern League Division One Central side Aylesbury United in good heart having avoided defeat in their last five league and cup games, including a penalty-shootout victory over Southern League Premier Division outfit Slough Town in the previous round of the competition last month.
Their knockout heroics seem to have lifted spirits at the club and Ringrose feels they could achieve something special in the cup this season.
Manager Ringrose told the Potters Bar Edition: “All the lads are buzzing about the game because we know we’ve got a great chance of progressing to the final four.
“It reminds me a lot of when I was manager of Hillingdon Borough and we beat Clevedon Town to win the Errea Cup (Southern League Cup) back in 2008.
“Everyone is really positive and there’s a great atmosphere around the place. Everyone is enjoying their football right now.”
There is added spice for Bar, having sunk to a 1-0 league defeat at the struggling Ducks earlier in the season, United’s only home league triumph of the term.
Ringrose is hoping some familiar faces to the hosts can swing the tie in their favour though.
He continued: “Eoin Casey and Billy Adcock have both been great additions to the squad since they signed with us, ironically from Aylesbury United, in November.
“Their old manager left and they decided they didn’t want to do the travelling anymore so we were happy to take them both.
“Casey’s pace up front has been frightening and Adcock has helped us become a lot more solid at the back.
“I’m sure they’ll want to play their best in front of their old supporters and hopefully that will give us the edge.”
Bar’s unbeaten run was supplemented by Saturday’s devastating 4-0 league victory over Beaconsfield SYCOB.
In strong windy conditions the Scholars dealt with the weather better than the visitors and as the game wore on looked more assured and superior in all departments of the game.
Chances were few and far between in the first half but on 41 minutes Casey was brought down on the edge of the box and skipper Garry Jones slotted home the penalty for a deserved lead.
The second half saw the home side continue to influence the game in all areas, be more creative and always looking dangerous and further well-worked goals from the hard-working Casey, Jones and Chris Doyle in added time gave a scoreline that was fully reflective of a solid all-round team performance.
Ben Goode ensured a clean sheet with a tremendous push over from a blank range header.
The triumph lifted Bar above Ware, who lost their seventh straight league game, into the Division One Central top 12.