Potters Bar Town looking to cause FA Cup upset

Eoin Casey chases down a defender

Eoin Casey chases down a defender

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Potters Bar Town's players have already exceeded expectations by reaching the FA Cup fourth round qualifying, but they are daring to dream of upsetting Chesham United on Saturday to reach the first round proper.

The club from the Pakex Stadium have never progressed to the that stage of the competition and will be underdogs at the weekend.

However, having already knocked out two sides from the leagues above on their cup run they are now looking for a hat-trick by winning at Southern League Premier Division Chesham.

Manager Steve Ringrose, said: “The adrenaline for any player kicks in when it comes to progressing in the FA Cup. It’s a game and something for them to go and enjoy. It will be the biggest game in club’s history.

“At the start of the season we asked the players for three rounds in the FA Cup and we have gone four so far so have exceeded expectations.”

There are plenty of familiarities between Bar and Chesham, with United’s boss Andy Leese having previously both played and managed The Scholars.

“Andy and I have known each other for many years,” said Ringrose.

“[Chesham striker] Brad Watkins is a former player and many of the players are known to each other as we train after each other midweek at the University of Hertfordshire.”

Potters Bar’s cup ran began at the preliminary round stage where they prevailed 4-1 in a replay with fellow Southern League Division One Central outfit Arlesey Town, having drawn 1-1 in the original fixture.

Next the Scholars saw off Chalfont St Peter 3-0 to earn a second round qualifying clash at Ryman League Premier Division Canvey Island.

A deserved 2-2 draw was followed by a 3-2 home win.

That result against a side from one league above handed them a tie with Bath City from two higher, National League South.

A goalless home draw was followed by an away replay that was 1-1 after 90 minutes and extra-time.

The Scholars though dumped Bath out of the cup with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out success.

Ringrose added: “Against Canvey I felt we deserved to win and as for Bath we set up to play a certain way, defended well, scored the away goal and it paid off for us.”

Ringrose will be now be looking to mastermind another cup success to make club cup history and add further prize money to the pot.

Follow @WHTsport on Twitter for updates from Saturday’s clash.

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