Potters Bar Town ‘not at the races’ as FA Trophy run ends with Horsham defeat

PUBLISHED: 18:06 10 November 2018 | UPDATED: 18:06 10 November 2018

Potters Bar Town's Lee O'Leary. Picture: KARYN HADDON

Potters Bar Town's Lee O'Leary. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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New Potters Bar Town management duo Scott Cousins and Lee O’Leary felt the Scholars didn’t deserve any luck as Horsham scored with two minutes to go to dump them out of the FA Trophy.

It had been a gritty if unspectacular game with the energy levels of Bar well down on their usual high standards.

And even though things looked like they were improving after the break, a disappointing first 45 minutes wasn’t good enough for the pair.

Cousins said: “Someone said it wasn’t deserved as we came off the pitch but to be honest with you we weren’t at the races in the first half.

“I know they scored right at the end but they probably should have been ahead at half-time.

“You can’t play any game of football for just 45 minutes so on the balance of the two halves we got what we deserved.

“A goal at the end always seems horrible but we deserved no more than a replay at most.”

Other than a bad result on Tuesday away at Dorking Wanderers, the Scholars have looked perky since the change in the dugout.

This performance at Culver Road was anything but though and Cousins said his players didn’t react to the efforts of the lower-league Hornets.

He said: “We just didn’t start the game well. We told them to match the work rate, the energy and the running of Horsham, because we knew they were playing a team from the team above and would be chomping at the bit.

“We had to match that before we could start to play our football. Maybe one or two did that but the rest let themselves down in the first half.

“We’ve drawn a team from the league below on a lovely surface but it doesn’t matter which level the opposition are. If you’re not willing to run and work hard, you won’t win.”

O’Leary, who is still combining playing with his new managerial role, was in full agreement and thought the display in Sussex was completely out of the blue.

He said: “It’s not been easy [since taking over]. We’re down on numbers and we’re trying to get some fresh bodies through the door but apart from that the boys’ attitude has been spot on.

“The training sessions have been nice and sharp, nice and bubbly so today came as a bit of a shock.

“Like Scott said if you don’t turn up with the right attitude, you won’t get any result in football unless you get lucky.

“And we didn’t deserve any luck today.”

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