Potters Bar Town ready for life in Southern League
PUBLISHED: 14:33 15 August 2013 | UPDATED: 14:33 15 August 2013
POTTERS Bar Town begin life in the Calor Southern League Division One Central on Saturday having made the switch from the Ryman League Division One North.
The Scholars kick-off their campaign against former Conference side Kettering Town at the Pakex Stadium (3pm).
Club chairman Peter Waller told the Potters Bar Edition: “We had expected the move would come one day as we sit on the boundary of the two leagues.
“It will be nice to play some new clubs, we have played a few of them before and had pre-season games with some of them.
“It should be less miles overall to away games and since Enfield Town were promoted out of Division One North we didn’t have any real local derbies left that affected the gate.
“All it means is we will be travelling the other way around the M25.”
Bar boss Adam Lee admitted to being apprehensive about the switch to begin with, however he now sees plenty of positives from it.
“Initially it was a concern, but for me I’m OK with it and the players are fine with it,” he said.
“There’s four games less than the Ryman and we wont have to go the other side of Norfolk for matches, it will be mostly around the M25 and M40.
“We will have to try to do a little bit of work in terms of the opposition, we know a few sides.
“However, we will also be a bit of an unknown quality for many of them so it works both ways.”
In terms of results, Potters Bar have had a mixed pre-season campaign.
From nine games they have lost five, won three and drawn one, however previous years have shown this form matters little when the blood and thunder of competitive action kicks in.
“Last year we lost our last pre-season game 5-0 and had a good start in the league, so I don’t worry too much about the results,” said Lee after Saturday’s 4-0 home loss to Skrill Conference South side Boreham Wood.
“It’s all about getting the players to gel and being ready for the first league game.
“The majority of players have stayed from last season, some have gone of course, we are still looking to add one or two before Saturday, but if not we’ll go with what we have got.
About Saturday’s opponents, Lee added: “A few years ago if we were playing Kettering that would mean we were in the Conference, however they had obviously had their problems and are in this league now.
“After them we play Rugby Town and then Royston Town [both away] so it is a tough start, but it will give us a good gauge as to where we are.”
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