Praise for 'unbelievable boys' as Potters Bar clinch safety

PUBLISHED: 08:32 24 April 2019 | UPDATED: 09:40 24 April 2019

Josh Hutchinson scored Potters Bar Town's only goal in the game at Enfield. Picture: DANNY LOO

Josh Hutchinson scored Potters Bar Town's only goal in the game at Enfield. Picture: DANNY LOO

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A 3-1 defeat away to Enfield Town could not dampen the spirits of joint managers Lee O'Leary and Scott Cousins as they guided Potters Bar Town to safety in their first season in the Bostik Premier Division.

Dernell Wynter of Potters Bar FC in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOODernell Wynter of Potters Bar FC in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

Their future had been secured on Saturday with a 2-2 draw at home to Corinthian Casuals and the pair, who took over the reins of the Pakex Stadium side in October, were delighted for their players rather than themselves.

Keagan Cole of Potters Bar FC on the ball in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOKeagan Cole of Potters Bar FC on the ball in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

O'Leary said: “One point, goal difference, it wouldn't have mattered. We would have taken safety all season.

Ben Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar FC shoots towards the top corner but sees it just miss in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOBen Ward-Cochrane of Potters Bar FC shoots towards the top corner but sees it just miss in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

“It was good to get points on the board early as we knew there were tougher games coming.

Bradley Sach of Potters Bar FC in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOBradley Sach of Potters Bar FC in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

“We went through some sticky patches but in the last four or five games the boys have been unbelievable.

Marvin Morgan of Potters Bar FC in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOMarvin Morgan of Potters Bar FC in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

“That's all you can ask really, to stay in the league and push on next season.”

Joint managers of Potters Bar FC Scott Cousins and Lee O'Leary on the touchline in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOJoint managers of Potters Bar FC Scott Cousins and Lee O'Leary on the touchline in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

Cousins was in agreement, adding: “It's like the old saying, Rome wasn't built in a day.

Niko Tzanev of Potters Bar FC kicks clear in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOONiko Tzanev of Potters Bar FC kicks clear in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

“There are teams below us that are still fighting for survival that are established Isthmian clubs.

Nana Kyei of Potters Bar FC looks to get away from his marker in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOONana Kyei of Potters Bar FC looks to get away from his marker in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

“They've played hundreds of games at this level so to already be safe in our first season at step three is commendable.

Andy Lomas of Potters Bar FC is tackled in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOAndy Lomas of Potters Bar FC is tackled in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

“A lot of the players that were here when Lee and I took over could have jumped ship.

Omar Vassell of Potters Bar FC clips a ball forward in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOOmar Vassell of Potters Bar FC clips a ball forward in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

“But half of them got this club promoted last year and they've stuck around and seen it through to make sure the club stayed up.

Potters Bar FC celebrate pulling a goal back through a strike from Dernell Wynter in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOPotters Bar FC celebrate pulling a goal back through a strike from Dernell Wynter in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

“They deserve all the plaudits, all the credit. They've been magnificent for us.”

One of the new stands at Potters Bar FC in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOOne of the new stands at Potters Bar FC in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

The game at Donkey Lane saw them ship two goals in the opening 14 minutes as they struggled with the formation.

Dernell Wynter of Potters Bar FC sees a shot blocked in the run up to the equaliser in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOODernell Wynter of Potters Bar FC sees a shot blocked in the run up to the equaliser in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

But once that was changed the Scholars should have had more than just a Josh Hutchinson goal to show for their efforts.

Bradley Sach of Potters Bar FC celebrates scoring the equaliser in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOBradley Sach of Potters Bar FC celebrates scoring the equaliser in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

Cousins said: “The reason we went to the back three was that Andy Lomas has been playing with shin splints for the last three or four weeks.

Joint manager of Potters Bar FC Lee O'Leary on the touchline in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOOJoint manager of Potters Bar FC Lee O'Leary on the touchline in the match between Potters Bar Town v Corinthian Casuals. Picture: DANNY LOO

“That's admirable. He's put his body on the line but now we're safe, there's no need to put himself through that pain any more.

“We held our hands up and half-time and said we probably got the shape wrong.

“We've been on a good run and managed to pull ourselves clear and we're on the floor numbers wise.

“We only had one fit sub so we cannot have a go at the players.”

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