Steve Ringrose vents frustration at FA as Potters Bar Town face day of destiny

PUBLISHED: 15:05 24 April 2018 | UPDATED: 15:32 24 April 2018

Top scorer Eoin Casey scored twice against Waltham Abbey on Saturday.	Picture: KARYN HADDON

Top scorer Eoin Casey scored twice against Waltham Abbey on Saturday. Picture: KARYN HADDON

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Manager Steve Ringrose has expressed his frustrations at the system used by the FA that has cost Potters Bar Town three valuable points this season.

The Bostik North Division side are one of many teams across the non-league pyramid that have had points deducted this term for fielding an ineligible player.

But like the vast majority of those clubs, the Scholars penalty was only awarded retrospectively after an error in the FA’s database was rectified.

It was then discovered that a player had picked up six bookings but because they had originally been spread across two records, Bar had played him against Norwich United in November.

Speaking to the Potters Bar Edition Ringrose said: “I don’t expect to get the points back but it’s happening to so many teams and it’s the excuse that it’s the club’s responsibility that is the frustrating part.

“The system is not fit for purpose. Most of the teams that have been done have been checking the FA’s database and not finding the duplicate records.

“And it’s almost double jeopardy because you get fined by the FA and then the league punishes you as well.

“A professional aspect is needed. Clubs are manned by volunteers. If our secretary is away on business he won’t be able to update the database and others then go in and create duplicates.”

The penalty could cost the Scholars an automatic spot with their destiny going to the last day of the season after a 3-0 win away to Waltham Abbey on Saturday.

However, Ringrose will not use that as an excuse if they fall into the play-offs.

“We’ve had a good season,” he said. “It’s certainly not the be all and end all.

“All credit to James Duncan. I gave him a more hands-on role to develop and he’s taken it to it.

“The lads have been absolutely magnificent. We’ve two of the top scorers in the league and the defence has been superb too.

“We probably didn’t think we’d be this high at the start of the season. To be challenging for automatic promotion on the last day is great.

“It’s tremendous credit to everyone, on and off the pitch.

“There’s a different mindset now and we are a different club, a much more progressive club.”

Bar go to Barking on Saturday while main rivals Bowers & Pitsea host Brentwood Town, after facing Hertford Town in their game in hand tonight (Tuesday).


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