Wet weather puts Potters Bar Town’s game with St Ives in doubt

PUBLISHED: 15:41 06 February 2014 | UPDATED: 15:41 06 February 2014

Manager Jack Friend

Manager Jack Friend

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Potters Bar Town’s match at home to St Ives this Saturday is in doubt as the torrential weather continues.

Scholars’ boss Jack Friend said he was “doubtful” the game would go ahead, but the club are making every effort to get the pitch playable.

“The club have been trying to get machinery on the pitch to try and break up soil under the surface in order for the pitch to drain, but they weren’t able to do it simply because it’s too wet,” said the 23-year-old.

Even if Saturday’s match does go ahead, Town are facing the prospect of playing seven games between now and the end of the month, including five in the space of 10 days, in an effort to reduce the backlog of games.

The team have been training at the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield as well as playing a friendly fixture against Royston Town Reserves, which they won 3-1, and an in-house fixture against a mixture of reserve and youth players.

Whether Saturday’s game goes ahead or not, Friend knows that when his side do take on St Ives, they’ll be in for a tough game.

“They’re a direct team, very physical but that’s sort of standard for teams in our league so we expect them to be a good outfit.

“They’ll be solid at the back, they wont give too much away, but I think our passing style of play is quite often problematic for other teams it’s just, in recent weeks we’ve been giving teams easy goals so we’ve made things difficult for ourselves.”

Town went down 2-1 in the reverse fixture back in October after some contentious refereeing decisions, and Friend is hoping to set the record straight.

“I think it will be a good game, an interesting game and hopefully an opportunity for us to get some sort of revenge for earlier in the season.

“I remember that game quite clearly and we were all over them for the last half an hour, we felt we should have won two penalties and weren’t given anything so we’ll be very keen to play on Saturday.”

A pitch inspection is expected to take place on Saturday morning in order to give the ground the best chance of drying out.


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