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Good Evening and welcome to Cheshunt Stadium. We extend a special welcome to the players, officials and supporters of neighbours Potters Bar.
The Scholar’s last met the Ambers back in September in a match that finished in a 3-1 win for Cheshunt with former Scholar Ken Charles (2) and Zack Newton scoring our goals. The Potters Bar team of today is likely to look a bit different and with a new management team on a three game winning streak it should be a good contest.
Supporters are advised our 4th round Velocity Trophy tie against Bowers & Pitsea is now planned for Thursday March 10th. Here is the draw for the next round…
5th Round (Quarter-finals)
Folkestone Invicta v Barking
Horsham v Heywards Heath Town
Margate v Carshalton Athletic
Haringey Borough v Cheshunt or Bowers & Pitsea
Semi-finals must be played by Thursday 24th March so expect another Thursday evening fixture, with the Final to be on Wednesday 13th April at Aveley.
The appalling events taking place in the Ukraine currently are generating a refugee crisis, as a club we will be seeking to assist with this in the longer term, to support the immediate needs a collection for the Red Cross will take place tonight, please consider a donation to help the Ukrainian people impacted by the tragic events unfolding in their own country.
Enjoy the game today
Please note Cheshunt FC operates a No Dogs policy. (except Assistance Dogs)
You are responsible for your own children on the site, unless they are participating in an organised event at the site with qualified staff.
Waysider has delved into his archives to come up with previous Cheshunt results on March 1st. How many do you remember?
On this day 1st March
|1947||Dagenham British Legion||London League Div 1||A||0-3|
|1952||Woodford Town||Delphian League||A||1-5||Spiller.|
|1958||Eton Manor||London League||A||0-2|
|1966||Herne Bay||Athenian Div 2||H||2-1||Gray,Kitchener.|
|1969||Walton & Hersham||Athenian League||H||0-1|
|1975||Eastbourne United||Athenian League||A||0-0|
|1977||Rainham Town||Isthmian Div 2||A||2-3||Kiff,Reeves.|
|1980||Worthing||Isthmian Div 2||A||2-2||Cook,Poole.|
|1994||Oxford City||Isthmian Div 3||H||90||2-0||Francois 2.|
|1997||Banstead Athletic||Isthmian Div 2||H||39||0-2|
|2003||Witham Town||Isthmian Div 2||H||74||3-1||Cox 2,Archer.|
|2005||St Albans City||Herts Senior Cup||A||88||0-1|
|2008||Corby Town||Southern Premier||H||210||1-5||Taylor.|
|2011||Barnet||Herts Senior Cup SF||H||0-1|
|2014||Erith & Belvedere||Isthmian Div 1N||H||140||3-2||Cooper, Marshall, Sem|
Welcome to Theobalds Lane for tonight’s Isthmian Premier League match against our local rivals Potters Bar Town. Tonight I extend my welcome to Peter Waller and the directors and officials of Potters Bar Town. I hope you enjoy our hospitality.
The world is currently overshadowed by the war in Ukraine. The damage and devastation is unimaginable as towns are destroyed, lives are lost, and families and communities are torn apart.
We are a small community club, and we stand by the communities and people of Ukraine. We will soon be launching a campaign to help support the Ukrainian refugees who are fleeing their country.
Our aim is to use the club as a base and co-ordination centre from which to collect boxes of items from our community and send them to those most in need who are escaping the war. If we can bring joy or hope to one child, mother or father, then we will have made a difference.
We are currently finalising the details of the campaign. Please check the website and social media channels for updates and information on how you can take part.
Please give your great support for the team tonight, and help us to help the people of Ukraine.
Enjoy the game.
The Ambers continued their good cup form with a convincing 4-2 win over Isthmian North team Brentwood Town on Tuesday last. After two matches falling to the weather the Ambers were keen to get back to competitive football and the opening quarter showed it. Mo Camara starting in the nine shirt was a handful for the experienced Brentwood back line and this bought debutant Kayne Diedrick Roberts and Zack Newton into the game with opportunities to run at defenders.
Cheshunt pressure forced a number of corners, and on twenty minutes Taylor Mackenzie called for & won his header to score low in the bottom left corner.
Former Amber Connor Hogan was busy in the Brentwood midfield & former Ambers striker Ash Nzala looked back to his best and a threat up top. However it was the Ambers who doubled their lead when Mo Camara flicked a throw in to Joe Re who rolled his marker & played a cross field pass forty yards into the path of Kayne Diedrick Roberts who collected the ball in his stride and rifled a shot low into the same corner Mackenzie had found. 2-0 to Cheshunt at half time.
The second half saw Cheshunt adjust with Mo Camara carrying a slight knock, Reece Beckles Richards replaced him. Brentwood had reorganised too and were pressing higher up the pitch, their energy was rewarded when Cheshunt sought to play the ball out of the back, a pass to keeper Preston Edwards had him stretching & as his touch took the ball away Nzala nipped in, with his back to goal he took the ball further away to deny Edwards the opportunity to recover, and then clipped a goal bound shot over the stranded keeper to halve the deficit.
Cheshunt tightened up at the back & the pace of the impressive Diedrick Roberts & Zack Newton had Brentwood backing off defending their box again, conscious of the space behind a high line, another Cheshunt corner was the cue for a three minute goal spree. Another deep Diedrick Roberts corner was initially cleared, but only as far as the corner taker, he returned the ball back to the far post & Adam Crowther stole in to head home from close range and a tight angle.
Brentwood restarted, a pass into Nzala with his back to goal was controlled and he timed a reverse pass into the feet of Daniel Ogunleye as he ran into the Cheshunt penalty area, Edwards came out to meet him but the winger managed to pass the ball into the corner past his outstretched left arm, deficit back to one, but not for long, the kick off saw Cheshunt move the ball initially backwards before Adam Crowther launched a longer ball forward, Brentwood initially dealt with the threat, but Joe Re picked up the loose ball centrally, ran at the defence and played a tight 1-2 with Beckles Richards, continuing his run beyond the defence to shoot unimpeded and restore the two goal cushion.
Cheshunt can be pleased with the steady stream of chances created throughout the match, they could have had more goals in the closing stages, but the four were enough to see them through to a tie v Bowers & Pitsea in the 4th round, a match v Haringey Borough away in the the last eight of the competition the prize to the winner.
Zack Newton wheels away after scoring against Potters Bar in September
Firstly I’d like to welcome Sammy and his team to the lane for tonight’s game.
I’d also like to welcome our match officials and hope they have an enjoyable game.
After losing only 1 in 19 our great trophy run badly impacted on our league form dropping us from 2nd to 10th, however we have got ourselves back on track with 4 good wins. With us playing every Saturday and Tuesday and going into Thursdays now too, especially if we progress in the two cups we’re in, it will take a monumental effort in the next couple of months. If anyone can do it the squad of players we have can. I have every faith in them.
Would I have changed our trophy run? No chance.
Saturday saw us beat Kingstonian well. I thought we controlled the game without creating the chances it merited. The game became quite scrappy with the conditions playing a big part.
Potters Bar have improved in recent weeks and will provide tough opposition. We will be looking to continue to build our recent momentum. It makes for a good contest.
Enjoy the Match !
Isthmian League Premier Division
Cheshunt FC 1 v Kingstonian FC 0
Saturday 26th February 2022
Cheshunt started the day in 10th Place in the Isthmian Premier Division, with the chance to close the gap on the team above them, Carshalton Athletic.
The sun shone brightly over Theobalds Lane as Kingstonian kicked us off for the first half.
The Ambers started with intent, winning their first corner just 3 minutes into the game. The away side sustained substantial pressure in the opening 10 minutes. Cheshunt’s strong start continued, winning a series of corners, challenging the Kingstonian defence, but failing to test their keeper, Serine Sanneh.
As the 15-minute mark approached, Kingstonian at last managed to retain some possession after Cheshunt had dominated the ball pretty much from kick-off. The visitors launched a couple of attacks, however never looked too threatening, as they failed to get the ball past the Amber’s defence.
Chances were few and far between for majority of the first half. Home team midfielder Amadou Kassarate forced an effort on goal , as did Rowan Liburd. The striker, who has returned to the club permanently, saw his headed effort just slide wide of the post.
Kingstonian did pose a threat from set play as the Ambers conceded a free kick outside the area on their left flank. The ball was floated in to the far post , but Enock Ekongo reached highest to clear the danger, giving his keeper little work to do.
As half-time neared, the Ambers had massive claim for a handball in the penalty area, with the players and fans in dismay at the referee’s dismissal of their claims, waving play on to continue. Cheshunt had plenty of possession in the first half but the quality and final ball needed in the final third had just been missing. The teams went into the dressing rooms level at half-time with work for the managers to do.
Before the second half got under way, Cheshunt were forced into a change, with Goalkeeper George Marsh being substituted through injury (a muscle strain) being replaced by England C international Preston Edwards.
Kingstonian looked more dangerous moving forward as the second half got underway, but the Cheshunt defence continued to put on a very strong display.
Kingstonian number 10 Walter Figueira had his first shot of the game, getting it on target to bring keeper Preston Edwards into action, he got down well to gather the ball and make a comfortable save. Kingstonian continued their pressure, enjoying more of the possession briefly and they won a free kick after some good build up play. Fabio Saraivo was the man on set-pieces for the away side, he saw his effort from the right fizz across the box with no one making a connection.
The Ambers absorbed the pressure from Kingstonian well and then went back on the offensive, they were eventually rewarded for doing so. Jamie Reynolds picked up a ball which was played beautifully into the box by Amadou Kassarate. The midfielder was a force all day in the middle of the park, cleaning up and moving the Ambers forward towards goal. His pass found Reynolds perfectly on the edge of the area, and Kingstonian goalkeeper Serine Sanneh misjudged and mistimed his advance and moved towards Reynolds a little too quickly. Reynolds was brought down in the challenge, advantage was played and the ball fell to number 9 Rowan Liburd, who was available to stroke the ball home from close range to give Cheshunt the lead.
As the clock ticked towards full-time, Liburd found himself with another opportunity, after some good link up play between himself and Reece Beccles-Richards. Beccles-Richards played a brilliant inside pass into Liburd which he got a hold of as he unleashed a powerful shot from just outside the box. The K’s keeper Serine Sanneh managed keep Liburd’s effort out, parrying it away from goal.
Cheshunt saw the game out comfortably, it was a game in which they always just had the edge, but could have slipped up. They take a much needed 3 points and a second win into their game on Tuesday, against local rivals; Potters Bar.
LOOK BACK IN AMBER
By Jim Tuite
Cheshunt 4-2 Potters Bar Town
Ryman League Division One North
Saturday 3rd March 2009
Tonight we look back almost exactly twelve years to Potters Bar first-ever visit to Theobalds Lane in a league game! It may surprise some readers to learn that, whilst our near-neighbours are now a regular league fixture, that was not always the case and it is a measure of how far Potters Bar Town have come in the past twenty years that a meeting between our two Clubs is very much a clash of equals.
That Saturday saw an entertaining game in the driving rain. After a dismal performance against Ilford the previous Saturday, Glyn ‘Mace’ Masons side were looking to make amends, and with Dan Bradford and Kai Ramshaw back in the team after injuries, things looked promising.
Manager Glyn Mason.
Neither side threatened for the first fifteen minutes, with only a few pot-shots going wide or over, and there was little rhythm to the game. Ambers skipper Glen Parry picked up a booking in the eighteenth minute, before keeper Ashley Harris looked to continue his form against Ilford by palming away a good free-kick. Potters Bar’s Joe O’Brien got himself booked on twenty-two minutes for a foul on Kai Ramshaw.
Michael Pelley made a great tackle and set Mervin Abraham away down the left. His cross evaded Ashley-Taylor-Forbes and Simpson at the back post blazed way over, disappointing for the youngster. On the half-hour mark, a corner from Simpson teased the area, but nobody could get a touch before it was eventually cleared. Cheshunt did well to score in the first-half, as they were playing into the rain, but on thirty-four minutes, Ramshaw’s free-kick was brilliantly tipped onto the bar by Richard Wilmott, but Pelley was there to pounce and prod home to give Cheshunt the lead.
Sam Adejokun was looking the most dangerous for the visitors, causing problems in the Ambers defence, and he saw a low shot well saved by Harris six minutes before the break. A soft Cheshunt header was then cleared from the line, before there was a real scare. Harris came charging off his line and attempted a scissor-kick, completely mis-kicking the ball. Luckily he got the tackle in afterwards to deny Adejokun an easy goal. He then had to make another good save as he punched away a curling shot by Aryan Tajbaksh.
The second-half saw Cheshunt playing with the rain behind them, which certainly made things easier. Early in the half, the visitors Ola Williams’ great ball from the right – yes, he’s been around that long – was met by Lewis Jones, who’s powerful effort was just a whisker over the bar. Five minutes in, there were appeals for a penalty by Potters Bar, after Parry’s tackle on Adejokun, but the referee waved away the appeal. Harris then went down injured after a massive goalmouth scramble, which was eventually cleared, but he continued playing after treatment. On sixty-four minutes, a short free-kick was played to Harrison, and he hit a piledriver from the edge of the area which was pushed in by the opposing goalkeeper Wilmott.
Potters Bar hit back just moments later though, as a cross from the left was met by Adejokun’s glancing header for 2-1. On seventy-three minutes, Bradford went up for an aerial ball with Wilmott outside the area, with both men both going down, and Ramshaw was left an easy goal. One minute later Bradford got on the scoresheet himself. Abraham’s shot bounced comically over the goalkeepers head and Bradford poached the goal, tapping it in from a yard. Potters Bar got one back five minutes from time through Jones, as he robbed Harris and rolled the ball in.
Nonetheless, it was a much more confident performance from the Ambers and, though the play-off places were way out of touch, Maces side fought their way to a Herts Senior Cup final a month later where they were unlucky to lose to a Stevenage Borough side, largely composed of their Academy side. The season came to an uneventful end and Mace was not retained for the following campaign.
Cheshunt: Harris, Pelley, Parry, Thorogood, Johns, Harrison, Taylor-Forbes, Ramshaw (Churchouse 82′), Bradford (Mitchell 87′), Simpson (Tresadern 66′), Abraham
Unused: Taylor, Pigden
Potters Bar: Wilmott, Spencer, Roberts (Wilson 79′), Jones, Barrows, Odayo, Williams, O’Brien, Adejokun, Bolt (Harrison-Barker 71′), Tajbaksh (Mitchell 79′)
There are times I genuinely do feel sorry for referees. It’s not too often I admit it but just occasionally they are as much the victim as the paying customer is and I’d like to assume that they are as angry as we are at the antics of certain players and coaches.
I watched an interview with an old referee not so long back who was asked if he could change one thing what would it be. His response was simple. Get a separate timekeeper to take that responsibility off the overburdened ref. It makes sense, doesn’t it?
If you go back twenty years the referee’s duties were much less, now we have refs having to work with VAR, they must manage additional substitutions, there have been more rule changes than you can shake a stick at and on top of that we have a game with more gamesmanship going on than ever before. A referee’s lot is not always a happy one.
I don’t mean the occasional sly tackle or the odd dubious penalty claim, I mean the more modern approach to skulduggery, the new implementation of the dark arts that mean refs don’t just need eyes in the back of their head but probably in the soles of their feet as well.
What I see now is enough to make your head spin. Players constantly waving imaginary cards, players doing dives Tom Daley would struggle to complete, and players with more elbows that an octopus. I never ever wanted to be a ref but I’m bloody sure I wouldn’t even run a Sunday morning game these days. There’s so much cheating I’m surprised the ref doesn’t just tie his cards to his wrist, and it’s that level of gamesmanship that really bugs me in the modern game, I’m starting to think we should give the officials taser guns rather than cards.
These days I see penalties given for players who not only haven’t been fouled but who’ve dived two yards to get a good connection with their opponent. It’s mind boggling the lengths players will go to gain an advantage and put simply it’s just cheating. The poor old ref needs our sympathy not our anger, and after that perhaps a weekly session on the psychotherapist’s couch to untangle his troubled mind.
If we had a separate timekeeper advising the referee what time has been taken off, or a visible clock that showed us all what’s happening the players would know to stop play acting, and the referee can be assured the spectators aren’t worried they’ll be short changed because the opposition have decided to take more lie downs than a mattress tester.
I recently watched a game where the opposition went 1-0 up in five minutes and proceeded to spend more time on their arse than Jim Royal on Christmas Day. I was starting to think they could be charged ground rent for the amount of time they were lying around or writhing in completely unbelievable mock agony. They got their comeuppance, but really should the game be run like that?
So for me the one duty we can easily remove from a ref is that of time keeping and the quicker we do it the better, because if we can clear the game of all these cheating antics we will have a better game to watch and a lot more football time as well.
Technology has given us VAR, and goal line technology but we’ve had eyes and a watch for ever; isn’t it about time we used them!
Come On You Ambers
Come On You Ambers!!!!
The foundations for the Mount Grace Old Scholars (Potters Bar) Football Association were laid in spring 1960.
The school’s first team were having a good season, but many of the boys were due to leave at Easter. It was then that Ken Barrett; the P.E. Master of Mount Grace School asked them and old ‘Scholars’ to support him in raising a team.
We were accepted into the Barnet & District League on 29th June 1960. Ken enlisted Bert Wright, the school’s Caretaker and Sven Hammarling and then Bill Venneear. Reserve, 3rd and 4th Teams were added in the following seasons.
In 1965, the Barnet & District and Finchley & District Leagues merged to form the North London Combination. By 1967/68 we had won the Premier Division and the Reserves the Division 1 title and were admitted to Division 2 of the Herts County League.
In 1976 Bill Venneear and Clive Cavalier stepped down and Peter Waller, then the 3rd Team manager, was ‘persuaded’ to take over.
In 1978 many recommended the closure of the Club. But we continued and our three sides were relegated. But from the experience grew a desire never to repeat the mistakes again. Micky Holson became Manager and in 1981/82 we were in the Premier Division, as Division One Champions.
Clive Cavalier rejoined in 1979 and with Peter Waller planned the new Clubhouse and changing rooms. Construction started in July 1982 and in six months, with Frank Bentley’s considerable involvement and help from members, the clubhouse opened on the 9th January 1983.
In 1990/91, we reached the FA Vase 3rd round, before we came back from a 24 point deficit to win the Herts Senior County League Premier Division and the Aubrey Cup.
We accepted promotion to the South Midlands League and changed our playing name to Potters Bar Town FC, to reflect the growing stature of the club and promote the Town. Don Newman stood down as Chairman after 11 years.
We installed the Floodlight system in 1993, the Youth section was reformed in 1993/94 and FA Cup football came in 1995/96. At the end of that season, Peter Waller stepped down as Secretary, after twenty years, to become Chairman.
In 1996/97, the South Midlands Premier Division title was won, but we knew there was too much work to do to apply to the Isthmian League.
The following season, 1997/98, the club reached the quarter final of the FA Vase, going down 2-0 to Kidsgrove Athletic, only conceding in the second period of extra time. We were Runners-up in the league, but won the Challenge Trophy and the South Midlands Floodlight Cup. The Reserves went one better, winning Reserve Division One.
In 1998, Peter Waller and Eddie Harvey, secured a new 21-year lease on the ground, whilst on the site the old school was demolished, replaced by a new Ladbrooke School, Care Home, new car park and Watkins Rise. Sadly, we lost Bill Venneear in November 2000, a victim of cancer. The 150 Seater Main Stand was added in May 2001.
For Season 2001/02, Steve Smart became Manager and by 2002/03, with Paul Surridge, we achieved 3rd place in the league and won the Herts Charity Shield. The Potters Bar Charity Cup followed in 2003/04, but 2004/05 was the most successful of his 3 year reign, winning four trophies; the Spartan South Midlands League Premier Division and the Premier Division Cup, Herts Charity Shield and Potters Bar Charity Cup.
The club went on to take the title by sixteen points, remaining unbeaten in the final 19 league matches, including sixteen victories.
Off the pitch, in 6 weeks Club members and Players carried out major improvements and we passed the FA Ground grading and earned promotion to the Southern League Division 1 East for season 2005/06.
Steve Smart stepped down; Kevin Lucas was appointed, and then replaced by Andy Milne. Though we were bottom for six months, we would not give up. Andy Leese agreed to join us in February 2006 and with new players our fortunes changed and we survived relegation, finishing 16th. The club was devastated that season by the death of Ken Woodward, who had spearheaded the ground improvements.
For 2006/07, we were moved to the Ryman League Division 1 North. We enjoyed a most successful FA Cup run, losing away by 3-2 to full-time Woking, of the Conference National, in the 4th qualifying round, after wins against Waltham Abbey, Wealdstone, Maldon Town and Margate by 2-1 away. But we won the Herts FA Charity Cup, for the first time, but lost Kevin Wilmot, as Secretary. Andy Leese left in May 2007 and we appointed Steve Browne, though he resigned in December 2008.
In the summer of 2007, a spectators covered area was added and a turnstile block. All four turnstiles have a unique history, as they were all in use at the old Wembley Stadium, until it closed in 2000. Adam Lee was appointed in 2008 and for 5 years served the Club with great distinction and commitment, always improving our league position and reached the Herts Senior Cup Final in 2012/13 for the only time.
In May 2010, to celebrate our 50th year, many former players returned, including 9 who had played in the very first match in September 1960! Bert Wright, one of our ‘founders’, received the FA 50 years service Award. To commemorate the occasion, the Club reverted to Maroon shirts, the same colours that we wore in June 1960. In January 2012, Bert Wright died at the age of 93, having given the club 52 years of service. In his honour, we renamed the Main stand after him.
For 2013/14 we were back in the Southern League. In late 2013, Adam Lee stepped down, succeeded by Jack Friend, then in early 2015, by Steve Ringrose. Our Free Season Ticket Offer was launched for 2014/15 and made the national press. Sadly, we lost Eddie Harvey.
In 2015/16 we reached the semi-final of the League Cup, and then in 2016/17 we made the 4th qualifying round of the F.A. Cup for the second time, including a replay win at Bath City on penalties (our best result against a team from a higher level).
In Summer 2017 the Clubroom was totally refurbished and in August 2018, after raising £100,000 ourselves and 3 years work by John Gibbs, our new Changing Room complex was opened.
For 2017/18 we were back in the Isthmian League Division 1 North. In September 2017, Peter Waller, celebrated 50 years of service to the Club and received an FA Award. Steve Ringrose ‘promoted’ James Duncan to Head Coach and several experienced players arrived.
We started with another successful run in the FA Cup, losing to National South Play Off Finalists Hampton & Richmond Borough, whilst in the FA Trophy we fell to Southern League Premier Division Champions, Hereford, both after replays. We then targeted the Play offs, being 8th in January.
However, in our remaining 22 fixtures, we won 15 and drew 5 and came through to take 2nd spot and promotion, with a win on the final day. As a result, we proudly started 2018/19 in the Premier Division.
The 2018/19 season was to present two challenges:
One: Make the necessary ground improvements to reach the next level ground grading requirements which meant the addition of two new stands – one a 100-seater and the other a 100 standing – this was achieved on time – thanks to the hard work of club members and supporters and fund-raising and grants.
Two: Establish ourselves at step three. This we did – finishing 16th in the in the Bostik Premier League despite the departure of our management team in the season, but we again promoted from within with Lee O’Leary stepping up to player/manager and being joined by Scott Cousins as joint manager. It was another season of significant progress.
The shortened 2019/20 season was another successful one as the club solidified its position at Step three and gained national interest as we took Barnet to a replay in the FA Cup Fourth Round Qualifying, whilst the home game being shown on the BBC with a crowd 0f 2011 in attendance.
The 2020/21 season was also curtailed, with the last game being played in October, a 3-1 loss against Leatherhead. The season’s termination did not prevent us from continuing to make progress on and off the pitch however, as on the pitch we were able to enjoy a 3-0 win against Cray Wanderers, ending our opponent’s 17 game unbeaten run.
Off the pitch, further improvements were made to the renamed LA Construction Stadium, as a state-of-the-art sprinkler system, a perimeter barrier around the pitch and a new draining system were all installed, whilst the main grandstand was changed to a maroon and white colour with new seats and a repaint in order to match the new club colours.
Potters Bar Town FC
Main Club Honours
4th Qualifying Round 2007, 2016, 2019
2nd Qualifying Round 2011, 2013, 2017, 2018
Herts Senior Cup:
Herts Charity Cup:
Herts Charity Shield:
Winners 2003, 2005
Isthmian League North Division:
Runners Up 2017-18
Premier Division champions 1996-97, 2004-05
Premier Division League Cup Winners 1997, 2005
Floodlit Cup Winners 1998, 2006
Premier Division champions 1990-91
League (Aubrey) Cup Winners 1991
Potters Bar Charity Cup:
Winners 1977, 1996, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2014
North London Combination:
Premier Division champions 1967-68
New boss Sammy Moore was appointed Scholars manager in January, taking charge of his first game on the 1st of February, losing 2-3 to Cray Wanderers. Sammy is looking to put our season back on track and will be relying on a wealth of experience to do so, having previously been in charge of the likes of Concord Rangers and Hemel Hempstead Town. Sammy’s guidance will be priceless as we look to end our season strongly.
Assistant manager Darren Beale joined the club as part of Sammy’s coaching staff and his previous stints working with the manager at Hemel Hempstead and Concord Rangers means the pair have proven themselves to be a successful partnership in the past. Darren boasts an impressive CV, having also worked at Dover Athletic, Gillingham’s academy, Hythe and Ramsgate. He also spent some time last season coaching in Spain.
Eniola Agemoh-Davies has played for St Ives this season and the defender was able to get an assist for Guerfi on his debut against Cray. The 18-year-old defender is a prospect that provides good power and pace, whilst also offering the ability to play out from the back.
Hafed Al Droubi
Hafed, or Haf as he is affectionately known, is our new number one having joined from Northwood. Al Droubi has experience playing across Europe and is known for his ability to command his area and his brilliant distribution.
Levi Amantchi joined us from Redditch in January. The 21-year-old has played at a high level despite being so young, playing for both Chesterfield and Darlington in his career. Levi will be looking to make a goalscoring impact up front for Bar.
Devonte makes his debut season for Bar, having been a product of Norwich’s academy. The midfielder will be hoping to assert a place in the starting eleven and have a positive start to life as a Potters Bar player.
Impressive AFC Wimbledon youngster Quaine Bartley joined Bar on loan in February. The striker is the product of Tottenham’s academy and has also played on loan for Cray Wanderers last season. Aged just 18, Bartley has the potential to develop into a top forward for the Scholars and will be hoping to prove his worth, having been described as a ‘wonderkid’ by Football.London.
Already a fan favourite, Joe Boachie arrived from Concord on a dual contract with the Beachboys and has already cemented his place in the side. A cool finisher, Boachie is most fondly known by the Bar Army for his long-range stunner to open the scoring against arch-rivals Wingate & Finchley in a 2-0 win at the Maurice Rebak Stadium.
The former captain brings a wealth of experience to the backline, the centre back has a no-nonsense approach to defending and isn’t afraid to put his body on the line in order to help the team.
The 19-year-old winger joined the Scholars midway through the season from Leatherhead having scored once in four appearances. A product of Spurs’ academy, Carrington will be hoping to have a big impact on the end of our season.
Experienced central midfielder Tyler Christian-Law has managed to attain playing time at a higher level, such as making 17 appearances for Braintree Town in the 2019/20 season, scoring two goals. A good leader, Tyler will be hoping to raise the games of those around him, whilst also hoping to make vital contributions on the pitch with his vision and ability to read the game.
Max has been a great addition to our midfield from the U23’s. The young midfielder has fantastic vision and is a very good passer of a ball, which allows him to be a creative influence from the middle of the park.
Calvin joined the club in the early stages of the season and made his debut on the 26th of October in a 0-2 loss against Ware in the Hertfordshire County Cup First Round. A player who isn’t afraid to get stuck in, Calvin is an important member of O’Leary’s squad.
Samson will be looking to build on an impressive first season at Bar in which he made 10 appearances and won the Player of the Month Award for September. Having arrived from Enfield Town as an U23’s player and quickly gained an important status in the First Team, Samson has proven that he can go from strength to strength, as he also possesses great pace is a very accurate passer of a football too.
The youthful goalkeeper is making the step up into the men’s game this season having played for the U18’s previously. Jack will be hoping to learn from the club’s senior goalkeepers and make the most of any opportunities he has with the First Team to impress Sammy and his coaching staff.
The backup keeper joined the club this season and kept a clean sheet on his debut in a 3-0 win against East Thurrock. Ciaran will hope to challenge for the first team spot in goal and provide valuable cover to the team when called upon.
Zak Guerfi impressed on his debut, scoring in a 3-2 loss against Cray Wanderers for the club. The Tunisian midfielder joined from Leatherhead and was a product of Stevenage’s academy. The 23-year-old still has youth on his side despite having gained experience in the Pitching In Isthmian League.
Defender Jacques Kpohomouh arrived from Herne Bay and the 24-year-old Guinean joins the club looking to prove himself to Sammy Moore and his coaching staff. Kpohomouh’s most notable club was Hemel Hempstead, whom he played for in the 18/19 season.
Kacper Kurylowicz arrived at the club from Tottenham’s U23’s team on loan soon after Sammy was appointed manager. The goalkeeper looks to be an impressive addition to the side having represented Poland at youth level and signed a professional contract with the North London club in July 2021.
Having signed from Enfield, this will be Nathan’s second season at Bar, and the midfielder was appointed captain of the Scholars by Lee O’Leary when he was in charge. A player who isn’t afraid to make a tackle, Livings a is a team player who is well liked amongst the squad.
Chris Manangu arrives at the club having also played for St Ives this season, making four appearances in all competitions. The striker last played for Kempston Rovers and will be looking to improve an already strong front line available to Sammy Moore.
Isaac Ogundere joined The Scholars in February on loan from AFC Wimbledon. The defender excelled out on loan at Leatherhead and was a fan favourite, and he will be hoping to use his experience in the Isthmian Premier League to push Bar up the table.
Defender Corey arrived at the club at the start of the season and is well respected around the club. The versatile defender has featured on the left and centrally and will hope to continue to solidify our defence this season.
Dwight returns for his second spell at the club having left to join Barnet last season. The young right back has experience playing at higher levels and will be an asset to Sammy this season due to his ability to get forwards and join in with attacks to outnumber the opponents.
Amine began to gain some appearances towards the end of last season having been an academy product beforehand. The midfielder has flair and the ability to do the unexpected, which he will hope he can build on to earn a place in the starting XI for this season.
The young defender can play in both a central position and on the right-hand side, Jaden arrives for his debut season with Bar having joined from Northwood, whom he had made 12 appearances for despite still only being a teenager.
The defender arrived at the club in February from Kingstonian and will be looking to help push the team on with his experience and knowhow. The 27 year old left back was a product for the West Ham academy and has played for the likes of Concord Rangers, Dulwich Hamlet and Leyton Orient before arriving at the Scholars.
Aryan re-joins Bar for his third stint at the club, having played for Bar in the 2008/09 season and in 2013. The central midfielder is also well known for putting challenges in and doing whatever he could to win the ball back. His last club was Dulwich Hamlet in 2019.
The star striker will be hoping to have yet another great season for Bar, having scored 24 goals for the Scholars since arriving in 2017. Ben will be vital in ensuring that we can reach our goals for the 2021/22 season and is also a favourite with the Bar Army.
Manager Craig Edwards
Reece Beckles Richards
Kayne Diedrick Roberts
Potters Bar Town FC
Manager Sammy Moore
Hafez Al Droubi
Tyler Christian Law
Eddie Carrington Alberdi
Dequane Wilson Braithwaite
Mr Neil Morrison
Mr Bogdan Caraghin Mr Bimi Sherifi
STORMS Dudley, Eunice and Franklin may have proved profitable for, say, fencers or roofers but certainly not for cash-strapped Non-League football clubs.
Five full days of heavy rain, high winds and even snow left Britain battered and bruised last week with a trial of destruction in its wake.
Naturally, the fixture list was decimated up and down the country, while some clubs were left counting the cost of extensive damage caused to grounds and clubhouses.
Perhaps the hardest hit, once again, were Tadcaster Albion. For the fourth time in seven years, the adjacent River Wharfe burst its banks with such ferocity that it took down most of the steel barrier on the far side of the Brewers’ Ings Lane ground, opening the floodgates for around 1.5 metres of water.
This comes as a huge kick in the teeth for the North Yorkshire club who have played an integral part in the town’s Tadcaster Flood Alleviation Scheme which was formed following the devastation of the floods in 2015.
The clubhouse at Ings Lane was raised to prevent a repeat and that seemed to do the trick when floods struck again in 2020 and 2021. Not this time though with water ingress expected through the floorboards.
As a result, Taddy are now back in limbo with the Environment Agency yet to sanction vital repair works before their next home game against Stocksbridge Park Steels on March 5.
Another club who suffered a repeat deluge were Barton Rovers, who were hit by the effects of a major storm for the second time in five years.
In February 2017, the Southern League Division One Central side’s Sharpenhoe Road home was battered by Storm Doris which sent a floodlight pylon crashing through the main stand, leaving Barton with a £9,000 repair bill.
Last Friday, Storm Eunice blew the stand down again along with the club’s TV tower. It is estimated that repairs this time round could cost the club around £20,000.
Basford United’s Greenwich Avenue stadium suffered extensive wind damage last Friday, leaving them with an estimated repair bill of £10,000.
Stands and turnstiles were damaged, with one roof destroyed, while exterior fences came down and gas, electricity and water supplies were disrupted.
Perhaps the most harrowing sight of the weekend was the metal roof of the stand at Pagham FC being wrapped around a parked van in a nearby road with the entire structure ripped from its hinges.
Trees at Egham Town’s Runnymede Stadium were felled and a stand destroyed, causing the postponement of their home game against Southall, while the away team’s dugout at Hartley Wintney flipped over the pitchside hoardings and onto its roof as their Green Lane ground was also hit.
Meanwhile, Potters Bar Town have set up a GoFundMe page in order to help the club meet ground grading regulations, following extensive storm damage.
A similar fundraising effort in March 2019 raised £5,000 towards the £50,000 improvement costs as the club just about made the deadline to maintain their Step 3 status.
But 70pmh winds on Friday blew one of the new stands completely on its back, causing much damage, as well as to the Water Irrigation Canons, the Home Dugout and a Storage Unit.
“Today, as a Community Club, we encourage the youth and contribute to the good health and comfort of those watching,” chairman Peter Waller said.
“With more than 50 years at the club, we are devastated, after all the effort that went in three years ago. We can raise some of the cost, but we need to ask for help. Please support us if you can.”
All this acts as a timely reminder as to the challenges that exist when running a Non-League football club and just how vulnerable they can be.
In times like this, communities are at their strongest, rallying together in support of a vital asset. It shows nothing should ever be taken for granted.
Past Meetings with Potters Bar Town
|2002-2003||Herts Senior Cup||H||2-0||Parry,Wales.|
|2004-2005||Herts Senior Cup||A||1-0||Haastrup.|
|2005-2006||Herts Charity Cup||H||2-0||Gregoriou, Opara.|
|2006-2007||Herts Charity Cup||A||0-1|
|2007-2008||Herts Charity Cup||A||2-1||Gregoriou 2.|
|2008-2009||Isthmian Div 2 North||H||4-2||Bradford,Harrison,Pelley,Ramshaw.|
|2009-2010||Isthmian Div 2 North||H||1-2||Sentain.|
|2010-2011||Herts Charity Cup||H||2-1||Haspineall, Meikle.|
|Isthmian Div 1 North||H||1-0||Dearie.|
|2011-2012||Isthmian Div 1 North||H||152||2-1||Ashwood, Ruff|
|2012-2013||FAC Prel||H||123||2-2||Clemo, Mason|
|FAC Prel Replay||A||172||1-3||West|
|Isthmian Div 1 North||H||155||1-0||Whitely|
|2017-2018||Isthmian Div 1 North||H||161||0-4|
|2019-2020||Isthmian Premier||H||262||2-0||Moses, Hitchcock|
|Herts Charity Cup||A||85||4-0||Diallo, Collins, Mills 2|
|2021-2022||Isthmian Premier||A||232||3-1||Charles 2, Newton|
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