7th tier club Potters Bar Town sees 3 abandonments within a month – and all of them were for different reasons it’s discovered.
The Isthmian League side have had some rotten luck of late you could say after seeing three matches not finishing, and at the time of each of the three games being stopped, they were 1-0 up. The odds on that happening we ask?!
On the 2nd of October, Potters Bar played host to Kingstonian, however the referee deemed the pitch too wet late in the match despite protests.
FIRST CLUB STATEMENT:
The game was called off around the 73rd minute.
Bar had their 1-0 lead against league leaders Kingstonian taken away due to a waterlogged pitch causing the game to be abandoned.
Before the game was called off, Al Droubi dropped the ball from a cross into the box 15 minutes in. Banton tried to capitalise on the error, but he was unable to turn his shot in.
With 21 minutes played Al Droubi was called into action again, palming away a shot from the edge of the box.
Bar nearly had a lucky goal just before the half an hour mark: Delfyer threaded a pass into Esan, who was challenged, but the tackle went goalwards and looped just over the bar.
After 32 minutes Boachie came close for the Scholars, as Aransibia raced forwards, passing to Boachie, who took a touch and curled his effort towards the far post, which narrowly missed the target.
Half time brought an even contest to an end, which had in truth lacked clear-cut chances for either side, but it had been played at a fast pace in the pouring rain.
O’Leary’s side looked to get a fast restart to the game via Sterling, who beat his man and crossed the ball into the box, but there wasn’t a player in the box to convert the cross.
51 minutes in Clunis looked to give the visitors the lead, as he received the ball with his back to goal, turning his man but then firing the shot just wide.
He had another chance 3 minutes later, as a cross was clipped into Kingstonian’s number 11, who couldn’t quite connect with the ball to give the league leaders the opener.
Banton had a penalty appeal waved away, as he clashed with Budden and went to ground, but his claims were waved away on the hour mark.
Seconds later Ajakaiye missed a sitter, as he rounded Al Droubi but placed his shot into the side netting, which was a major let off for the Scholars.
Bar had the lead through Esan 68 minutes in, as debutant Sterling drove at the heart of the Kingstonian defence and slid a ball into Esan, who coolly slotted beyond Tolfrey to give Bar the lead.
Esan turned provider to give Boachie a great chance with a through ball, which saw the resulting shot go just wide.
Controversy then struck as the game was abandoned due to a puddle obstructing the linesman with less than 20 minutes to play with the Scholars close to a huge win. As the Kingstonian fans celebrated the decision they had been calling for being awarded, the Bar Army looked stunned to see their lead taken away from them. O’Leary referred to the decision as ‘tough to take’ for his side.
STATEMENTS ON SECOND ABANDONMENT
A second game was abandoned, this time on the 13th of November when Potters Bar Town travelled to Bedford Town in the FA Trophy First Round.
Having taken an early lead through Ben Ward-Cochrane in the game and leading 1-0 well into added on time at the end of the second half – an injury to one of our players then lead to an incident which involved a number of players and team officials from both sides.
At this point the referee abandoned the game.
Both clubs are extremely disappointed at this incident arising in what had been a good cup-tie.
We now await the referee’s report and explanation.
We also await the FA’s decision on the outcome of the match.
At this stage there will be no further comment made.
It has been announced that the FA have unanimously ruled in our favour and we will play Braintree Town in the FA Trophy 2nd Round after our FA Trophy 1st Round game against Bedford Town was abandoned with us leading 1-0 in the 93rd minute on Saturday.
The FA have released the following statement with the announcement that we have been given the victory for Saturday’s game:
“SATURDAY 13 NOVEMBER 2021
The Buildbase FA Trophy – First Round Proper Bedford Town v Potters Bar Town
Following the abandonment of the above match, a Sub-Committee of The FA National Game Competitions Committee1 was held on Monday 15 November, to consider the matter on behalf of the National Game Board, in accordance with Rule 11(b), below, of the Rules of The FA Challenge Trophy Competition.
“When any match has been abandoned after it has commenced but before it has been completed, the National Game Board shall deal with the matter as it sees fit in its absolute discretion.”
Having given due consideration to all of the relevant facts from the evidence provided, the Members unanimously concluded that the score at the time of the abandonment in the 93rd minute should stand as the result of the match.
Therefore, as the score was 0-1 to Potters Bar Town at the time of the abandonment, the Members ordered that the tie be awarded to Potters Bar Town, who will play away against Braintree Town in the Second Round Proper on Saturday 27 November 2021.
The Members made no further orders and the prize fund shall be paid by The FA to the winner and loser in accordance with the Rules of The FA Challenge Trophy Competition.”
The club welcomes the decision made by the FA and we look forward to seeing how far we can progress in this year’s Buildbase FA Trophy! See a video of the fight below…
STATEMENT ON THIRD ABANDONMENT:
Then the next game following that, Potters Bar had a third abandonment, but again for a different reason.
On the 20th of November, they travelled to Brightlingsea Regent, however a floodlight failure meant the game couldn’t go any further.
Speaking on his club’s website, Regent chairman Tony Osborne offered his apologies and his kind gesture.
He said: “After Saturday’s disappointment which was caused from an issue with our floodlights, I’d like to once again personally apologise to Potters Bar Town’s, players, officials and spectators, to the match officials and to everyone in attendance.
“I felt we did everything we could. We attempted to get the lights on to get the match completed but after three or four attempts it seems a fault had developed with one of the stanchions, which was working completely fine for Tuesday evening’s match.
“It was a really frustrating day for all.
“We have had the opportunity to reflect and I appreciate Potters Bar Town for being understanding throughout.
“The two clubs have agreed to replay the fixture on Tuesday , January 18, at 7:45pm.
“As a gesture of goodwill, we have agreed to make this match free entry for all as our apology. We will have a collection on the gate to cover the costs of the match officials and any additional profit from this will go towards a charity chosen by the club’s committee.
“We are currently in contact with a contractor to get the fault repaired as soon as possible.”
Potters Bar Town are hoping they can finally play a full 90 minute at least when they take on Bowers & Pitsea in the Isthmian League Premier Division at the LA Construction Stadium tonight (Tuesday).