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Potters Bar Town

Grier's Guide to Potters Bar Town

The game: Potters Bar Town v Kingstonian, Isthmian Premier. Saturday 2 October, 15:00.

The club: Formed in 1960 as Mount Grace Old Scholars, an old boys' team for a local school, they became Potters Bar Town on reaching the South Midlands League in 1991. They reached the Southern League in 2005 and the Isthmian Premier in 2018. 

The town: Town just to the north of London, originally a small agricultural village but - much like Surbiton - now very much a commuter town since the coming of the railways in Victorian times. Famous residents include actor Martin Freeman, golfer Tony Jacklin and Suede guitarist Bernard Butler.

The ground: The Pakex Stadium Parkfield, Watkins Rise (off The Walk), Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, EN6 1QB. It's one of the league's smaller grounds with a smallish main stand and a covered terrace behind one of the goals.

Directions:  The station is about a ten minute walk from the ground - it takes about half an hour from Kings Cross or you can also pick up the train from Finsbury Park, on the Victoria Line from Vauxhall. If you can find petrol and brave the M25 protests it's a short drive from junction 24, with parking available in the streets nearby.

Tickets: £12 adults / £8 students and over 65s / £1 under 16s. 

Our record there: In 2018 their 3-0 win in the second match of the campaign was a rude awakening after our high hopes that our expensively-assembled squad might challenge for promotion. Our only other visit, the following season, saw us win 2-1 through Louie Theophanous and Dan Bennett goals.

Recent form: They sit 16th in the league but have just had a massive confidence boost by coming from 3-0 down to grab a 3-3 draw at high-flying Folkestone.

Players to watch: Skilful attacking midfielder Ben Ward-Cochrane is ex-Ks and already bagged seven goals this season, including two of the three goals at Folkestone. Another ex-K, Lee O'Leary, is the Scholars' manager.

Crowd: Typically around the 230 mark, although a couple of years ago over 2,000 crammed into the ground for an FA Cup tie against Barnet.

Drinking: Right by the station is The Old Manor which, as its name suggests, is in an old building with wooden beams from the ceilings. It does upmarket pub food and has a smart outdoor area. A little way up from the station there's the Admiral Byng, a Wetherspoons. The other side of the ground, on the High Street, Cask & Stillage has Sky Sports and large beer garden, and there's also a Harvester.

Food: Choices on the High Street include the Co-op, M&S, a burger bar, a Chinese, a Mediterranean bistro and various takeaways. McDonald's and Subway are opposite the station for those travelling in a hurry. 

 

Published Tuesday 28th September 2021