Next up - Potters Bar Town
Saturday, 5th October at Wodson Park SG12 0UQ;
The Emirates FA Cup, 3rd Qualifying Round; kick off 3pm.
Admission - Adults £10, Concessions £5.
Here we are somewhere in the no man's land of the FA Cup qualifying competition. The previous rounds have offered the chance of prize money but other than that they are too early in the process to raise expectations of significant advance or any fame to go with the fortune.
But now there's a realisation that success on Saturday puts the winners one match away from national exposure and greater fortune. Both clubs will begin to feel that big games, possibly against a Football League side, are coming within reach.
Potters Bar are in their second season in the BetVictor Isthmian League premier division and I can't deny my surprise in realising this, have not lost to Ware since 2011. On that basis they will surely be any neutral's favourites but we have home advantage and come into the game unbeaten this season, a run of 13 games which includes two Step 3 victims in earlier rounds.
The Scholars have one player suspended for this match but Ware have a full complement to choose from. If Alaa Oujdi is one of the chosen it will be his 200th appearance for Ware.
So get up to Wodson Park for a good afternoon's entertainment supplemented by a well-stocked bar; hot food and snacks; a match day programme (£1.50 on the gate) full of interesting articles and background information; and the club shop which will be open before the match and at half time.
By the way, Aiden's Astorturf article this week looks, amongst other things, at a former Premier League manager who, as it happens, early in his career managed opponents in a league game at Ware. Get a copy of the programme and find out who.
And if you really can't get to the game then tune in to East Herts Radio. They’ll be doing first half reports and full second half commentary on the game via the Spreaker site and the Spreaker App.
Our ten latest matches against Potters Bar:-
|21 April 2012||Isthmian League Div 1(N)||A||1||2||Stevenson|
|14 August 2012||Herts Charity Cup Rd 1||A||0||1|| |
|27 October 2012||Isthmian League Div 1(N)||A||2||2||T Martin, Clemo|
|6 April 2013||Isthmian League Div 1(N)||H||1||3||King|
|19 July 2014||Friendly||H||4||4||Kieran Bishop 2 (1 pen.), Cil, Own Goal|
|11 August 2015||Southern League Div 1 (Cent)||H||1||2||Young|
|23 February 2016||Southern League Div 1 (Cent)||A||3||3||Wynter, Hartley, Kieran Bishop|
|26 September 2017||Isthmian League Cup Rd 1||A||1||4||Karagul|
|27 March 2018||Isthmian League Div 1(N)||A||0||1|
|2 April 2018||Isthmian League Div 1(N)||H||1||4||Watson (pen.)|
Our best and worst against Potters Bar:-
|5 October 1996||FA Vase 2nd Qualifying Rd||A||3||0||Raisborough 2, Pugh|
|28 September 2010||Isthmian League Div 1(N)||A||0||4|| |