Dom Di Paola described his squad’s efforts so far this season as ‘ridiculous’ as we look to tighten our grip on top spot in the Isthmian Premier at Potters Bar Town this Saturday.
We leapfrogged former leaders Folkestone Invicta after our dominant 4-0 win over Bowers & Pitsea last weekend and we have a chance to move further clear with the Kent side facing fellow promotion hopefuls Enfield Town, who have only lost once this season.
However, as he explained, Dom will not be looking elsewhere with us in a ‘lovely position to be in’ and with ‘no pressure’.
He said: “What the boys have done this year is ridiculous. We’ve probably got a bottom eight budget and we’re challenging up the top.
“The boys are a credit to themselves and they’re doing a really good job. We’ve got lots of challenges to come, and we’ve got to keep utilising the squad, make sure everyone’s fresh, but the nice thing is that there’s no pressure on the team to do anything.
“It’s a lovely position to be in, in that a lot of clubs are striving to get out of this league. For us, it’s literally just a case of going out and playing as well as we can possibly play and the supporters at the moment are having an enjoyable time while we’re doing that.”
Di Paola also admitted that Tuesday night’s Sussex Senior Cup win over Newhaven in extra-time may present him with a problem.
He said: “Games like Tuesday night take out a lot from the player’s legs so that’s going to become a factor. We’ve just got to keep going, and see where we come at the end of it. I’m really not too concerned at all.
“We’re targeting another 17, 18 points, that’s our first target, that’s the first challenge and then we can revise our targets once we get to that number and look at it again but we really are massively punching above our weight.”
There will be cautious optimism when we make the trip to the Scholars’ Patex Stadium on Saturday, with our last meeting seeing us come on top.
Chris Smith’s late winner in the FA Trophy second qualifying round last season saw us beat division-higher opposition for the third time in the space of three months and we’ll be looking for a similar result in the league this time round.
Potters Bar are in mixed form, currently sitting in 13th with four wins, five draws and three defeats and the Hertfordshire side have not picked up a league win in over a month.
But they do have dangerous potential, having held National League side Barnet to a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup last month.
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