Potters Bar awarded abandoned FA Trophy tie as Bedford Town miss out

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The Football Association have this morning announced that Saturday’s abandoned FA Trophy tie has been awarded to Potters Bar Town.

The referee abandoned the game in the 93rd minute with Bedford Town 1-0 down after unsavoury scenes involving both teams and coaching staff erupted on the pitch.

A brief statement from the FA confirmed the decision this morning:

“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.”

Although the decision is not entirely surprising given the late nature of the abandonment, Bedford Town have released a statement claiming they will be “seeking further clarification on a number of issues”.

Potters Bar Town have said the club welcomes the decision with the Eagles wishing their opponents well in the next round.

Their manager, Lee O’Leary, had earlier branded the scenes “distasteful”, adding comment on the referee’s performance:

“The game got abandoned after a brawl at the end which the referee didn’t want any part of.”

“He didn’t send anybody off, he didn’t book anyone, he just blew the whistle and abandoned the game and that was it.”

The Eagles will now look to press ahead with their league campaign, with Bedford Town sitting top of Southern League Central Division One.

Gary Setchell’s side travel to Harlow Town this evening, looking to keep their impressive run of league wins going against their 6th placed opposition.