Barnet travel to Hereford United tomorrow for a League Two match. Earlier this season, the two clubs played out a goalless draw on a wet, windy afternoon in November which the Bulls were unlucky not to win. Barnet’s poor performance in the 1-1 draw at home to Burton continued their disappointing home form of late, but did at least give the Bees another point as they struggle to keep out of the relegation fight. With Grimsby losing at Rochdale, the Bees are now 11 points clear of the relegation zone with a game in hand on the Mariners.
The Bulls are two places above Barnet in the table with two more points than the Bees, but Barnet have a game in hand. Both sides will be looking for a win to ease any lasting worries about relegation.
Hereford’s form has improved of late since Graham Turner, who took the Bulls out of the Conference and up to League One, has returned in place of John Trewick, who paid the price for the Bulls’ poor showing this season. They have won their last two matches; a 2-0 home win over Bradford City and an impressive 2-1 win at Chesterfield.
Hereford have a reasonable home record having won 9 wins at Edgar Street this season with 6 matched having been lost. Barnet’s away form has improved of late with the Bees having taken 7 points from their last four away matches, including wins at Port Vale and Darlington.
Hereford seem likely to start with loan strikers, Lewis Young and Jake Jervis up front. Jervis has scored in both matches he has played in since arriving at Edgar Street on loan.
Barnet are hoping that top scorer, John O’Flynn who has been out with a twisted knee and missed the Burton match, could be back for the Easter programme of matches, but tomorrow might be too son for him, while international clearance for New Zealand international midfielder, Chris James is unlikely to come before tomorrow’s match. On loan midfield player, Ed Upson could start after a promising debut performance as a substitute last Saturday.
Barnet have a poor record at Edgar Street, but did manage to win, for the first time, in the last match these two teams played at Hereford’s ground, two years ago when goals from Albert Adomah, on his debut and Nicky Nicolau edged out the Bulls in a 2-1 victory. The Bees will do extremely well to achieve this tomorrow and I’m sure that Ian Hendon would be pretty pleased with a draw. Which is what Barnet Mad are going to predict for the match tomorrow, perhaps 2-2.