MATCH PREVIEW: Lincoln City
Updated Friday, 7th August 2009
A look at tomorrow's match at Sincel BankTomorrow, Barnet travel to play
In the last two meetings at Underhill, Barnet have won 5-2, in 1998 and 3-2 last season. Only a late John O'Flynn goal gave the Bees three important points in March in a close fought match that left
From 2002/03 to 2006/07 the Imps made the play-offs in the league's 4th tier but failed to win promotion each time. In 2007/08,
Like a lot of League Two clubs, higher up clubs tend to pray on your best players. Long serving centre back, Lee Beevers has joined Colchester, influential midfield player Lee Frecklington has gone to
Obviously, these players will not have been easy to replace and manager, Peter Jackson has had to work with a reduced budget as well. In midfield,
Whether or not,
Meanwhile, at Underhill, fans are excited about the news that Paul Furlong has signed on for the new signing and are looking forward to the renewal of his partnership with John O'Flynn. Many Bees' fans are surprised, though delighted, that Albert Adomah and O'Flynn are still at the club and ready to start the new season at Underhill. Barnet have been very fortunate so far they they have only lost the service of Neal Bishop to
After last season's awful start following claims that the club were going to win promotion, both management and fans are understandably reluctant to make any predictions about the new season, but many are quietly confident about the Bees doing a great deal better than last season. While a number of fans' websites have been predicting doom and gloom for the Bees this season it is hard to see the club getting involve din any relegation struggle this time around and if the club can hang on to their best players, then it shouldn't be too over optimistic in saying that a top half place, at least, is possible.
For this Saturday's trip to Sincel bank, the home side will be without influential midfield player, Scott Kerr, who was rumoured to be a target for the Bees back in 2005 after the club returned to the league. Kerr has a knee injury.
Defenders, Gary Breen and Joe Devera should be fit to play for the Bees on Saturday and the only player likely to be missing is last year's leading scorer, John O'Flynn who is said to be making good progress.
The Barnet squad is now more or less at full strength with the signings of defenders, Ryan O'Neill, Ahmed Deen and Clovis Kamdjo as well as former PROTEC keeper, Phil Carpenter.
With O'Flynn missing the start of the season, Hendon will have to decide on whether to start with Furlong and new striker, Jake Hyde up front or play the formation that started against Ebbsfleet last Saturday. This involved a flexible 451 formation with Furlong up front and wingers, Adomah and Bolasie moving up to make a 433 formation when necessary. Barnet won 3-1 at Ebbsfleet with Adomah scoring twice and Furlong once. The central midfield was made up of Mark Hughes, Nicky Deverdics and Micah Hyde, the Bees' new captain. Jake Cole is expected to play in goal and with Devera and Breen expected to play, it is likely that the Bees will have a back four of Devera, Yakubu, Breen and Gillet.
Barnet have such a poor recent record at Sincel bank that it seems a little perverse in predicting anything other than a home win but, tempting fate I know, I will go for a 2-1 win for the Bees.