Barnet FC (A) STMI’s Big Fat Match Preview
Welcome, all Bees & Imps, to what will hopefully be a feast of Football at the New Hive, a princely venue worthy of cheers as opposed to tears. Though it will be contested between the capitol and the breadbasket of Britain, the teams & schemes will be conjured by a Dutch master and a son of York. But enough, to the costs, the head-to-head, the form, the heroes and the villains who will represent our hopes and dreams.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Saturday 14th September K.O 15:00 pm
|Away Fans Pricing||Adults £17||Cons £13
||U14 £9||The North Stand has 750 terrace spaces plus seats in West stand|
Black & Amber meets Lincoln Green then?
|Edgar Davids||Manager||Gary Simpson|
|4-4-3 / Various||Formation||4-2-3-1 /various|
|3-0 V Chester (H) & Braintree (A)||Biggest win||2-0 V Wrexham (H)|
|1-2 V Halifax (A)||Heaviest defeat||0-1 V Cambridge (A) & 0-1 V Salisbury (H)|
|5719||Total Turnstile Clicks||9928|
|2543 V Chester||Hi||2642 v Salisbury|
|1507 V Nuneaton||Low||2290 V Forest Green|
Heroes & Villains
|5||FC Halifax Town||7||4||1||2||12||13||-1||13|
|6||Forest Green Rovers||7||3||3||1||16||6||+10||12|
David’s potential busy Bees
2 Yiadom 5 Acheampong 30 Stephens 3 Johnson
4 Weston 8 Byrne
7 Marsh-Brown 11 Gambin
Simmo’s Six-foot soldiers
Miller Brown Boyce Newton (Y-73)
Power Rowe Sheridan
Gary Simpson an early English exponent of the Dutch 4-2-3-1 style and guile meets Edgar Davids in a clash of two cultures. Mr Davids has stirred up a bit of a hornets nest in the land of honey, by first making himself number one and then having two Saturdays off, if the rumours and stattos are to be believed. Both may play football, but where Edgar extols the virtue of the free and flowing, Simmo keeps it tight with 6 allowing an awesome foursome to flourish. He needs to with a budget afforded by a board that habitually proves that it can peel an orange in their pocket without wasting a drop. Mmmm, indeed but in all seriousness the Imps are the underdogs at Barnet and who could blame them for coming and parking the bus?
Edgar’s emissaries of not quite total football, will pose Lincoln problems, forget potential bad hair day in the wind, here we are talking a man on a diet of castor oil with a cough. The Right-back Yiadom, more yellows thus far than a typical year 9 or 10 boy going through puberty, is an all-action wing-back in the Newton mould, suggesting an interesting duel down that flank. A tenner on a Newton free-kick opener could be worth a flutter, but with Marsh-Brown also a menace we must avoid any two on ones.
The two centre-backs, Acheampong & Stephens are immense and will pose problems in either box, suggesting Thomlinson or Wright will not beat them in the air in a month of Sundays. Fortunately this is on a Saturday and pace could have them if left-back Johnson can also be outwitted. One positive is that he is unlikely to cross the centre line, although he is competent at his job, allowing Miller a bit of scope with Power surely coming into his own, what with the fresh legs hunger and all.
The Barnet midfield trio would bless any side at our level, three energetic skirmishers with skill to boot, they dominated for long periods against Halifax before going down 2-1. That is one thing about the busy Bees, they do concede, even if keeper Stack is more than competent and hard to beat. Casabella sits and protects the back four whilst Weston and Byrne get amongst among and scheme. Marsh-Brown and Gambin are very dangerous indeed suggesting no one should criticise the manager for using defence as the best form of attack tomorrow.
Leading League marksman Hyde will be a handful for Boyce and Brown in the air and on the ground, His knock-backs have have afforded Marsh-Brown the opportunity to feed on the scraps three times this season and Byrne, with two, also appears a worry from deep. Gambin is a tricky little customer in the old inside left mould, his creativity sees him lead the assists charts and he too has a choice goal to his name.
So draw the Sting Imps and hope to hit them on the break. It is a long journey down, but it will be all the shorter back with a hard-earned point to keep us there or thereabouts..
Historic head -to-head
This game, one fears, is set to be a tight one, although matches between the two sides are traditionally high scoring affairs. With top Skrill marksman Hyde on 5, Tomlinson and Marsh-Brown on 3 and Fairhurst on two, the optimists will hope for a repeat treat. We lost 4-2 at Barnet the season we were relegated but 9 of the last 15 encounters have seen between 5 and 7 goals. Here is the historic tale of the tape and the last 15 fixtures in detail
|At Sincil Bank (14)||At Underhill (14)|
|Neutral Ground (0)||Totals (28 games)|
|Lincoln City||0||n/a||Lincoln City||13||46.43|
|Lincoln City||0||n/a||Lincoln City||49||1.75|
|Highest Aggregate||8||Barnet||5 – 3||Lincoln City||1999/2000|
|Highest Lincoln City score:||5||Barnet||0 – 5||Lincoln City||2006/2007|
|Highest Barnet score:||6||Lincoln City||0 – 6||Barnet||1991/1992|
|22 Jan 2000||Barnet v Lincoln City||L||5-3||Division 3|
|28 Oct 2000||Barnet v Lincoln City||L||4-3||Division 3|
|16 Apr 2001||Lincoln City v Barnet||W||2-1||Division 3|
|14 Jan 2006||Lincoln City v Barnet||W||4-1||League Two|
|14 Feb 2006||Barnet v Lincoln City||W||2-3||League Two|
|14 Oct 2006||Barnet v Lincoln City||W||0-5||League Two|
|17 Mar 2007||Lincoln City v Barnet||W||1-0||League Two|
|15 Dec 2007||Lincoln City v Barnet||W||4-1||League Two|
|22 Mar 2008||Barnet v Lincoln City||L||5-2||League Two|
|06 Sep 2008||Lincoln City v Barnet||W||2-0||League Two|
|21 Mar 2009||Barnet v Lincoln City||L||3-2||League Two|
|08 Aug 2009||Lincoln City v Barnet||W||1-0||League Two|
|16 Jan 2010||Barnet v Lincoln City||W||1-2||League Two|
|11 Sep 2010||Lincoln City v Barnet||W||1-0||League Two|
|26 Feb 2011||Barnet v Lincoln City||L||4-2||League Two|