Barnet V Lincoln Teams & Schemes
Cambridge Utd and Barnet have the sort of squads, budgets and quality in depth that poor relations Lincoln City can only dream about. When Woking took Rendell and cash strapped Hereford United got Brodie, both on loan, on Friday it was another shoulder shrugging that’s life moment for Imps. However the spirit within the dressing room, as well the desire and passion suggests we can go to the new Hive and not only survive but thrive. Yes these games somehow conjure goals by the bucket-load, but at least our tactics suggest we wont see a repeat of that 0-6 humbling the last time we travelled to Barnet for a Conference game. But then that was on the slope and, having played there years ago (at youth level in black and white) that really was a place for a game of two halves and Barry Fry knew it.
Thanks for reading Neil Gentleman-Hobbs
Saturday 14th September K.O 15:00 pm
The Potential Teams
David’s 4-4-3 (off)
2 Yiadom 5 Acheampong 30 Stephens 3 Johnson
4 Weston 8 Byrne
7 Marsh-Brown 11 Gambin
Miller Brown Boyce Newton
Power Rowe Sheridan
Gary Simpson will be without Yussuf (ongoing strain issues) and Fairhurst with a virus, although Captain Power returns with Nick Wright back, but not yet fully fit. Davids has no fresh injury concerns although Hyde and Marsh-Brown may be a little leggy and perhaps starry-eyed after their England débuts.
This will be a massive test for Lincoln after a very long drive down. Hyde will be a handful as will the probing runs of Gambin and Marsh-Brown backed up by Yiadom, a right-back who gets forward with power and pace, so a strong coffee and a long warm up will be essential. The 4-2-3-1 formation will need everyone of the back six to pitch in with perhaps Todd Jordan played as one of the two defensive midfielders. Foster, Nolan and Fofana are tried and tested in those berths so something would have to give. Left-footed Jordan will also be able to help Newton with the potential two on ones from Yiadom and Marsh-Brown.
The Barnet right midfield is very strong, with Weston getting the consolation goal in the 2-1 defeat at Halifax, but the Bees have conceded twice in the last two games making hard work of a 3-2 thriller against basement boys Hyde. Byrne and Gambin on the left are terrific going forward, but a lot rests on Casabella the out and out holding midfielder. The quality midfield trio are busy bees but at times the quality will be undone by the Imps forward midfield three. Rowe has the quality, Power has the trickery, but perhaps Sheridan to start with to counter the threat down their right. Nick Wright would be a terrific gamble but surely caution favours the brave at an ex-league sode on their own turf, with the retained squad and budget to hurt us.
Tomlinson will again hold the line and put himself about, bringing the advanced trio into play. The two centre-backs, Acheampong & Stephens are massive and will pose problems in either box. Keeping the ball on the ground will be key for us and forcing throws for Miller and corners and free-kicks for Rowe and Newton, oh for a Neutron bomb 5 minutes in this afternoon. Our left back and theirs, Johnson, could be the keys to the puzzle. Though competent he does not get forward which will allow Miller, Power and Rowe to get forward and have a dig.
The question is can our five outwit the Barnet midfield trio who would bless any side at our level. Backed by an organised zonal back four, the three energetic skirmishers dominated for long periods against Halifax before going down 2-1. Casabella sits and protects the back four whilst Weston and Byrne get amongst it and create chances for Hyde, Marsh-Brown and Gambin. 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.
No one should criticise the manager for using defence as the best form of attack tomorrow, because the none-shall pass mantra and spirit are our biggest allies against a quality side. The Bees have bagged three goals in three of their opening seven games, failing to score just once, at Tamworth. Today they face one of the meanest defences in the Division, suggesting something has to give. Boyce will never yield of course and one has to fancy him to be the deciding factor at both ends. If Tommo, Newton or impact action-man Dixon can also deliver, then two goals could well be enough for at least a point, or a fantastic win against all the odds.
For those who have missed the stats fill your boots………………………
|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|
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|