Preview: Barnet (a)
Posted on 19th October 2023
Barnet vs Maidenhead United
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Barnet currently sit in second place just three points behind top-of-the-table Chesterfield following an impressive start to the season. The Bees have lost just once in their last ten games and remain unbeaten at the Hive for this campaign. Following last season's play-off semi-final defeat to Boreham Wood, they have aspirations of going one step further this time around and returning to League Two for the first time since 2018.
In the dugout
Manager Dean Brennan joined Barnet in June 2021 originally as the Head of Football with former Liverpool player Harry Kewell taking over as manager. The Australian was sacked in September of that season following zero wins from the opening seven games. Brennan was initially hired as an interim manager and impressed during that period before being hired as a permanent manager in February 2022. Last season was one to remember with a play-off campaign as well as a semi-final in the FA Trophy, Brennan was awarded Manager of the Month in December of 2022 as a result of his successes.
Players to watch
Nicke Kabamba – Forward - Following difficult spells at Northampton Town and Woking, Kabamba needed somewhere to gain regular football and get back to scoring goals. He moved to Barnet in June 2022 and the rest was history. The striker has grown since playing his football at the Hive and is now one of the first names on the team-sheet. Kabamba has scored 11 goals in the opening 15 games of the National League this season, a feat that is only beaten by Gateshead’s Marcus Dinanga.
Laurie Walker – Goalkeeper – Seen as the best keeper in the National League, Walker has been a formidable man in between the sticks since joining from Stevenage in June 2022. He has become a fan favourite during his time at Barnet and was rewarded for his top performances with a contract extension in the summer.
Last time out
Maidenhead secured a vital point towards National League status when the sides last met in April playing out a 1-1 draw at York Road. A nervy day in Berkshire with fans constantly checking the Torquay United score was made even nervier when Harry Smith gave Barnet the lead with just 12 minutes to go. Quick to retaliate, Maidenhead equalised minutes later through former Barnet player Charlee Adams to ensure the spoils were shared.
How to get there
Barnet is most accessible via the tube with the closest station Queensbury located a twenty-minute walk away from the Hive. Queensbury is located on the Jubilee line with direct access from London Waterloo. Alternatively, from London Paddington, you can take the Bakerloo line three stops to Baker Steet and change there to pick up the Jubilee line.
For those driving, the Hive (HA8 6AG) has car parking available on-site with around 500 spaces. This is done on a first-come first-serve basis priced at £8.
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