November’s difficult run of fixtures
Of course Barnet will expect to win the majority of their games as they push for the play-off places in this division, but November did consist of some tricky games. The Bees played three of the current top four and factor in a trip up to League One high flyers Preston North End and any fan will tell you that it has not been the easiest month. Home and away games to Luton Town aside, the next few fixtures coming up look a lot easier, at least on paper. December could offer the Bees a chance to get some points on the board and climb the table once more.
The tricky winger needs no introduction and is already a fans’ favourite following his goal scoring exploits this term. The cup loss at Preston was obviously a blow but I think the real kick in the teeth was Marsh-Brown’s red card in that game. Missing for the trio of tricky ties against Cambridge, Grimsby and Welling, KMB is now available following his three match ban and indeed scored in his first game back against Dartford. Who knows if Barnet could have improved on their two points in those 3 games if Keanu had played? We’ll never know, but it will be great to have him back for the crucial Christmas period.
I thought Gambin made a real difference when he came on against Grimsby Town on Saturday and we were unlucky not to get a point out of the game. On Tuesday Luke looked back to his best, crashing two efforts against the woodwork and constantly creating havoc in the Darts’ defence. The player who scored the first ever competitive goal at The Hive obviously has a great affinity for the club having come through the youth ranks. It will be great to have his creative spark back on the wing in December as he hopefully creates the chances to win games (and also score a few, too!).
Hyde’s goal threat has been sorely missed by Barnet since he was injured but we are told he is nearing a return to first team action. What a boon it will be to see Jake pull on the black and amber shirt again. He was the top scorer early on in the season, scoring more than a goal every other game. With Gambo and KMB working their magic on the wings, who better than the lethal Hyde to have at the end of the chances they will no doubt create?
The Spaniard exiled in Stevenage returned to the club on loan amidst much fanfare in October. In a cup game against Concord Rangers it looked like he was back to his goal scoring best when he notched a brace, only for Lopez to suffer what looked like a serious looking injury the following game against Kidderminster. His return may be later than that of Jake Hyde’s, but you can be sure whenever he does return Lopez and Hyde will be a fearsome strike force in the Skrill Premier.