Martin Allen spoke to barnetfc.com after training this morning, to look ahead to Saturday’s matches against Staines Town and local rivals Enfield Town.
The Bees’ manager revealed that there will be a number of changes to Barnet’s first team, saying:
“All the players have come back in good shape this pre-season and are progressing nicely.
“James Pearson is hopefully fit for this weekend.
“I’ve just finished training with the first team, but Ross Eames has taken James for training this morning.
“He should be playing for Ross’ team at Enfield tomorrow.
“We’re going to make a few changes to our team for the match against Staines Town.
“A few players need to be rested and a some people need a first team game.
“A few people who have come back in great shape – as we saw against Ipswich Town on Wednesday evening – will also be left out, so that everyone is fresh, fit and at the same levels for the Gillingham match.
“Sam Muggleton has a little bit of a calf strain and Michael Gash took a kick to his ankle the other night.
“We’re hoping that will clear up pretty quickly, but he’ll be rested this weekend.
“Joe Payne, Tom Day – who everyone has seen play so well – and our exciting talent Fumnaya Shomotun will be stepping up to the first team.
“Harry Taylor will be with the first team again too, so we’ve got a few of our young players taking part.
“We’re trying to integrate the younger players into our senior group and now is the best time of the season to do it.
“Nana Kyei, Wesley Fonguck and Justin Nwogu will play against Enfield Town tomorrow.
“I saw a fantastic young player playing for our reserves last week – Theo Alexis – and he’ll be playing in that side too.
“Shaun Batt, Ben Tomlinson and Shane Cojocarel all scored during the week.
They’ll be featuring against Enfield Town, so it’ll be a strong team.
“I know Staines Town’s manager very well; he helps me with non-league players and players from the lower levels.
“He always puts out a good competitive team.
“It’s a nice ground, a nice pitch and the changing rooms are decent over there.
“As always, whether it’s a league game or a cup game, it’s all about the attitude of our players and the desire to get on the ball and play.
“Everywhere we go, we want to win.
“It’s easy getting motivated to play against Ipswich Town and the bigger clubs.
“But now the players need to have that same motivation, drive and determination.
“Whoever is in our team has to be right on it, right at it and have the right attitude if we are to do better than last year.
“I genuinely feel that all the players have that, come what may.
“The players have all been reminded this morning that beating Ipswich Town is good, but that these upcoming matches are tougher games in my opinion.
“I want wins for both teams.”