Thursday, 23 January 2014

Two Minutes With... Aldershot Town

Tuesday night saw last season’s other relegated side, Aldershot, visit The Hive. Shots’ fan Rhys (@rhys9emberson) gives his thoughts in the latest instalment of Two Minutes With...
Tuesday 21st January 2014
Barnet v Aldershot Town
10th        20th
Previous game:
Chester  2-1 Barnet
Gateshead 0-0 Aldershot Town
How did you get to the game?
I got to The Hive by train and then the underground
What did you make of The Hive?
It seemed to be a bit of a weird place to place a football ground, although it was quite modernised. However, I enjoyed the away end.
If you went to Underhill, how did The Hive compare?
Underhill was a lot more traditional, with pubs close to the ground. It had more of a football ground feel. Whereas The Hive was a lot more out of the way, with a strange walk en route, in the middle of nowhere. But given such short time Barnet had to build The Hive, it could've been a lot worse.
What did you make of the game?
Some incredible goals, good forward play, and for once a strong away performance.
Who (from either side) impressed you?
Bradley Bubb – one goal and one assist. Since the last time he played for us, his forward movements have sharpened and there's a lot more composure about him; early days however as it's only his second game since re-signing.
Who (from either side) could have done better?
I'm still not sure how our first goal went in, so possibly the Barnet defence.
Was the score line a fair reflection on the game?
From what I got to see of the game it was a fair reflection.
Who do you play next and how do you think you’ll do?
Halifax at home and given our free scoring home form I'd like to think we'll win scoring a few goals along the way.
Price of match day ticket
Purchases made at the ground
Quality of football
Overall experience
Total = 31/50
Post Match
Table – Barnet 10th / Aldershot 19th
Following game
Barnet v Southport
Aldershot v FC Halifax

Thanks Rhys!
If you’ve been to The Hive this season, give me a shout and you can be your club’s voice. Additionally, if you know you’re heading down for your game, let me know - @Luuuce_x

Friday, 17 January 2014

2013 round-up (part four)

Players in
  • Kieron Cadogan
The midfielder previously played for Aldershot but was one of a number of players released when the club entered administration. He had been without a club since.
  • Dani Lopez
The return of the Spaniard! The striker rejoined on loan from Stevenage for three months. In his last spell, Lopez netted a memorable hat-trick against Morecambe, before being recalled by Boro.
  • Carl Fletcher
Bringing more experience to the side, the Bees managed to capture the former Plymouth Argyle player/manager. He had been training at The Hive with the team pre-season.
  • Despite not making an appearance since signing for the club, Nick Jupp extended his deal.
  • Jake Hyde – an MRI scan assessed the damage to the ankle injury he suffered in training. The striker was ruled out for up to six weeks, hoping to be back by the end of the year.
  • Curtis Weston – the midfielder was injured in the televised game against Wrexham and out for a number of weeks.
05.10.13 – Welling United 1-1 Barnet (Conference)
08.10.13 – Woking 0-0 Barnet (Conference)
13.10.13 – Barnet 1-1 Wrexham (Conference)
19.10.13 – Hereford United 0-1 Barnet (Conference)
26.10.13 – Barnet 3-0 Concord Rangers (FA Cup)
Played 4 – won 1 – drawn 3 – goals for 3 – goals against 2 – points 6
Players in
  • George Sykes
The 19-year-old returned from his loan spell at Bishops Stortford.
  • Dani Lopez – after sustaining a shoulder injury, he took to Twitter saying “possibly I’ll be six weeks without playing my passion”.
  • The Chile national side spent four days at The Hive, training ahead of their game against England. They were the only ones though – Germany also trained days later!
02.11.13 – Barnet 1-0 Kidderminster Harriers (Conference)
09.11.13 – Preston North End 6-0 Barnet (FA Cup)
12.11.13 – Barnet 0-0 Welling United (Conference)
16.11.13 – Barnet 2-2 Cambridge United (Conference)
23.11.13 – Grimsby Town 2-1 Barnet (Conference)
26.11.13 – Dartford 0-2 Barnet (Conference)
30.11.13 – Hayes & Yeading 0-1 Barnet (FA Trophy)
Played 5 – won 2 – drawn 2 – lost 1 – goals for 6 – goals against 4 – points 8
  • Luke Gambin returned from injury. The winger broke into the first team last season but a string of injuries meant he continue from where he left off.
  • Edgar Davids received a two match ban following his dismissal against Dartford – his second of the campaign. After returning, he saw red against Salisbury and was slapped with a three match ban. He then decided to retire from the game, due to being a ‘victim for referees’.
  • Keanu Marsh-Brown signed a new ‘long-term’ deal with the club, despite the rumours of interest from Football League teams. The midfielder also ended the year Bees’ top scorer.
  • Dani Lopez returned to action following the two months he had out with a shoulder injury.
07.12.13 – Barnet 1-0 Dartford (Conference)
14.12.13 – Barnet 1-2 Grimsby Town (FA Trophy)
21.12.13 – Hyde 0-1 Barnet (Conference)
26.12.13 – Barnet 1-2 Luton Town (Conference)
28.12.13 – Salisbury City 2-1 Barnet (Conference)
Played 4 – won 2 – lost 2 – goals for 4 – goals against 4 – points 6

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

Two Minutes With... Alfreton Town

Alfreton were the first team to visit The Hive in 2014, as Barnet were looking to pick up their first points of the year. Reds fan James (@I_amjimcrooks) made the trip to North London and gives his thoughts in the latest instalment.
Saturday 4th January 2014
Barnet v Alfreton Town
9th           3rd
Previous game:
Luton Town 2-1 Barnet
Alfreton Town 1-0 Wrexham
How did you get to the game?
I travelled separately from the rest of the Alfreton support. Coming to the ground on the tube, I got my first sight of The Hive on the approach to Canons Park Station.
What did you make of The Hive?
Initial impressions were of a small but tidy looking ground. 
I know there had been a lot of interest in this fixture amongst Alfreton fans, and a second bus had been filled for the long trip to Harrow. 
I arrived before the rest of the Alfreton faithful and decided to grab a coffee and watch the last 15 minutes of the Blackburn v Man City FA Cup tie. The facilities, whilst impressive, left me with little impression that I was at Barnet. I get the feeling that the club hasn't fully settled in to its new home. 
What did you make of the game?
It was a tight affair, with the better of the chances undoubtedly going to Barnet and for that I would say they deserved their win. Alfreton missed the work rate and aerial ability of Paul Clayton who was missing through illness.
The goal that decided the game was worthy of winning any game.
The away support was vocal throughout, with the home fans finding their voice in the last 20 minutes. 
Praise must go to the ground staff: the pitch looked excellent despite the recent weather. 
Who (from either side) impressed you?
The midfield of Barnet looked good on the ball with plenty of slick passing to try and drag the Alfreton defence out of position. David Stephens was awarded the man of the match and I would say this was fair enough; however, Alfreton did play to his strengths.
Who (from either side) could have done better?
John Akinde is a frustrating player for me, as he looks dangerous on the ball and can at times be un-playable but doesn't have the work rate needed to play as a lone striker. 
Was the score line a fair reflection on the game?
There wasn’t much between the sides, but Barnet deserved the points for creating more clear-cut chances. They could have won by a bigger margin in the end too. 
Who do you play next and how do you think you’ll do?
We next play on Tuesday night, away at Lincoln City. This is as close as we get to a local derby with Mansfield Town now in League Two. Sincil Bank has been a happy hunting ground for Alfreton since their promotion into the Conference, so I'm quietly confident of a positive result there. 
Price of match day ticket
7/10 – I paid £17 which is expensive, but is not out of line with other prices at this level. Some fans paid £20 to sit down however and this caused some confusion: seated supporters entered through the same turnstile as standing, we were unsure why you would pay extra when no one was checking. 
Purchases made at the ground
9/10 – Nice cup of coffee at a decent price, friendly catering staff. Good choice of beer in the bar, although I wasn't drinking so can't comment on quality. 
8/10 – Nice, new terraced stand for away fans. 
Quality of football
7/10 – Quite a scrappy game due to the conditions. Both sides looked good when getting the ball down and passing. Barnet had that bit more quality. 
Overall experience
8/10 – Decent game of football played in poor conditions but on a surprisingly good surface. A fair result with Barnet taking the three points. I believe both sides will be looking at a play-off place at the end of the season. 
Total = 39/50
Post Match
Table – Barnet 6th / Alfreton 3rd
Following game
Lincoln City v Alfreton Town (7th January)
Chester v Barnet (18th January)

Thanks James!
If you’ve been to The Hive this season, give me a shout and you can be your club’s voice. Additionally, if you know you’re heading down for your game, let me know - @Luuuce_x

Sunday, 5 January 2014

2013 round-up (part three)

Players out
·         Sam Cowler
The goalkeeper left, having only made two appearances last season, as back up to Graham Stack. The former West Ham youngster took to Twitter to share the news stating it was a “difficult decision to make but at the end of the day as a footballer I want to play games”.
First trip to The Hive
·         The official site showed off this gallery of images to show off the progress made at The Hive. While the turnstiles had been installed and the floodlights under construction, work was well underway in the East Stand and a members’ bar was even being built underneath the Main Stand.
·         Davids was happy with the number and quality of the players retained but also stated he would be hoping for a few more additions come the beginning of the 2013/14 season.
·         Two Spaniards in Luisma Villa and Roberto Casabella were on trial with the Bees and Fairclough sang their praises post Hendon. He kept quite tight-lipped about their future in black and amber, but said a decision would be made by the end of the month.
·         The kits for the upcoming campaign were released: the traditional amber and black for the home kit, while the away strip’s purple and white.
09.07.13 – St. Albans City 1-3 Barnet (pre-season)
20.07.13 – Barnet 0-1 Ipswich Town (pre-season)
23.07.13 – Barnet 4-1 Hendon (pre-season)
27.07.13 – Barnet 1-4 MK Dons (pre-season)
30.07.13 – Hitchin Town 0-3 Barnet (pre-season)
Barnet v Ipswich (pre-season)
Players in
·         Marciano Mengerink
The Dutch forward had been training with the Bees for over a month before putting pen to paper on a two-year deal, subject to international clearance. Joining from SDV Barneveld, he had previously worked with Schreuder.
·         Luisma Villa
The 23-year-old had previously played in the third tier of Spanish football, but began his career at Racing Santander, where he even played 20 minutes against Barcelona! Having impressed pre-season, he signed alongside...
·         Roberto Casabella
Another Spanish midfielder, Casabella most recently played for Moldovian side Milsami Orhei where he featured in the Europa League. As a youth player, the 26-year-old played for both Real Madrid and Atl├ętico.
·         Nick Jupp
The goalkeeper arrived on a short-term deal from St. Albans City, as back-up to Graham Stack.
Players out
·         Dom Vose
Another Robson signing departs. The former West Ham youth player left by mutual consent with only two appearances in the black and amber to his name. He later joined Colchester United.
·         George Sykes
The young striker departed on loan to Bishops Stortford in order to gain first team experience.
·         Jamal Lowe
No stranger to a loan spell, Lowe joined Hitchin Town on a short-term deal.
·         Elliot Johnson and Luke Gambin both signed extensions on their contracts. Both players broke into the first team last season, with Johnson becoming a regular in the Bees’ back four.
·         The trio of international signings received international clearance ahead of the opening game against Chester.
·         Jake Hyde and Keanu Marsh-Brown were called up to the England C team after a number of good performances in the opening handful of games. Hydey had scored five in five, while KMB had already chipped in with two goals.
03.08.13 – Barnet 1-2 AEL Limassol (pre-season)
10.08.13 – Barnet 3-0 Chester (Conference)
13.08.13 – Tamworth 0-0 Barnet (Conference)
17.08.13 – Gateshead 1-2 Barnet (Conference)
24.08.13 – Barnet 1-1 Nuneaton Town (Conference)
26.08.13 – Braintree Town 0-3 Barnet (Conference)
31.08.13 – Barnet 3-2 Hyde (Conference)
Played 6 – won 4 – drawn 2 – goals for 12 – goals against 4 – points 14
Players out
·         Freddie Warren
The midfielder left for Canvey Island on a month’s loan
·         Jake Hyde – the striker was sidelined for up to three weeks with a hamstring injury, sustained in the game against Lincoln.
07.09.13 – FC Halifax Town 2-1 Barnet (Conference)
14.09.13 – Barnet 1-1 Lincoln City (Conference)
17.09.13 – Aldershot Town 3-3 Barnet (Conference)
21.09.13 – Alfreton Town 3-1 Barnet (Conference)
24.09.13 – Barnet 1-2 Macclesfield Town (Conference)
28.09.13 – Barnet 3-1 Salisbury City (Conference)
Played 6 – won 1 – lost 3 – drawn 2 – goals for 10 – goals against 12 – points 5