SEASON PREVIEW | Barnet

Ben Griffiths-Trevor takes a look at Wrexham’s rivals in the National League this season.


Barnet

New Signings

  • Scott Loach- Goalkeeper from Hartlepool
  • James Dunne- Midfielder from Swindon

Departures

  • Dave Tarpey- Striker
  • Craig Robson- Defender
  • Mark Cousins- Goalkeeper
  • Byron Harrison- Striker
  • Wes Fonguck- Midfielder

Pre-Season Results

  • Berkhamstead (A)- W 5-1
  • Wycombe (H)- 1-1
  • Crystal Palace XI (H)- W 6-2
  • Peterborough (H)- L 3-1
  • Arsenal XI (H)- L 3-2
  • St Albans (A)-] L 1-0

Potential XI

3-4-3

GK- Scott Loach

CB- Dan Sweeney

CB- Callum Reynolds

CB- David Tutonda

LM- Elliott Johnson

CM- James Dunne

CM- Andre Boucard

RM- Harry Taylor

LW- Medy Elito

ST- Shaq Coulthirst

RW- Epson Mason-Clark

Summary

In the 2018-19 season Barnet finished the season in 13th place, safely in mid table. However on paper this looks like a mediocre season for the 3-times champions of the Conference. However, they had a long run in the FA Cup, beating newly promoted to the Premier League side Sheffield United at Bramhall Lane and then taking Brentford to a replay. This did have an effect on the fixtures and consequently on their finish in the table.

Darren Currie

With only two signings made so far in Scott Loach and James Dunne, Darren Currie has aimed to add quality to his side rather a summer overhaul. Keeping most of his squad intact from last season could prove to be a bonus for the Bees as the squad has already had a season to gel together.

Shaq Coulthirst

In my opinion keeping Shaq Coulthirst could prove to be the signing of the summer after scoring 12 goals last season. Currie didn’t lose much sleep over losing first choice goalkeeper Mark Cousins to fellow national league club Bromley as he moved quickly to sign a highly experienced goalkeeper in Scott Loach from Hartlepool United.

Scott Loach

The attacking options available to Currie are very good with Coulthirst, Mohamed Bettamer, Medy Elito, Dan Sparkes, Jack Taylor, Simeon Akinola, Epson Mason-Clark and Jack Barham. This attacking threat along with experience could be a danger to any defence in the National League this season.

Currie’s preferred formation is 3-4-3 or 5-2-3, watching highlights from a few of their pre season games the attacking threat is there from Barnet, looking quick and dangerous. However, teams may look at the gap between midfield and defence with teams taking advantage of this gap and the back three had looked a little disorganised with some of the goals conceded.

However, I see Barnet finishing higher than last season depending if they have another backlog of fixtures due to cup games. Barnet should be challenging for the play off eliminator places or perhaps just fall short.

Predicted Finish- Play off or just miss out

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