No wins all season. Just three points from twelve games. A goal difference of minus eighteen. You would think that most Town fans would be confident going into tonight’s clash with a side with such a record but Cobblers Law states that it’s never that simple. Northampton Town are pretty much the best side you can face when you need a win and are on a dismal run of form so this evening’s clash at Underhill is actually one of the more concerning trips of the season so far…
Awful start for our hosts…
The Bees, as mentioned are without a win all season and sit bottom of League Two having made another great escape on the final day of last season when they sent Hereford United down to the Conference in their place. Last weekend saw them defeat 4-1 at home to Plymouth Argyle to leave them within five points of Aldershot a place above them.
Davids in place and registered to play…
There’s been plenty of talk and hype and it looks like former Holland international Edgar Davis has been registered to play against the Cobblers after joining Barnet as a player/coach last week. The 39-year-old played over seventy games for his country and spent successful spells with the likes of Ajax, Milan, Juventus, Barcelona, Inter, Spurs and Crystal Palace during his long career. Davids has been cleared to play this evening and could even start the game.
Defender Anthony Charles spent two years at Underhill between 2005 and 2007, making over sixty appearances for the club.
As mentioned, Edgar Davids has been registered and is available to play for Barnet this evening. Elsewhere, new signing Collins John limped out of the home game against Plymouth last week so he’s a major doubt.
There have been more problems for the Cobblers this week with David Artell added to the injured list ahead of the trip to Underhill with a slight Achilles tear that could keep him out for up to three months. He joins Luke Guttridge and Ben Harding as long term absentees with John Johnson and Danny East also likely to miss out again.
Previous Six Meetings…
21/01/12: Cobblers 1-2 Barnet (League Two)
Bayo Akinfenwa put the Cobblers into the lead in the clubs’ last meeting but Barnet recovered and turned the game around in the second half with Mark Byrne and Ricky Holmes doing the damage.
01/10/11: Barnet 1-2 Cobblers (League Two)
An important win at Underhill for the Cobblers just over a year ago. Ricky Holmes put the home side in front after fifteen minutes but Aaron Davies equalised before Ben Tozer scored a dramatic winner in the last minute for Town.
05/02/11: Cobblers 0-0 Barnet (League Two)
Tame stalemate at Sixfields in the 2010/11 season as both sides have to settle for a point.
20/11/10: Barnet 4-1 Cobblers (League Two)
One of the most disappointing afternoons of that season came at Underhill despite Leon McKenzie putting Town in front early on. Liam Davis was then sent off, though, and Steve Kabba levelled from the spot a few minutes later before edging his side into the lead just before the break. Grant Basey made it 3-1 just after half time and then Ricky Holmes put the icing on the cake in stoppage time.
28/12/09: Barnet 0-0 Cobblers (League Two)
Another goalless game between the sides despite Barnet being reduced to ten men on the hour mark as Dean Sinclair was given his marching orders.
04/09/09: Cobblers 1-3 Barnet (League Two)
Barnet continued their good start to the 2009/10 season by coming from begin to win at Sixfields. Ben Marshall had given the Cobblers the lead but a second half comeback saw Ahmed Deen, Paul Furlong and John O’Flynn seal a good win for the Bees.
The Man in the Middle…
Darren Sheldrake is the man in charge this evening at Underhill. He last took charge of the Cobblers during the 2-2 draw at Cheltenham Town last season.
I really want to think that the hype for Mr Davids will mean that the Cobblers are more focused than ever this evening and that we can come away with a victory. I’m going to stay positive and hope for the best and that we don’t fall victim to another bad run ending against the Cobblers! I’ll go for a 1-0 away win.