WHO ARE THE SHOTS PLAYING?
Barnet FC, also known as The Bees. Founded 1888.
WHERE IS THE MATCH BEING PLAYED?
At The Hive. Capacity (6,500 (5,419 seated).
HOW DID THEY DO LAST SEASON?
The Bees finished 22nd of 22 teams in last season’s National League, with 31 points from 42 matches played. However, they retained their place in the National League as there was no relegation last season.
HOW DID SHOTS GET ON AGAINST THEM LAST SEASON?
Both sides won their home matches against each other last season. In February 2021, goals from Jamie Sendles-White and Mo Bettamer saw The Shots prevail 2-1 at the EBB Stadium. Then in April, The Bees beat Aldershot Town 3-1, with Harry Panayiotou scoring a leveller for Shots, following JJ Hooper’s first half strike and further goals from Ephron Mason-Clark and Tomi Adeloye saw Barnet to victory.
WHO’S THEIR GAFFER?:
41-year-old Dean Brennan is Head Coach (Caretaker) of Barnet. Brennan, an Irish (Dublin) former player, has previously managed; Hemel Hempstead, Billericay, Kingstonian and Wealdstone, prior to joining Barnet, initially, as Head of Football, in June 2021, overseeing Harry Kewell’s brief spell in charge. Following Kewell’s sacking in September, Brennan is now in Caretaker charge of the Bees, picking up some important victories (most notably the 2-1 win at Stockport County on Saturday).
Fifteen players were released by Barnet, either during or after the 20-21 season. They included the likes of; Keeper Scott Loach (now at Chesterfield), Midfielder Anthony Wordsworth and striker JJ Hooper. Forward Josh Walker signed for Dagenham & Redbridge.
Just eight players remain at The Hive from last season. They include Defenders Ben Nugent & Ben Richards-Everton, plus midfielder Wes Fonguck and Forward Ephron Mason-Clark.
The eighteen new arrivals at The Hive this season include; Keeper Sam Sargeant and Defenders Jamie Turley & Joe Widdowson (all from Leyton Orient), Midfielders Josh Payne (Ebbsfleet United) & Mitch Brundle (Dagenham & Redbridge) and forwards Adam Marriott (Kings Lynn/Eastleigh) and Mason Bloomfield (Hartlepool United).
Josh Payne played 6 matches on loan at Aldershot Town from Oxford United in 2012, before joining permanently for one season, making a further 26 appearances and scoring one goal.
WHO’S GOT THE WHISTLE?
Saturday’s referee is Scott Tallis. This season, he has taken charge of 5 National League matches, showing 14 Yellow Cards and 0 Red Card. Ten of those Yellow Cards were shown in his first match of the season, Aldershot Town’s 1-2 home defeat to Yeovil in which both sides received 5 yellow cards.
WHERE TO FOLLOW THE MATCH:
Please note that the match is a late kick off (5:20pm). If you are not going to The Hive, the game is being televised live on BT Sport. Unfortunately, there will not be any live online BBC Surrey Sport commentary for this match. Rob Worrall will provide a match preview and first half updates into BBC Radio Surrey’s Saturday afternoon Sports Show, hosted by Gary Smith. There will also be Social Media coverage on Instagram & Twitter (@OfficialShots) with team news, updates and post-match coverage throughout.