Notts County have the opportunity to put things right this evening, as they welcome Barnet to Meadow Lane.
The Magpies were beaten 1-2 on home soil this past weekend by Grimsby Town. Despite an early breakthrough from Cal Roberts, goals from Ryan Taylor and a match-winner Michee Efete ensure the Mariners returned home with all three points. The past three games have not gone to the intended plan for Ian Burchnall’s side, picking up just one point out of a possible tonight. Arguably, there is no better time to return to winning ways in this rearranged fixture, due to the fact many fellow promotion rivals are not in Vanarama National League action this evening. It broke out on Saturday evening that Notts have registered huge interest in Kidderminster Harriers’ Sam Austin. The attacker played a key role in the Harriers’ FA Cup glory and a move to Notts County is on the horizon because of his successes. The transfer would be fee required due to Austin being under contract, however, maybe some supporters could spot him looking on this evening. As for the current squad, there are no fresh injury concerns nor suspensions coming into tonight’s clash. After staggered recent form, the likes of Aaron Nemane may be called upon once again but the aspect containing the highest importance overall is the requirement of the key players returning to their previous impeccable forms. The forms that have disappeared as of late and is a key reason for current difficulties finding three points when it matters most, as other promotion rivals continue their winning habits.
As for the visitors, they come into the game off the back of a 1-3 away victory over Aldershot Town. Goals on the day from Robert Hall, Sam Beard and Adam Marriott ensured that Tommy Willard’s ninetieth minute strike was nothing more than a consolation goal. this away victory was gratefully welcomed by the Bees following off-filed controversy involving racial abuse on-going between the club and Stockport County. Beyond the incident, it had been reported that Jamie Turley had been suspended by the club and whilst still suspended will miss the opportunity to return to his former home in Meadow Lane. Barnet welcomed Notts County to the Hive on the opening day of the current Vanarama National League season. This same day saw the Bees stung badly by the Magpies as they left 0-5 winners’ courtesy of a brace from Ruben Rodrgiues and a goal each for Kyle Wootton, Cal Roberts, and Jim O’Brien. Currently sitting seventieth in the league, Dean Brennan’s side have only won just once in their last eight games, that win as mentioned coming in their previous game. Whilst the Bees travel to Nottingham in quest of building on their weekend success, a squad still struggling due to on-going investigations will struggle to leave Meadow Lane with a positive result, especially given the importance of three points for the hosts this evening.
So, what can you expect from this fixture?
I would expect a much-improved Notts County display given it could not possibly be any worse than the second half performance this past Saturday. For a club who clearly has their sights set on promotion, these games can not result in anything less than a win. Barnet were impressive last time out but will need to be significantly better this time out against higher quality opposition. In conclusion to this, Barnet will look to break the high press of the Magpies, but I believe mistakes will be made leading to a home victory.
My prediction: Notts County 3-0 Barnet.
- Notts County: WWDLL
- Barnet: DLLLW
- Notts County: Jaros, Richardson, Lacey, Cameron, Brindley, Taylor, Brunt, Palmer, Rodrigues, Roberts, Wootton.
- Barnet: Oxborough, Richards-Everton, Taylor, Greenidge, Woods, Thomas, Beard, Fonguck, Marriott, Powell, Hall.
Venue & time:
- Meadow Lane, 7:45pm Tuesday 8th February 2022.
*Article provided by K-Ci Rennicks (Notts County Correspondent).
*Main image @Official_NCFC Notts are back at Meadow Lane after weekend defeat v Grimbsy.