Barnet have sights on play-offs as troubled Notts County arrive

By Alex Briggs

League Two’s top scorer John Akinde will be looking to add to his 15 goals this season as play-off chasing Barnet welcome Notts County on Saturday.

Barnet will aim to pile the misery on Notts County, just days after being faced with a second winding up petition.

The Magpies head south looking to end their baron run of form of four games without a win as pressure builds on manager John Sheridan.

“It will be a tough game for us but we’ll go there believing we can get something. We’ll go there fighting,” Sheridan told the MagpiePlayer.

 

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Barnet, currently under the guardianship of former Notts manager, Martin Allen, will be without Alie Sesay who will sit out his final out of a three-match ban.

Life away from home has been much more successful for County who have won five out of eight away games this year.

Their trip to The Hive could prove a blessing in disguise as the East Midlands outfit look to rediscover the winning formula.

After ending a 16-year wait for an away win to league leaders Plymouth Argyle, head coach Allen said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the players. They got a real thoroughly deserved victory.

 

Last time round it was The Bees who came out convincing winners in a 3-1 scoreline, despite falling behind to an early John Stead goal.

However Notts won’t have the services of the former Premier League striker to call upon, as the league’s fifth top scorer is sidelined with an ankle injury.

It’s a game for familiar faces when the two sides face off, with Barnet’s Kyle De Silva and Jamal Campbell-Ryce facing their former side.

Barnet enter the game as favourites, as a win combined with results in their favour will see them climb into the play-off spots.

Sheridan also has other issues around his future at the club. Sitting 15th in the division, Sheridan will be hoping for a change in fortunes as issues off the pitch begin to overshadow the club.

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