Barnet fans bracing themselves for another nail-biting campaign
You could forgive many Barnet supporters for praying on a season without the lingering threat of relegation.
For the past three years, the League Two outfit have secured their Football League status on the final day, producing unforeseen results under extreme pressure, condemning others to the drop.
Last season’s monumental final day effort at Burton Albion sparked uproar amongst the Barnet travelling support, who are now immune to the idea of last day survival acts from their side.
Since that frenetic conclusion to the last campaign, the Bees have appointed a new manager and lost the services of several key members of last season’s squad, including club captain and final day hero Mark Hughes.
Even so, many expect the Londoners to once again fight bravely against relegation in the forthcoming campaign, meaning Bees fans may have to endure another season at the wrong end of the League Two table.
Main goal threats
Pre season began with a 10-2 demolition of non-league counterparts St. Albans City, in which new signing Jon Nurse quickly established himself as one of Barnet’s main goal threats scoring twice in the route.
The Bees then took on a strong Charlton Athletic side at Underhill and were blown away within the first half an hour, as the Addicks quickly asserted their authority racing into a 3-0 lead.
Another pleasing note for boss Mark Robson was the impact of striker Nurse who added to his two goals in the previous game by grabbing a consolation before half time.
Robson takes his side to Blue Square bet South neighbours Boreham Wood on Saturday in another crucial pre season test.
The return to competitive action see’s Barnet travel to Championship outfit Birmingham City in the first round of the Capital One Cup, which for the first time will begin before the league season kicks off.
The new League Two campaign begins with a difficult trip to cash-strapped Port Vale, before home meetings with Bristol Rovers and newly promoted York City complete a testing opening month for the Bees.
However, the final day trip to Northampton Town could yet prove to be the most significant and poignant fixture on the calendar for all Barnet supporters.
By Daniel Ludlam
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