26 February 2024
The Ravens are back in action tomorrow night as they make the short trip to the north of the capital to face Barnet at The Hive London.
Last Time Out:
Neil Smith’s side fell to their first home defeat of the season on Saturday, losing 2-1 at the hands of Barrow.
Dior Angus opened the scoring on 36 minutes before Scott Quigley gave the visitors a two-goal cushion in the early stages of the second half.
A Bromley come-back looked to be on the cards when Michael Cheek pulled one back with four minutes to go but the Bluebirds held on to clinch the points.
As for the Bees, they shared the points at Dagenham & Redbridge in their last game on Saturday after Josh Walker cancelled out Angelo Balanta’s opener just before half-time.
A Look At The Opposition:
Barnet will be eyeing a return to the Football League come the end of the season after facing the drop from League Two in 2017.
The Bees finished level on points with Bromley last season, clinching a 13thplaced finish in their first campaign back in the fifth tier since 2015.
Tomorrow’s opposition currently occupy a play-off place as they sit sixth and a win tomorrow could lift them up to fourth.
Barnet have won three of their seven games on home turf this season and are unbeaten at The Hive since mid-August when they lost to Dover Athletic in their only defeat at home this campaign.
The Bees, who have won once in their last five games, have netted 21 goals, three less than Bromley but hold a better defensive record having only conceded 17.
The Ravens will be travelling to a ground which was opened in 2013 and has a capacity of 6,500 whereby 5,356 are seated.
Who’s In Charge?
Darren Currie made over 100 appearances for Barnet between 1998 to 2001 and returned to the club to take up the assistant manager role under John Still in 2018.
However, when the latter announced his retirement in December of that year, it paved way for Currie to take the spotlight in a caretaker capacity.
After impressing in the dug-out, he took the reins permanently back in January, embarking on his first job as a full-time manager.
Currie started his coaching career at Boreham Wood before taking up an assistant manager role at Dagenham & Redbridge under Still before the pair moved to north London.
As a player, the 44-year-old started at West Ham United before signing for Shrewsbury Town and Plymouth Argyle respectively ahead of his 1998 move to Barnet.
Currie left the Bees for Wycombe Wanderers before making a switch to Brighton & Hove Albion three years later.
Ipswich Town was his next destination where he also played for Coventry City and Derby County on loan before signing for Luton Town in 2007.
Currie then joined Chesterfield ahead of a move to Dagenham following a loan spell with the club before playing for Boreham Wood and Hendon respectively towards the end of his career.
Top Scorer: Simeon Akinola
Bees forward Simeon Akinola is currently the club’s top scorer this season with six goals to his name.
The 27-year-old bagged three in the Bees’ opening three games before adding to his tally against Chesterfield, Halifax Town and Fylde respectively.
Alfie Pavey re-joined Barnet last month after penning a deal from Dover Athletic. Whilst at Millwall, the 24-year-old was sent on loan to the Bees in 2014 before Bromley borrowed his services two years later. The forward made seven appearances during his brief spell with the Ravens.
Coach Ben May netted four goals in 11 appearances for Barnet after joining on loan for the remainder of the 2011-12 season in March 2012 from Stevenage.
Luke Coulson is also a former Bee after joining the club from Eastleigh in 2017 before leaving the north London side 11 appearances later for Ebbsfleet United.
Adam Mekki could also come up against his former club tomorrow after joining the Bees in 2014 before making 11 appearances in a brief spell at the club.
Mark Cousins, who will miss tomorrow’s game, signed for the Ravens in the summer after a season with Barnet. The shot-stopper kept 20 clean sheets in 53 appearances since joining in June 2018 from Dagenham.