Barnet Football Club



Darren Currie previews trip to Aldershot Town

Yesterday saw our Boxing Day clash with Boreham Wood at The Hive London postponed following torrential rain in North London. 

However, The Shots trip to Eastleigh was also beaten by the weather leaving both sides fresh ahead of this weekend’s encounter. 

The boss felt frustrated that the game with The Wood was called off, but was keen to focus on the positives that a break between matches can bring. 

“With Aldershot’s game being cancelled, it gives us an equal playing field on Saturday. It gives us that extra day where can do a tiny bit of work that leads into our game on Saturday.

“Obviously I am dissapointed the game was cancelled, but safety of players and those procedures in place meant that the pitch wasn’t playable. 

“I wanted the game to be an enjoyable football match, where the best team comes out on top. If it had gone ahead it could have been a disaster of the game because of the conditions of the pitch. We apologise the game hasn’t gone ahead but we look forward to the game being brought out so we can build into that.”

The Bees have won their last three Vanarama National League fixtures and find themselves right amongst those who are in the hunt of a play-off place. 

Last time out Currie led his side to an emphatic 4-1 triumph over Maidenhead United and he believes the mood is high ahead of the trip to the EBB Stadium tomorrow afternoon. 

“We go there in a good place and go there confident at the minute. We look forward to it and we’re in a good place, the key is staying in that place.

“There is no such thing as an easy game, there’s a nice big pitch over at Aldershot. We beat them earlier in the season and that tends to motivate teams even more to try and get one back.”

Currie’s side are scoring plenty of goals throughout this run of wins and striker Simeon Akinola is the man in form at the moment after he notched two in the win over Maidenhead. 

That brings the Bees number 14 to 12 goals for the season now following his recent hat-trick in the home victory over Ebbsfleet united. Akinola will be hoping to provide the goals that bring the Bees into touching distance of the play-off comes 17:00 on Saturday afternoon. 

Currie was full of praise for his attacker and highlighted his work ethic off the pitch as one the key factors to his recent rich vain of form.

“He’s in very good form at the minute, I have a lot of conversations with Simeon, he’s quite a deep guy, he wants to talk a lot which I like. He wants to improve and get better by listening. 

“What’s been nice is some of the things we have discussed have been playing out in his game. There is no doubt about it at the minute he is a real threat for us.

“Him and Walker forming a nice partnership, working well together. As a pair they are probably quite difficult to play against at the minute. Hopefully that continues and hopefully for Simeon his purple patch in front of goal continues.”

The Bees short trip to The Shots has been boosted by the return of Dan Sparkes from suspension and Ephron Mason-Clark who returns after suffering concussion away to Barrow. 

Currie is pleased to have strength in depth heading into the weekend and believes there could be more in contention at the turn of the year.

“It gives us one or two good attacking options, so that is really pleasing. We have had them back training with us and Ephron has had the all clear now to start playing again.

“They are the two real pluses and by the time this cancelled fixture with Boreham Wood comes round, I’m hoping we will have one or two more available for that game as well.” 

You can watch the bosses full interview below.