Barnet Football Club



Flowers expecting tough Dorking test

Flowers has been in charge for just two training sessions heading into his first match in charge. The team have been training out on the Astro-Turf in preparation for the weekend’s tie which take place on an astro pitch at the Meadowbank Stadium. 

Whilst it’s been a busy few days, Flowers has enjoyed the hustle and bustle of being back out there managing again. 

He said: “It’s been hectic that’s for sure! We have had the players out on the astro for the last couple of days, where I have been able to assess the squad and start implementing my ideas. It’s been a very busy first few days but we look forward to getting into our first match, so we can take a good look at how we shape up. 

“Confidence isn’t going to be sky-high, but the only way you can get out of things is by working hard and double your efforts. Hopefully with hard work, we can start to turn the ship around and head back in the right direction.”

The Bees head to a Dorking Wanderers side who are going extremely well in the Vanarama National League South, the Wanderers sit third in the league, losing just two matches all season. 

Speaking ahead of the trip to the Meadowbank Stadium, the boss is under no illusions how tough of a test it’ll be for his Bees side. 

“This is a pickup fight if you want to put it in boxing terms. Dorking are a very good side, I have seen some footage and have the reports on them, they are a good side. They pop it around nicely on their astro pitch, they play through from the back and through the thirds, but they also have a real physical element to them as well. 

“They look a really good side, they are very much an up and coming club and team. We couldn’t have got a much tougher draw outside of our division. We have prepped on the astroturf, so there are absolutely no excuses. This is going to be one tough football match if we are not at it and don’t get things right, we are going to get unstuck. 

“I’ll be very interested to see how we rock up to the game, I have had a number of chats with the lads, they know what I expect from them and my teams. They certainly know what I expect from those representing Barnet Football Club. That’s what I’ll be looking at intently tomorrow afternoon.”

The Bees have been bolstered by the news that Ben Fox has joined on an initial one month loan from Burton Albion, as he becomes Flowers’ first signing since taking over. 

The boss spoke openly about his plans for the coming weeks following the signing of the Brewers midfielder:

He said: “It’s pointless me coming in and changing nothing, we are going to have a look at one or two things. If it works, great we will carry on and if it doesn’t I’ll be revisiting that straight away on Sunday and looking at how we can improve. 

“There are a number of things that must improve at our football club under my remit, from sports science to a few other things. I want the very best that these players can have, so there are absolutely no excuses when they cross the white line.

“So we are moving heaven and earth as a Football Club to put that structure in place, hopefully, we will have some news on that in the not too distant future. But we have identified a number of area’s that need improving and we are moving quickly to try to remedy that.”

Bees fans can tune into tomorrow’s FA Trophy clash, by tuning into Dorking Wanderer’s live stream. You can find out more about the stream by CLICKING HERE.