Barnet Football Club



Henry Newman: “A good opportunity to show they’re ready to step up”

Academy manager Henry Newman says Tuesday’s FA Youth Cup match at The Hive is a good opportunity for Barnet’s Under-18s to prove they are ready to step up.

The young Bees host Luton Town on the first-team pitch at The Hive. There will be paying spectators and much more which will be new to the players on both sides.

And Newman says it is a platform for Bees to show they can make the step up into Rossi Eames’ Under-21 side in the future and, perhaps, turn out for Martin Allen’s first team.

"It’s a good opportunity for those boys to show they’re ready to make that step up over the next year or couple of years," Newman said.

"They will be putting on a performance on the first-team pitch they’ll hopefully put on in a first-team shirt in years to come.

"Naturally all the players are looking forward to it. My job as a coach – along with Dean selvey – is to play those expectations down a little bit and make sure they are taking it one step at a time.

"There will be no difference in our preparations and the fact it is on the first-team pitch doesn’t make a difference – we will be looking to right the wrongs of the 4-3 defeat to Luton in the league.

"We’ve played some games in non-league stadiums before this to give them some experience. But that doesn’t replicate the feeling they will get on Tuesday night."

You can watch Henry’s full interview below. For those who wish to come to the game, there is FREE entry for Barnet FC members. More information here.