Barnet Football Club

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Match Preview | Notts County

The Bees welcome title chasing Notts County to The Hive as they look to maintain their push for the play-offs.

 

Barnet come into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Yeovil Town thanks to goals from Potter and Nicke Kabamba.

 

Notts County also come into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory over Eastleigh, a game which they actually found themselves 1-0 down in.

 

The two sides have met competitively a total of 26 times, with the Bees only winning 7 of those meetings. Of the remaining 19 meetings, Notts County have won 16 with the sides only setting for a draw on 3 occasions.

 

Nickname: Magpies

Founded: 1862

Ground: Meadow Lane

Manager: Luke Williams

Top Scorer: Macaulay Langstaff (36)

League Position: 2nd

Form: WLDWW

Recent Result: Notts County 3-1 Eastleigh

 

One to watch: Macaulay Langstaff

 

Langstaff is the Magpies’ top scorer in the 2022/23 campaign, and by some margin too. Having scored an impressive 35 goals already this season, the second-highest scorer at the club has only managed 16.

 

Thanks to his ruthless goalscoring ability Langstaff has made himself the first name on Luke Williams’ team sheet with the centre-forward appearing in 97% of all possible starting 11s this season, playing a further 91% of all possible minutes available to him.

 

The 26-year-old has also contributed towards 36% of all of Notts County’s goals this season, meaning Brennan’s men will have to keep a very keen eye on him if they want to keep him quiet.

 

The Englishman has only ever played against the Bees once throughout his career but has never lost to Barnet, as well as scoring in the game he did play in.

 

In the dugout: Luke Williams

 

Following a short playing career in non-league football, Williams began coaching as an FA Skills Coach and moved onto work with youth set-ups at the likes of Leyton Orient and West Ham United.

 

Following his spell at West Ham, Williams became a development coach for Brighton and Hove Albion in 2010. During his 3 years at the club, Williams was in charge of the u21 and reserve teams.

 

In 2013, at the end of his 3-year stint on the south coast, Williams made a move to Swindon Town where he would join as assistant manager. In 2015, following the departure of the head coach, Williams was made caretaker manager before later being named as the club’s head coach.

 

Since then, Williams has been at Bristol City, MK Dons, Swansea City and now finds himself at Notts County who sit 2nd in the National League.

 

Williams has managed just one game against the Bees, which was the 4-1 victory his side recorded earlier in the season.

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