Fixture: Barnet vs Southend United
Date: 31st October 2022
Competition: National League
Venue: The Hive
The Barnet host Southend United on Tuesday night as The Bees look to extend their unbeaten run to five games.
The Shrimpers started the season slowly with only two wins in their opening nine league games. Southend’s recent form has seen them unbeaten in their last eight league games. Three consecutive wins has seen The Shrimpers rise into the play-off positions.
A win for The Bees on Tuesday would see Barnet leapfrog Southend in the table and potentially into the play-off places if top of the league Notts County beat Bromley.
About our opposition:
Nickname: The Shrimpers
Stadium: Roots Hall
Manager: Kevin Maher
Top Scorer: Callum Powell (5)
League Position: 7th
Recent Result: York City 0-2 Southend United
One to watch: Jake Hyde
Hyde has scored 3 goals in 8 games since returning from his opening day injury against Boreham Wood. The forward joined The Shrimpers on loan in the summer from fellow National League side, Wrexham after a season with limited game time.
Hyde is no stranger to Barnet having had two spells with the Bees in 2009/10 and between 2012/14. The striker scored 33 goals for the club across both spells in west London.
In the dugout: Kevin Maher
Kevin Maher is a Southend United legend having played 454 games for The Shrimpers between 1998 and 2008.
This is Maher’s first permanent managerial position in football. He was appointed Southend head coach in October last season after a poor start to life in the National League under Phil Brown.
He guided Southend to a comfortable mid-table finish and this season has the club sat 7th in the National League.
Our last meeting: Barnet 1-3 Southend United
Last time we faced Southend was in April earlier this year at The Hive. The Bees fell to a 3-1 defeat after early goals from Harry Cardwell and Jason Demetriou. Adam Marriott pulled one back for The Bees in the second half but the three points were secured by James Dunne deep into stoppage time.