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BLOOMFIELD'S PITCH: PRE-FLEETWOOD

19 March 2013

A Fleet of Foot Forward

In September of last year Barnet went to Fleetwood and lost narrowly by a 2-1 scoreline. It was not a good day at the office with Graham Stack being red-carded when conceding a first-half penalty.

This decision obviously skewed the match in the home side’s favour and Jake Hyde’s 5th minute goal was cancelled out from the resulting spot-kick and the Cod Army scented victory.

The game was also noticeable for the brief appearance in the black and amber by the forward Ishmail Kamara. Some 163 brave souls had travelled north to see the game but if they blinked a few times they could easily have missed the Sierra Leone international’s fleeting contribution.

His introduction in the 80th minute was the last throw of the nice by the Bees. Sam Cowler had been called from the bench to take over from Stack after 24 minutes and Jack Saville had replaced Jordan Brown at half-time.

Poor Ishmail lasted just minutes before being crocked by a dislocated shoulder. This was annoying on many fronts; not least the fact that in the time he was on the pitch he had looked a dangerous striker.

He was mobile, with good control and it looked as if he might have goals in him. The question was then could the Bees snatch a late equaliser?

Then came the injury, the Bees were now down to nine men and there was going to be no way back into this match.

Kamara was in considerable pain after a number of pitch-side attempts to put the shoulder back and this was only achieved later that night in Blackpool infirmary after considerable medication and the deft touch of a skilled practitioner.

Little has been seen or heard of Ishmail since then. After an operation a long a steady period of rehabilitation has been undertaken and I still like to think that Ishmail can offer something this season.

This is largely based on the fact that I can still distinctly recall him picking up the ball out on the right-wing and driving directly at the Fleetwood goal.

It can be a long way back to the first-team for an injured player; I hope he can make it.

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