It seems some time ago since the Bees claimed all three points in one match – five weeks ago to be precise – when a late strike from Harry Crawford gave Barnet a 3-2 victory over lowly Hyde.
The good fortune that you sometimes need to turn draws into wins and defeats into draws seems to have deserted the team in September whilst early on in the season the ball was running in the sides’ favour.
Of course it’s not all about good fortune – over the season the fervent hope is that it all balances itself out – and a dip in form cannot be denied.
In all of the games this month there have been patches during the 90 minutes where the Bees have had their opponents looking bemused and puzzled with Barnet clearly enjoying the upper hand.
You could even say this at Alfreton; but these moments have passed much too quickly and opponents have then begun to assert themselves with many of the goals we have conceded looking to have ended up in Barnet’s net a little too easily.
Of course the consequence of all this is to have lost top spot in the league table until we currently reside in mid-table.
Football is nothing if not a game that offers constant hope. The situation can always be reversed and suddenly your team can be going in the right direction.
On Tuesday night, without Jake Hyde and Keanu Marsh-Brown, the side was missing some of its goalscoring potential, as their ten goals between them would attest.
But one bright spot was the return to form of Mauro Vilhete, who looked hungry to make an impression and his well taken goal certainly did his hopes of establishing himself as a first teamer a considerable boost.
Barnet have clearly got all the elements to have a good season, it’s just that these elements haven’t come together in a coherent fashion so far this month; but there surely remains every reason to hope that it can all start to come together again.