Barnet Football Club



Opposition Watch: Margate

The Barnet first team squad will play their penultimate pre-season friendly on Tuesday night with a trip to the seaside, as they take on Margate FC at Hartsdown Park.

The Gate currently compete in the Ryman Isthmian Premier Division, part of the seventh tier of English football, where they finished in 11th place with 64 points last season.

Margate are managed by Terry Brown, who famously achieved three promotions in four seasons with AFC Wimbledon to lead the newly-formed Dons from the same division into the Football League for the very first time in 2011.

New Chairman Bob Laslett has stated that achieving promotion is the top priority this season, and Brown has brought in a number of new faces this summer as he seeks to make that aim a reality.

These have included 28-year-old defender Brett Johnson from Woking, 27-year old midfielder Lewis Taylor from Carshalton Athletic and 25-year-old striker Zac Attwood from Maidstone United.

Other star names include former AFC Wimbledon pair Jamie Stuart in defence and Luke Moore in attack.

Meanwhile another familiar name lining up for Margate will be Charlie Allen, son of Barnet manager Martin. After joining Margate in March from Gillingham where he won League Two under his father, the 22-year-old will be looking to continue his form from the end of last season which saw him score seven goals in thirteen appearances.

Terry Brown’s team have by and large enjoyed a successful pre-season campaign so far, kicking things off with a 3-0 win over AFC Wimbledon before defeating a Wolves U21 side 5-1 last Friday. In between those two games, the Gate also narrowly went down 1-0 to Barnet’s Conference rivals Dover Athletic.

The Bees have played Margate competitively six times, winning four, drawing one and losing one. The last time that the sides met was in the 2003/2004 Conference season at Underhill, an encounter which saw Barnet come away with a 3-1 victory thanks to two goals from Giuliano Grazioli and an Ian Hendon penalty, with former West Ham player Manny Omoyinmi grabbing the consolation goal for the visitors.