Barnet Worries

I wrote on here a few weeks back that fans of the lower leagues, the ones who know what football is really about, will only start to look at the table until the Christmas decorations have gone up.  I can announce that Rochdale Council have, in fact, begun putting up their decorations and the league table is shaping up nicely after 10 games.  Charlton are the early pace setters in league one.  Next follows two relegated teams in Preston, who have had their best start to a season since 1959, and Sheffield United, who came undone at Adams Park last weekend.  It is the latter of these that will play host to Charlton this weekend in the pick of the games.  It is a mouth watering prospect which will give an indication to Charlton’s true strength and United’s ability to challenge against the top teams in this league.  Defeating Bury and Colchester at home is necessary, but an emphatic win against Charlton doesn’t seem likely.  It would send a message out to the rest of the division.  With games against Preston and then the small matter of the Steel City Derby, October could define the Blades season.

Other tasty games in League One this weekend include MK Dons hosting Notts County who are flying high at the moment.  Hartlepool play host to Sheffield Wednesday and Preston travel to east London to play Leyton Orient who prop up the table.  With the teams from the top end of the table facing daunting games this week, it will give us a strong indication as to where they might finish come May.

Dropping down a league, the early pace setters in League Two, Southend and Shrewsbury, play on Friday night.   Basement club Plymouth hope that the continuing off-field uncertainty can be forgotten as they travel to money-bags Crawley.  The League Two leaders travel to the English Riviera to play Torquay.  There is no real indication of how league Two will play out, but for Bradford, Barnet, Hereford and Plymouth, it is looking like it could be a long year.

Barnet are worried about their short term future at Underhill.  I would be worried if the club’s long term future was at Underhill.  The pitch has a slant that would put Yeovil’s old ground to shame.  Joking aside, I have been to Underhill twice to watch two shocking games of football and thoroughly enjoyed both visits.  I sincerely hope their stadium worries are resolved sooner rather than later.  One thing is looking brighter for Barnet, Matt Lockwood hasn’t returned on loan.  That defender couldn’t tackle a word puzzle and would struggle to mark the corner flag.  His hair was ridiculous too.


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