Match preview: Barnet (h)

The Spireites will be hoping they can get back to winning ways on Tuesday when they take on Barnet at the Technique Stadium this evening.

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Kick-off: 7:45pm
Competition: National League
Opponents: Barnet FC
Where: Technique Stadium


Purchase your tickets online here: Please use the Print at Home facility if possible.

A Covid Secure Area is also available for this fixture. If you are purchasing a ticket in this area, you will be placed in a socially distanced seat, face masks will be compulsory (unless exempt) and there will be a one-way system throughout the area. If you would like to purchase a ticket in this area, please book your seats in Blocks 1 and 2 in the Karen Child Community (East) Stand.

Tickets will be available online and in person right up until kick-off from the Club Superstore and the ticket windows. They can also be purchased over the phone – 01246 269300.

Away tickets can be purchased here: (BLOCK N3)

Live radio commentary

Our brand-new radio station, 1866 Sport, will provide commentary of all our National League games over the 2021/22 season. Supporters will be able to listen to full match commentary on the game, as well as pre-match/post-match analysis.

Don’t forget that 1866 Sport is on air 24-hours a day, seven days a week!

You can download the app from the Apple Store here:

If you’re an Android user, you can download the app here:

Alternatively, you can listen online here:

It is also available via Alexa.

Commentary is provided by Phil Tooley. It is sponsored by iDeal Flooring – check out their website here:

Social media

Our official Twitter page ( will provide regular updates on the match. It is also the place to find our exclusive goal GIFs, which are used when a player scores a goal.

Key news will also be posted on our Facebook page, which can be found here:

Our official Instagram page will keep you posted with key moments and content throughout the day on our stories:

The post-match interview with manager James Rowe will be posted to our YouTube Channel soon after the game is finished:

Highlights of the game will also be posted to our YouTube Channel.

After failing to score a goal on Saturday, James Rowe could look to change his front line and bring in Stefan Payne or Nathan Tyson. Kabongo Tshimanga and Danny Rowe, however, will be hoping to keep their places, while Payne and Tyson will be knocking on the gaffer’s door for a starting place. 

Curtis Weston, who dropped to the bench on Saturday against Dover, will be looking to come back into the starting XI after making an impact from the bench. 

Laurence Maguire is “struggling” according to the manager and could be set to miss the fixture; Jamie Grimes is likely to come into the starting XI if Maguire is unable to start.

Scott Loach looks set to keep his place between the sticks, after keeping four clean sheets in five matches.

Fact file

Name: Barnet FC
Nicknames: The Bees
Founded: 1888
Stadium: The Hive Stadium
Address: Camrose Avenue, London, England, HA8 6AG
Capacity: 6,500
Head coach: Harry Kewell

On Barnet

Barnet were formed over 133 years ago, back in 1888. Barnet were first promoted to the Football League in 1991 and since then they have spent several years floating between the National League and League Two. They were relegated back to the National League in 2018, alongside the Spireites, and are yet to regain promotion to the Football League.

Barnet will be hoping for a better campaign than their last, after finishing bottom of the table in the 2020/21 season. The COVID-19 pandemic suspended the National League North/South, which meant there were no relegation spots from the National League, meaning Barnet would retain their status in the fifth tier of English football for another year.

One to watch

Joe Widdowson is a 32-year-old central defender, who has spent lots of time in the English Football League, before once again dropping down to the National League to play for Barnet. He started his career at West Ham United, and over his career has made over 400 competitive appearances for a variety of different clubs, including Northampton Town, Grimsby Town and Leyton Orient.

The Spireites’ last three: (W/D/D)

Won – King’s Lynn 0-2 Chesterfield – National League

Drew – Chesterfield 2-2 Bromley – National League 

Drew – Dover Athletic 0-0 Chesterfield – National League

The Bees’ last three: (L/L/D)

Lost – Barnet 0-2 Dagenham & Redbridge – National League

Lost – Grimsby 4-3 Barnet – National League

Drew – Barnet 1-1 Eastleigh – National League

The last time Chesterfield faced Barnet, the Spireites clinched victory at The Hive, after goals from Adi Yussuf and Tom Whelan sealed all three points for the Blues.

Chesterfield have faced Barnet a total of 20 times, winning nine, drawing three and losing eight.