Match preview: Barnet (a)

The Spireites are back in National League action on Saturday when they take on Barnet at The Hive. The Blues will be looking to continue their form in the league where they left off, with a win against King’s Lynn Town last time out. James Rowe will have a selection headache, with a few players returning to the squad recently following injury.

Here’s all you need to know…

Date: January 15, 2022

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: National League

Opponents: Barnet

Where: The Hive London


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Live radio commentary

Our in-house 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. 

Luke Croll signed a new deal with the Spireites last week, which will keep him at the club until the end of the season. The defender will be hoping he can retain his starting place in the side after a battling performance against Chelsea.

Kabongo Tshimanga will be hoping to get back on the scoresheet. The striker has scored 18 goals in all competitions this season.

Liam Mandeville and Saidou Khan will be battling it out for the number 10 role.

Jak McCourt, Nathan Tyson, and Stephan Payne have all struggled for competitive minutes in recent weeks and will be looking to change that as quickly as possible.

Meanwhile, Jack Clarke has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after rupturing his hamstring.

Fact file

Name: Barnet FC

Nicknames: The Bees

Founded: 1888

Stadium: The Hive Stadium

Address: Camrose Avenue, London, England, HA8 6AG

Capacity: 6,500

Manager: Dean Brennan

On Barnet

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

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 defender has scored three goals in nine appearances this term.

The Spireites’ last three: (D/W/L)

Drew – Chesterfield 1-1 Halifax – National League

Won – Chesterfield 1-0 King’s Lynn Town – National League

Lost – Chelsea 5-1 Chesterfield – FA Cup

The Bees’ last three: (W/L/W)

 Lost – Barnet 2-3 Boreham Wood – FA Trophy

Drew – Boreham Wood 0-0 Barnet – National League

Drew – Barnet 1-1 Altrincham – National League

The Spireites were victorious against the Bees last time out, winning 4-2 at the Technique Stadium.