Match preview: Barnet (h)

The SMH Group Stadium plays host to a big game as the top of the table Spireites take on second-placed Barnet.

A win for Paul Cook’s side will open up a five-point lead with a game in hand, whereas Dean Brennan’s side could move to the top of the National League table with a victory.

Here’s everything you need to know…

Match Details

Date: Saturday, November 11, 2023

Opponents: Barnet

Kick-off: 3pm

Competition: Vanarama National League

Location: SMH Group Stadium


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The Opposition

Name: Barnet Football Club

Nickname: The Bees

Founded: 1888

Stadium: The Hive

Capacity: 6,500

Manager: Dean Brennan


Conference Premier Champions | 1990/91, 2004/05 & 2014/15

Southern League Division One Champions | 1965/66 & 1976/77

Conference League Cup Winners | 1988/89

Southern League Cup Winners | 1971/72

FA Amateur Cup Winners | 1945/46

On Dean Brennan

Dean Brennan began his managerial career in 2010, whilst still playing for Hemel Hempstead Town, taking caretaker charge of the club. He became permanent manager after his playing career ended in 2012, spending six years with the Tudors. Spells at Billericay Town, Kingstonian and Wealdstone followed before the Irishman became manager of Barnet in 2021. With the club struggling at the time of his appointment, Brennan has since turned the Bees around with them mounting a very strong promotion push.

One to watch

Everyone is aware of the threat that Nicke Kabamba offers Barnet but very few clubs are able to stop him. After a great season last term, scoring 19 goals, the striker has continued his blistering form into this year – as he looks on course to beat his tally in the 2022/23 season.

This season in numbers:

Appearances – 21

Goals – 15

Assist – 0

Yellow Cards – 0

Red Cards – 0

Minutes Played – 1,747

Played for both

Curtis Weston joined Barnet from Gillingham back in 2012. Despite relegation at the end of that season, Weston and the Bees bounced back in tremendous style, winning the Conference title in 2015. The midfielder spent another three years with the club, leaving following relegation back to the fifth tier in 2018.

Weston subsequently followed Martin Allen and joined Chesterfield in the summer of 2018. A tough year or two followed with the Spireites struggling to adapt to life in the National League. However, the veteran emerged as a leader and a fans’ favourite thanks to his battling performances. Following the 3-1 defeat to Solihull Moors in the 2021/22 National League play-offs, Weston left the club after his contract expired.

View from the dugout

Danny Webb said: “Barnet have scored the second number of highest goals behind us and a lot of them have come through Kabamba, so we’re going to have to keep him quiet.

“It’ll be a great occasion. It will be tough, no doubt. I say it every week but we’ll be ready for them, focusing on ourselves and looking for three points.”