Back Barnet for victory

Our League Two expert Nick Hext thinks Barnet can boost their survival bid with victory at York this weekend.

Last Updated: 16/02/13 at 08:54 Post Comment

The signing of Craig Beattie should help Barnet.

The signing of Craig Beattie should help Barnet.

Barnet's battle to stay in the Football League continues with a clash at York this weekend and there are reasons for the Bees to feel positive.

Last weekend's 0-0 draw against leaders Port Vale came as the result of a very strong performance and it led to Edgar Davids' men moving out of the relegation zone on goal difference.

Barnet have picked up wins at promotion contenders Rotherham and Gillingham in their previous five games and this week's signing of former Celtic striker Craig Beattie has further boosted their prospects.

The 29-year-old provides added attacking threat for the Bees and that can only be a good thing for a side with only one goal in their previous three matches.

Player-manager Davids knows goals are needed but his team are certainly on the up with a strong performance against Vale.

"If you have a display of football like this against the top of the league than you can't ask for more," he said after the goalless draw at Underhill.

"We played such great football and it's getting better and better. Hopefully the three points will come.

"Technically we were great and in attack we were great. We just weren't clinical enough."

York sit in 17th and they haven't won a game since beating Burton on New Year's Day.

The 0-0 draw against Gillingham in midweek was a boost but it followed a 4-0 loss at Wycombe and 4-1 defeat at home to Morecambe so all isn't well for the Minstermen.

There are plenty of injury problems at the back for York so this is the type of game Barnet should be looking to win if they are to pull away from trouble.

I think the Bees can do just that and will have a slice of Sky Bet's 3/1 for the away victory.


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