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Alfreton Town v Barnet - Preview
1:48pm Friday 20th September 2013 in Sport
Barnet will travel to Alfreton Town tomorrow without top scorer Jake Hyde and that gives strikers Harry Crawford and Marciano Mengerink the opportunity to establish themselves in the Bees starting XI.
Hyde is set to miss the next three weeks with a hamstring injury according to Barnet head coach Edgar Davids.
The striker missed the midweek draw with Aldershot Town which allowed Crawford to lead the Bees attack.
Playing the as the lone frontman is not easy and it is a role Crawford admits he is new to. But he netted the Bees equaliser against the Shots on Tuesday evening and hopes to add to his tally over the coming weeks.
He said: “I usually have played in a 4-4-2 at the clubs I have been at but it is a position I want to make mine.
“I will work hard to try to and establish myself in the team but when you are up front you know it is your job to score goals.”
He continued: “I’m looking forward to playing as many games as possible.
“I’d like to wish Jake a speedy recovery and I hope he gets back fit and helps the team. But hopefully I’ll get a few games in and score some goals.”
Mengerink came off the bench against Aldershot and scored his first professional goal in the draw.
When asked about the competition for places, the Dutch striker replied: “It’s good. Hydey has been great when he’s played but now he’s injured other people have to fill his gap.”
Alfreton sit eighth in the early Skrill Premier table and claimed a hard earned point against Cambridge United in their midweek fixture.
“It is another tough game and no team is easy in this league,” Crawford said. “I like to think people see us as one of the strongest sides in the division and they will up their game when they play us.
“But we will work hard and go there looking to get the three points.”
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