We profile Barnet's opponents on Saturday, Nuneaton Town

Summer signing Ben Hutchinson during his spell with Mansfield Town. Picture: Action Images

Summer signing Ben Hutchinson during his spell with Mansfield Town. Picture: Action Images

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Now in their third season in the Conference Premier, Nuneaton Town began the 2013/14 campaign in flying form, winning seven of their first nine fixtures to top the league.

Twelve months later and The Boro sit in 22nd place after three matches without a win or a goal; garnering just one point from a creditable draw at Grimsby Town.

Kevin Wilkin was the man who oversaw last season’s stunning start to the season but the 46-year-old, who was in his first job at the time, left in March to take up the reins at Conference rivals Wrexham.

The former Nuneaton Borough striker then took two of the club’s more important players – winger Wesley York and forward Louis Moult – to the Racecourse Ground in the summer.

Wilkin’s Dragons rubbed further salt in Nuneaton’s wounds on Tuesday night when they won 1-0 in Wales thanks to Moult’s fourth-minute strike.

Current manager Brian Reid, who took over following Wilkin’s defection, has been quick to stamp his own image on the squad, making 14 additions this summer.

The most recent of that plethora of new faces were defensive duo Jordan Cranston and Exodus Geohagon.

Cranston joins on a free transfer from Wolves after spending part of last season on loan with the club, whilst 6ft 5in centre-back Geohagon makes Nuneaton his 16th club, with Barnet among those the 29-year-old has turned out for.

Striker Tyrell Waite, 21, has also returned to Liberty Way on loan from League 1 Notts County – another player to return to the club after spending part of last season with The Boro.

Waite – who joins on an initial one-month loan deal from the Magpies – is one of several forwards recruited to make up the goal shortfall left by the departed Moult, who netted 17 times in the league.

Former Middlesbrough and Celtic prodigy Ben Hutchinson has arrived from Mansfield Town, the 26-year-old having failed to live up to the expectations of him at Celtic Park during a three-year stay with the Scottish giants.

Brazilian forward Magno Vieira has signed on loan from early league leaders Forest Green Rovers, the 29-year-old having made his name during a goal-laden two-year spell with Fleetwood Town.

Having started his career at Wigan Athletic, the 5ft 9in striker scored three times in eight league starts with Barnet during the 2006/07 season.

Jorrin John, signed from Corby Town in the summer, is another striking addition but the 23-year-old has been utilised in a right wing-back role in Reid’s 3-5-2 system.

On the opposite flank another summer addition, former Alfreton Town defender Connor Franklin, is likely to start, with the centre of the Boro defence the only element of the side which remains from last season.

Behind them, former Arsenal goalkeeper Reice Charles-Cook has joined on loan from neighbours Coventry City – one of four players to have joined The Boro from the Sky Blues.

Boro boss Reid has a fully-fit squad to choose from and the former Philippines Under-23 coach says he is “fully confident” in his “qualities as a manager” after a winless start to the season.

Speaking to the club’s website, the Paisley-born 44-year-old said: "I am the one who is going to judge what is the best system to get the best out of my players and if we are not doing the right things, I am not afraid to change it.

"This is the first time as a manager I have played 3-5-2, and I am experienced enough, and qualified enough to know if I really do have to change it. Different players are suited to certain systems and I am fully confident in my qualities as a manager and the quality of the players that we have.”

Reid added: "I have a great belief that we will get back on track and our first goal will make the world of a difference to the team. If Jorrin John had scored rather than hit the bar against Eastleigh, that would have changed that game and who knows how many points we would have by now."

Likely Nuneaton Town starting XI: Charles-Cook; Dean, Cowan, Street; John, Brown, Dyer, Armson, Franklin; Vieira, A.Brown.

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