Kevin Watson: “That was a kick up the backside”

Kevin Watson thought his side looked like a team with a hangover from a long away trip rather than Barnet, despite the Bees having had a late return from Barrow on Saturday. “Barnet got home from Barrow at 4.45 on Sunday morning because their lad had a head injury and they sat in the hospital…

Barnet 5-2 Fleet

Barnet turned the tables on the Fleet after losing by three goals at the Kuflink Stadium earlier in the season by racking up their own margin at The Hive. Twice Fleet responded from being a goal down but all too quickly surrendered their avenue back into the game and the Bees were out of sight…

Ball hopes Fleet are off their chain

Ebbsfleet midfielder James Ball is hopeful that first home win and clean sheet can lead to bigger things as his side shrugged off the low of Barrow to deliver the high of Barnet. “It felt great,” Ball told BBC Radio Kent’s Charles Webster. “It’s been a long time coming. Obviously you want to pay the…

All about character, says Hendon

Fleet assistant manager Ian Hendon saw his old side Barnet put to the sword after a troubling weekend for his current club and he said the response was all about character. The former Barnet defender was given the media-reaction responsibilities by Garry Hill following Fleet’s 3-0 win on Tuesday night. “Garry’s delighted with the result…

Fleet 3-0 Barnet

A lot, lot better was what Garry Hill asked for and a lot, lot better was what Garry Hill got. Ebbsfleet achieved their first win at home, their first clean sheet and their first three-goal tally to lift themselves three places off the bottom of the league with a fine win over play-off-chasing Barnet. Supporters…

Can Fleet be stung into action on home soil?

The Bees are in town but Fleet have a huge challenge on their hands to get the Kuflink Stadium buzzing after Saturday’s defeat to Barrow. It was no understatement when Garry Hill said his side would “have to do a lot, lot better” than the “very sorry” team that trooped off after 90 minutes but how…

Adams raises a smile on and off the pitch

Ebou Adams produced a man-of-the-match-winning performance in midfield to collect the sponsors’ champagne at the end of 90 minutes but he almost introduced himself to them before that when he clattered into an advertising hoarding towards the end of the game. The midfielder decided against intercepting a ball destined for the touchline and instead slid…

Tight-knit Fleet show resilience

Resilience and togetherness is helping push the Fleet nearer the play-off positions said Garry Hill following another three points and yet another clean sheet at the Kuflink Stadium this afternoon. “We got stronger in the last 20,” Hill told BBC Radio Kent’s Matt Cole. “We were definitely the stronger team. We’re showing a resilience and…

PREVIEW: Barnet

Things have definitely been a lot worse for both Fleet and visitors Barnet this season. But with Saturday’s contestants on an upward curve, there’s definitely the prospect of an intriguing Vanarama National League clash ahead. It’s Barnet’s first visit to the Fleet for 14 years when, captained by our current assistant manager Ian Hendon, the…

Introducing Ian…

Ian Hendon will be the man assisting Garry Hill following the latter’s appointment on Thursday. The 46-year-old former defender will take his place alongside the manager and existing Fleet staff in the dugout as Cheltenham Town are first up for the new-look management team. Hendon won the FA Youth Cup and was part of the…