Salford City will be hoping to avoid a third game without a win when they travel to Barnet for the first time on Tuesday night.
Consecutive home draws in the league against Braintree Town and Ebbsfleet United have allowed Leyton Orient to reclaim top spot, but the top of the league remains congested with both Salford in second and Wrexham in third a point behind.
Perhaps surprisingly, Barnet aren’t one of the teams in contention in the play-offs at the moment following their relegation from League Two last season. They moved swiftly to appoint John Still for his third spell in charge in the summer, but it took five games before the Bees tasted victory, a 1-0 win at Chesterfield.
The priority for Barnet will be to return to the Football League as soon as possible, where they have spent the last three seasons. As a club they have fluctuated between the league and non-league’s top tier since they first reached the Fourth Division in 1991. They were relegated in 2001, promoted again in 2005, returning to the Conference from 2013 until 2015 when they were promoted as Champions.
Any Barnet fan will admit they made a slow start to life back in the National League, but since those first few weeks without a win they have quite silently gone about their business. Once they have played their game in hand against fellow play-off chasers Sutton United, they could be within four points of the play-offs so they haven’t got much catch-up to play.
Saturday’s win at Barrow was a big statement as it has just started to open up the gap between the top and bottom halves of the table.
The Bees have also found some familiarity by qualifying for the Emirates FA Cup First Round where they host Bristol Rovers after beating Braintree Town 4-2 just over a week ago.
October has been kind to The Bees with three wins from three and two clean sheets, and Still will be hoping to make it four from four on Tuesday evening.
They will be looking for a third league win in a row after victory at Barrow on Saturday and a 2-0 win against Solihull Moors on their last league outing at The Hive right back at the start of October. Throw in-between the FA Cup win against Braintree and recent form reads well for Bees fans after ending September four games without a win.
One to watch – Wesley Fonguck
October has been a productive month for the 21-year-old midfielder too, who has three goals in two league games which have made him the club’s top scorer. In addition, he made his England C debut in the 1-0 win over Estonia Under-23s at Leyton Orient, playing the full 90 minutes.
The midfielder joined the club for Croydon as a youngster and graduated to make his first team debut against Crawley in May 2016. A further 20 appearances in the Football League last season make Fonguck a mature player for his age and working with Still can only help him to develop further. For now he appears to be shouldering the responsibility being given to him well, and he is definitely one for Salford to keep an eye on at The Hive.
The Salford stopper made five appearances for Barnet on loan from Oxford United in 2015, when The Bees were in League Two.