On a windy day at The Hive, we saw two matches between Barnet and the MK Dons.
First up, the women who played the London Bees, which is more or less Barnet.
The Dons ran out fairly comfortable winners in the end as their squad depth told with the second half side, taking the game by the throat in some ruthless finishing with decent passing moves in the build-up.
Goals from Gould, O’Brien, Puddick, M.Welham, and one from a Trialist saw Charlie Bill’s side victorious in their build-up to the new season.
At 3pm, it was the men. The Dons were looking for an improvement on UK soil from Tuesday before heading out to Germany for a week.
On the whole, not too many can leave the outskirts of the capital with any credit. Many failed to deal with the difficult conditions and were troubled by a well organised opposition.
One that can is Callum Trip, who was featuring in the right back role. The development the lad has shown since we saw him at Rushden last season at this stage is testament to his fantastic attitude. He showed a maturity beyond his years. He linked well with Tucker, Gilbey, and Williams as he played like he’d been there for years.
Got to talk about Mo Marmite Eisa next. He will probably be forever known as the most devisive player amongst the fans. He gets goals. Today, he got one. It was a rather good and one to be fair. I called as almost impossible. His touch from Gilbey took him around Walker, and with the touchline and a rather solid advertising board getting close, he slotted home from the tightest of angles.
This week has shown, perhaps, more than ever, why he’s only played 5 games at Championship level and roughly 50% of his career at League Two or lower. He appears lazy and uninterested so much of the time. He was caught offside inside 30 seconds and has only got more than 20 once in his six pro club seasons.
He gets goals. He could get so many more and could have been a regular at Championship level.