Ford is slowly motoring back towards full fitness

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Defender Simon Ford managed an hour in the midweek reserves defeat against Rotherham United. However the man returning from calf injury isn’t likely to be part of the starting 11 that travels to Barnet, who yesterday appointed Martin Allen as manager.

Dwayne Mattis and Ian Breckin both put in 80 minutes in that game and look set to join the squad.

With Jack Lester set to be rested, Derek Niven, who was spared the second string game, could return to midfield to replace him. Should the Scot get the nod, either Deane Smalley or Dean Morgan would move into attack.

Winger Kieran Djilali could also come into the equation, like Niven he didn’t feature in the reserves indicating he may well be at the forefront of the manager’s weekend plans.

If Lester does feature, possibly as a late sub, he would notch his 500th career league appearance.

John Sheridan is certain to retain the bulk of the 11 that saw off Millers with Dean Holden and Gregor Robertson likely to continue as centre backs especially as Bees’ main attacking threat will come from the mobile Izzy McLeod. Ex Blade Steve Kabba has been out (hamstring) and is unlikely to start.

Craig Davies is hoping for a better match than his debut against Bees. Though Chesterfield won 2-1, Davies was given a straight red for a foul on Kabba that kept the Barnet man out for a month.