JAKE Hyde’s three-week lay-off with a hamstring injury has opened the door for Marciano Mengerink and Harry Crawford.
The duo capitalised on the star striker’s absence by scoring in Barnet’s thrilling 3-3 draw at Aldershot Town on Tuesday night.
Mengerink’s strike was his first for the club and Crawford took up good positions at the Recreation Ground to give Bees boss Edgar Davids plenty to think about.
And with Hyde’s boots there to be filled for the next few games, starting with a trip to Alfreton on Saturday, Crawford and Mengerink insist they are raring to go.
Crawford said: “I’m looking forward to playing as many games as possible, and to get into the team. I’d like to wish Jake a speedy recovery, and hope he gets back fit and helps the team as soon as possible. Hopefully I’ll get a few games in and score some goals.”
Dutchman Mengerink, who joined the club in the summer, says competition is healthy and believes Barnet have the squad to cope with the absence of such an influential player.
Mengerink added: “It’s good [the competition between the strikers]. Hydey’s done great when he’s played, and now he’s injured other people have to fill his gap.”
The draw with Aldershot came on the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Lincoln City on Saturday.
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