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BARN-STORMER!

Posted on 23 March 2006  - 12:00

Lee Barnard is back in business and still on course to take the top goalscorer's crown in the Barclays Reserve League South.

Lee Barnard is back in business and still on course to take the top goalscorer's crown in the Barclays Reserve League South.

The striker returned to action and was straight back amongst the goals again in the 2-0 win at Leicester City on Tuesday after five weeks on the sidelines.

'Barney' picked up an injury just when his impressive season was reaching new heights at the start of February.

Having featured in a couple of squads, he made onto the substitutes bench for the Premiership clash against Charlton at the Lane on February 5.

Unfortunately, a couple of days later he was hit by the foot sprain that stopped him in his tracks.

"The injury came at a really bad time," reflected Lee after Tuesday's win. "I felt I was playing well and managed to get involved in the first team squad.

"I was on the bench against Charlton and felt confident so the injury really knocked me back. It was so frustrating."

It hasn't all been bad news though. For a start, the reserves continued winning and pulling further and further clear at the top of the table.

And an added bonus was that despite missing five matches, Barney still finds himself at the top of the goalscoring charts just ahead of Arsenal's Arturo Lupoli.

Tuesday's goal was number 19 and clinched another maximum return three minutes from time. Andy Reid had earlier opened the scoring as Clive Allen's men navigated through a scrappy encounter.

"I was pleased to be back and to contribute to another win," said Lee. "It's been a fantastic season for the reserves and hopefully we'll go on to win the title. We're taking nothing for granted though.

"I want to try to get to the form I was in before my injury and I had a few chances at Leicester.

"It didn't seem to be going my way but I kept strong mentally, knew the chances would come and eventually I stuck one away."

As for the icing on the cake and that top goalscorer's crown, Barney added: "I was suprised to still be top because I was out for five weeks and I thought Lupoli would overtake me but he hasn't. That's pleasing and hopefully I'll get a few more. It would be brilliant to be top goalscorer in the league."