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Barnet v Grimsby Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 23/11/2007

AFTER the first win in the FA Cup since the second week of 2000 Town will hope to use their cup form to improve their dreadful league table position

Home > 2007-2008 Season > Previews > Barnet (a)


The Opposition

Overview

Finishing one place above Town last season the Bees have started well lying near the play-offs as we enter the half way point of the season. After being promoted in 2005 Barnet have made steady progress, improving slowly each season. This time round manager Paul Fairclough will want to fight for a place in the top 7 as his impressive form in charge of Barnet continues. With more limited resources then most Fairclough has received much attention from clubs higher up the league and the former Stevenage boss will hope that this season will be as good as his previous ones at Underhill

The Team
Lying in the top ten has been an achievement for the Bees but worries are setting in as their great start to the season seems to be slowly wearing down with just one win in seven. Barnet are under pressure to deliver at home on Saturday and start to turn their bad patch around. Jason Puncheon and Liam Hatch (left) are given the duty of breaking whoever Town will place between the sticks and so far both have provided a large amount of Barnet's goal tally this season with 11 goals. In midfield the Londoners can count on Michael Leary and youngster Max Porter while at the back experienced shot stopper Lee Harrison is able to help keep the clean sheets

Key Player
Young midfielder Jason Puncheon is really making a name for himself since his move from MK Dons with seven goals in the league this season from midfield. His performances are something for Town to worry about his link up play with Liam Hatch is exceptional and he can track back better then most in the league.

Recent Form

TownBarnet
WCarlisle (FAC)(h)1-0
LMorecambe(h)1-2
DDoncaster (JPT)(h)2-2 (5-4p)
DCarlisle (FAC)(a)1-1
LMK Dons(a)0-2
Currently 22nd in League Two.
WShrewsbury(a)1-0
WGillingham (FAC)(h)2-1
DNotts Co(h)1-1
LBury(a)0-3
DAccrington(h)2-2
Currently 9th in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownBarnet
Ciaran Toner4
Paul Bolland4
Puncheon7
Hatch6

Team News

TownBarnet

  • Bolland (ankle) and Barnes (tonsilitis) are both definitely out, as is Butler (hamstring).

  • Rankin (stomach) is doubtful after missing the last few weeks. Justin Whittle (ankle) is also doubtful.

  • Danny Boshell is still suspended from the sending off against Morecambe.
  • Barnet midfielder Ashley Carew returns from a one match suspension, while on-loan Josh Wright could be back after a hamstring injury.

  • Irish U21 central defender Joe O'Cearuill is also back from international duty.
  • Probable Teams

    TownBarnet
    G13Montgomery
    D2Clarke
    D5Bennett
    D6Fenton
    D3Newey
    M7Till
    M4Hunt
    M10Toner
    M17Hegarty
    F9North
    F19Jones
    G1Harrison
    D2Devera
    D5Yakubu
    D19Burton
    D21Gilet
    M6Leary
    M11Puncheon
    M4Bishop
    M14Porter
    F7Hatch
    F10Birchall

    Subs

    TownBarnet
    18Bore
    20Taylor
    TBAAtkinson
    TBAHird
    12Rankin
    18Beckwith
    23Norville
    14Grazioli
    15Hendon
    3Nicolau

    Head to Head

    Grimsby have an awesome record against Barnet: they have won every game and never conceded a goal!

    P 4 W 4 D 0 L 0 F 10 A 0

    Barnet Head-to-Head (1st on The Opposition Ladder)

    Last Meeting

    Grimsby 5 Barnet 0 (Sat 21st April 2007)

    A 5-0 spanking at the end of last season with nothing to play for. Danny North scored a hat trick!

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    Prediction

    Barnet 0-1 Grimsby Town

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