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Grimsby v Barnet

By: Alex Green
Date: 10/03/2008

NO rest for the wicked or mildly rude for that matter, Town face their fourth game in 11 days against a Barnet side still threatened with the chance of relegation.

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The Opposition

Overview

With 39 points so far Barnet are just 9 points above a resurgent Mansfield and with others around them picking up their form the Bees really need the 3 games in hand they hold over the vast majority of teams around them. Paul Fairclough will be happy to move on from the previous handful of games of which 7 of the last 8 have been against promotion contenders. Though a 4-1 victory over Shrewsbury gave renewed hope, with only 7 points from a possible 30 it is a real time to worry for Barnet's league status. After a rush of hope in September propelled Barnet up towards the league leaders the rich vein of form was quickly distinguished by November with defeats to Shrewsbury, Bury and ourselves. Though the recent tough fixtures have been a worry there is hope as Barnet have to play many of the teams around them so their survival is well and truly in their hands.

The Team
The Barnet team has a continental feel to it. Yakubu, Carew, Grazioli, Akurang and St Aimie are all brilliant for Scrabble but on the pitch they have yet to impress. One of the high points for Barnet is the discovery of Jason Puncheon once of MK Dons. At 21 Puncheon is the leading scorer but luckily for us he was sent off during their last game against Peterborough so we won't be seeing him on Tuesday night. Defensively Barnet recorded their first clean sheet against Nott’s County since the 12th of January against MK Dons.

Key Player
Adam Birchall. Former Arsenal man Bichall is one of the best forwards Barnet can count on and with 48 league appearances since signing from Mansfield. After his short loan spell at the club before then Birchall has camped up at Adams Park when he was part of Wycombe’s squad in 2004. With 9 goals to his name this season even with new boy Puncheon out due to suspension Birchall will be the man Barnet count on for the fire power.

Recent Form

TownBarnet
LMK Dons(h)0-1
DMorecambe (JPT)(h)0-0
WMorecambe(a)4-0
WMorecambe (JPT)(a)1-0
DWrexham(h)1-0
Currently 11th in League Two.
DNotts Co(a)0-0
LPeterborough(h)0-2
WShrewsbury(h)4-1
LMK Dons(h)0-2
LPeterborough(a)0-1
Currently 20th in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownBarnet
Danny North9
Danny Boshell6
Puncheon 10
Birchall9

Team News

TownBarnet

  • Town will be without winger Peter Till for the clash with Barnet after he injured a hip in the defeat by MK Dons.

  • Gary Jones and Martin Butler could retain their places after finishing the home game against MK Dons strongly.
  • Barnet will be without goalkeeper Rob Beckwith after he suffered a hamstring injury in the 0-0 draw at Notts County, so club captain Lee Harrison returns.

  • Jason Puncheon and Michael Leary are suspended and Adam Birchall faces a late fitness test on a tight hamstring.
  • Probable Teams

    TownBarnet
    G1Barnes
    D24Atkinson
    D6Fenton
    D3Newey
    M2Clarke
    M4Hunt
    M11Boshell
    M8Bolland
    M17Hegarty
    F19Jones
    F9North
    G18Beckwith
    D2Devera
    D5Yakubu
    D19Burton
    D21Gillet
    M7Adomah
    M4Bishop
    M24Wright
    M3Nicolau
    F10Birchall
    F26Akurang

    Subs

    TownBarnet
    13Montgomery
    5Bennett
    18Bore
    20Taylor
    23Butler
    1Harrison
    14Porter
    9Grazioli
    23St Aimie
    16Carew

    Head to Head

    Town have a perfect record against Barnet and haven't even conceded a goal against the Bees.

    P 5 W 5 D 0 L0 F13 A 0

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

    Last Meeting

    Barnet 0 Grimsby 3 (Sat 24th November 2007)

    Danny North was Town's hero as Grimsby crushed their hosts earlier this season at Underhill.

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    Prediction

    Grimsby Town 2 Barnet 0

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