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Grimsby v Barnet Preview

By: Alex Green
Date: 26/09/2008

GRIMSBY once again face a crunch relegation six pointer against struggling Barnet at Blundell Park, one of the few teams in League Two they have a marvellous record against.

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The Opposition


Hey a team doing worse then us! And they don’t even have a point deduction. One point from a possible 21 and an astonishing -12 goal difference already, Paul Fairclough isn’t doing too well. Barnet have always had trouble when facing The Mariners in all the games we have competed against them The Bees haven’t managed to retain a single point have managed to scored the mind boggling total of one goal. Never mind guys have you seen our defence this year? Those having a terrible record over Town Barnet managed to finish well clear of them in the league last season finishing five places off a play off spot. A lack of goals away from home ruined any chances of play off aspirations only scoring 19 on the road third lowest after relegated Mansfield and struggling Nott’s County.

The Team
Unfortunately for Barnet Carew and Yakubu are just Premiership namesakes but the Bees can boast former Mariner trialist Nicky Nicolau as well as former Arsenal youngster Andy Birchall. In goal the Bees rely on the vastly experienced Lee Harrison (left) who can name Charlton, Fulham and Orient has just some of his previous clubs. The defence is the usual mix of young and old: Kenny Gillet, Joe Devera and the already aforementioned Nicolou all will retain places for tomorrow’s game at the back. Midfield is usually comprises of Michael Leary, Max Porter and Danny Hart with a front pairing of Birchall and Adomah.

One to Watch
Albert Adomah. Albert has been at Underhill for just over a year and managed to score ten goals in his first season for the Bees this year. After Barnet’s early hammerings (two 3-1 defeats, a 4-0 and a 4-2) Barnet and Adomah have both controlled themselves with Albert scoring in their previous two games. At the young age of 21 big things are expected of the youngster and a goal tomorrow would continue his solid start to the season.

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Team News


  • New signings Malvin Kamara and Tomi Ameobi are both set to start for Grimsby.

  • Richard Hope (ankle) and Robbie Stockdale (calf) are back in contention for a recall, with Stockwell most likely to start.
  • Barnet captain Ismail Yakubu is expected to be passed fit and John O'Flynn will make his first start.

  • Defender Yakubu continues to be hampered by a troublesome hip injury but should keep his place in the side.
  • Squads

    1GKPhil Barnes
    2DFRobbie Stockdale
    3DFTom Newey
    4DFRyan Bennett
    5DFMatthew Heywood (c)
    6DFRichard Hope
    7MFPeter Till
    8MFPaul Bolland
    9FWMartin Butler
    10MFChris Llewellyn
    11MFDanny Boshell
    12DFJamie Clarke
    13GKGary Montgomery
    14MFJames Hunt
    15DFMatthew Bird
    16DFJavan Vidal
    17MFNick Hegarty
    18MFPeter Bore
    19FWDanny North
    20FWAndy Taylor
    21MFSimon Heslop
    22FWNathan Jarman
    23MFGrant Normington
    24GKLeigh Overton
    24MFLiam Trotter
    TBAMFMalvin Kamara
    TBAFWTomi Ameobi
    1GKRob Beckwith
    2DFJoe Devera
    3DFKenny Gillet
    4MFNeal Bishop
    5DFIsmail Yakubu
    6DFMichael Leary
    7MFAlbert Adomah
    8MFMax Porter
    9FWCliff Akurang
    10FWAdam Birchall
    11MFNicky Deverdics
    12FWLuke Medley
    15MFJoe Tabiri
    16DFAshley Carew
    17MFDanny Hart
    18GKLee Harrison (club captain)
    19FWElliott Charles
    20DFIan Hendon (Assistant Manager)
    22DFJeremy de Magalhaes
    24MFNicky Nicolau
    25GKRan Kadoch
    29FWJohn O'Flynn

    Head to Head

    Town's record against Barnet is legendary. Grimsby have never not won, and only conceded one goal against the Bees. The aggregate score is 17-1 between the clubs.

    P 6 W 6 D 0 L 0 F 17 A 1

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


    Towm to finally record a victory.

    Grimsby Town 2-0 Barnet

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