Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 9th January 2016
Kick Off: 15:00
Barnet: The Bees endured a difficult afternoon when they visited Northampton Town in the first match of the New Year – the high-flying Cobblers came away with all three points after a convincing 3-0 win. However Barnet’s performances in the previous four matches had been encouraging. Martin Allen’s side were unlucky to lose to Cambridge (2-1), beat Crawley Town (4-2) and Newport County (2-0) to record back-to-back wins, and played well in the away draw with Yeovil Town (2-2). The Bees also have the third best home form in the division, so there is reason for optimism ahead of consecutive home fixtures at The Hive.
Bristol Rovers: The Gas have been enjoying life back in League Two this season, and find themselves sitting in 5th place following a good run of form in December and early January. Rovers are unbeaten in seven matches and have won five of those games – putting them 2nd in the current form table. The Pirates have also been impressive on the road, and have the fourth best away record in League Two. However their two draws in the last couple of months have been away from home; securing a point against mid-table Exeter City (1-1) and AFC Wimbledon (0-0).
In The Dugout: Darrell Clarke began his managerial career at Salisbury City while still playing for the Whites in 2010. The former Mansfield Town and Hartlepool United midfielder enjoyed a successful spell as player-manager at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium – winning promotion from the Southern League Premier Division and the Conference South via the play-offs. His success at Salisbury alerted Bristol Rovers, who were struggling at the foot of League Two when Clarke took charge. The 38-year-old manager couldn’t save the Pirates from the drop, but took them back into the league at the first time of asking last season. Bristol Rovers won promotion to the fourth tier via the play-offs; beating Grimsby Town in front of 47,029 fans at Wembley.
Dangermen: Prolific striker Matty Taylor has 13 goals so far this season. The 25-year-old has excelled in his debut League Two campaign, after winning promotion with the Pirates in 2014-15. Taylor found the back of the net 18 times in the Conference last season, following his transfer from Forest Green Rovers – the 5ft 9in poacher had scored 22 times in 96 matches for the Nailsworth club. He also enjoyed a productive spell with non-league side North Leigh from 2009-11. The forward scored an impressive 80 goals in 92 games during that two year period.
Bristol Rovers fans will no doubt be excited about new signing Liam Lawrence, who has joined the club this week. The midfielder won 15 caps for the Republic of Ireland during an impressive career that has seen him win four promotions and play in the Premier League. Lawrence starred in the top flight for Sunderland and Stoke City, having gained promotion from the Championship with both clubs. In recent years the 34-year-old has played in the Greek Super League with PAOK, and captained Shrewsbury Town to League Two promotion last season.
Last Meeting: Barnet lost 3-1 at the Memorial Stadium earlier this season. Lee Brown opened the scoring with a 30 yard drive after just two minutes, before Jermaine Easter doubled the Pirates’ lead in the second half. Curtis Weston pulled one back for the Bees in the 85th minute, but Matty Taylor struck two minutes later to secure the win for Bristol Rovers. You can read the report from that match here.
Ticket Details: You can book tickets in advance of the game online here, or by phone on 020 8381 3800. Tickets can be bought on the day of the match, but only at the Ticket Office.
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It is recommended to arrive early to avoid queues.
Travel: You can get to and from The Hive by taking our Shuttle Bus service. To find out more and check the bus timetable, click here.
The service will be running as usual on Saturday, but the club are now offering a 50% discount for supporters travelling on the first bus to / last bus from The Hive. Find out more here.
Food & Drink: Grazioli’s Bar (under the West Stand) will be open from 12:30, and will be serving our range of top quality burgers. Wycombe Wanderers v Aston Villa is the televised early kick-off on Saturday, so why not head down to the ground early and enjoy a pre-match beer before the game?
We’re offering 50% off all matchday hospitality for our clashes with Bristol Rovers and Carlisle United, so click here if you fancy watching this weekend’s game in style!
Prize Draw: Tickets for the Amber Triple Chance Draw are available for just £1. You could win a guaranteed first prize of £200, a £300 Jako voucher in our monthly draw, and be entered in an end-of-season draw for a year’s free Bees Membership! You can get tickets from our sellers around the ground.
Follow The Match: If you can’t get to The Hive, you can listen to full commentary of the match on Bees Player HD. We’ll also have live twitter updates throughout the game, and a match report & post-match reaction on barnetfc.com.