Tuesday 8th March 2016
Kick Off: 19:45
Barnet: The Bees lost 3-1 to Hartlepool United at the weekend, but had been on a good run of form until then; Martin Allen’s side have beaten Dagenham & Redbridge (2-0), Portsmouth (1-0) and Plymouth Argyle (1-0) since mid-February, as well as securing a last gasp draw against Accrington Stanley (2-2). Those results have left Barnet in 15th place going into Tuesday night’s game. The Bees are 13th in the League Two form table, with 12 points from eight matches.
To read Gary Waddock’s pre-match interview,.click here
Newport County: The Exiles are 6th in the division’s form chart after an impressive set of results in recent games. They are unbeaten in five of their last six matches, and have won four of those encounters. Their most recent victory came against Wycombe Wanderers on Saturday – beating the Chairboys 1-0 at Rodney Parade. That result lifts Newport to 20th in this season’s home form table, and they are currently 19th in League Two.
In The Dugout: 2015-16 has been a season of changes for Newport County. Terry Butcher began the campaign in charge of the Exiles, before being replaced by John Sheridan. The experienced manager left to join Oldham Athletic in January, leaving his former assistant Warren Feeney in the Rodney Parade dugout. The 35-year-old enjoyed a playing career that included 46 caps and five goals for Northern Ireland, and spells with Bournemouth, Stockport County, Luton Town and Plymouth Argyle. His only previous managerial experience was in charge of Linfield – the Blues finished runners up in the NIFL Premiership during his one full season as manager.
Dangermen: Former Sheffield United youngster Scott Boden has struck 14 times since joining the club in July. The 25-year-old marksman made over 100 appearances for Chesterfield earlier in his career – winning the League Two title in 2010-11 and the Football League Trophy the following year. Boden then scored 21 times in one season for Conference side Macclesfield, before hitting the net on 11 occasions with fellow fifth tier club Halifax Town.
iLenell John-Lews scored 20 goals last season for Barnet’s Conference rivals Grimsby Town, as the Mariners finished 3rd in the table. That was the most prolific campaign of the winger-cum-striker’s career – the Hammersmith-born forward had never previously reached double figures in a single season. John-Lewis moved to Newport last summer and has scored five goals in all competitions so far this season.
Barnet supporters will also remember former Bee Mark Byrne – the Irish midfielder made 173 appearances for the club during two loan spells and one three year stint at Underhill and The Hive. Byrne scored 19 goals for Barnet, before moving on to Newport County – he is currently the Exiles’ captain.
Last Meeting: Barnet have already played Newport County twice this season. The Bees were victorious in the clubs’ last meeting – running out 2-0 winners at The Hive, thanks to two goals from John Akinde. To read the report from the game, click here.
Ticket Details: Barnet supporters will be housed in the stadium’s Bisley Stand (seated), where advanced admission prices are: Adults – £19.00, Concessions (Senior Citizens, students and U22’s) – £15.00, U16’s – £9.00, Under 6’s – FREE. Please note that prices will increase by £2 on matchday. To find out more information, click here.
Travel: The supporters’ coach leaves The Hive at 14:00 and costs £24 return. You can also get a shuttle bus to The Hive for just £1 each way. For more details click here.
Follow The Match: If you can’t get to Rodney Parade, 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.