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07 April 2018 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview | Forest Green Rovers (h)

6 April 2018

EFL Sky Bet League Two – The Hive London – Saturday 7th April 2018 – KO 15:00pm

Last Time We Met:

Barnet became Forest Green’s first ever opponents in the Football League when these two sides last met.

The Bees travelled to The New Lawn on the opening day of the season, coming back from 2-0 down to take a point back to North London.

The hosts took a two-goal advantage into half-time after striker Christian Doidge bagged a brace in the final four minutes of the first period.

However, Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro pulled one back for the Bees 13 minutes into the second half before Jamal Campbell-Ryce completed the come-back just after the hour mark.

Barnet did end proceedings with 10 men after Jack Taylor picked up a second booking deep into stoppage time.

Manager:

Mark Cooper took charge of Forest Green at the back end of the 2015-16 season, just before their National League play-off final defeat to Grimsby Town.

Although the 49-year-old wasn’t in charge for that game, he was at the helm in the Wembley dug-out a year later, guiding Rovers to their first ever promotion to the Football League, beating Tranmere 3-1.

Cooper began his playing career in the youth set-up at Bristol City before making appearances for 16 different clubs, including Exeter City, Tamworth, Hartlepool and the club he now manages, Forest Green.

His first stab at a managerial career came at former club Tamworth where he was appointed player/assistant manager and player/manager respectively.

Cooper managed at eight clubs before taking charge at Forest Green, including Swindon Town, Peterborough United and Notts County.

Dangerman:

Christian Doidge scored a brace in our previous meeting with Forest Green. The Welshman arrived at the New Lawn in the summer of 2016 after winning player of the year and supporters’ player of the year at Dagenham & Redbridge.

Doidge maintained his form during his debut season in Nailsworth, scoring 25 goals, the second highest in the league.

He also wrote his name on the score sheet in last season’s play-off final victory against Tranmere Rovers, helping his side clinch promotion to England’s fourth division.

Doidge has continued to pose a threat in the final third for Forest Green this season too, scoring 16 goals in the league whilst accumulating five assists.

The striker appeared from the bench last weekend after an ankle injury kept him out for four games.

However, Doidge will be hoping to regain his starting spot this time around and add to the two goals he already has against the Bees this season.

Connections:

Bees goalkeeper Jamie Stephens began his playing career in Gloucestershire, starting out in the Forest Green youth set-up before moving on to Swindon Town.

Charlie Clough spent two years at Forest Green, making over 80 appearances and finding the net seven times before moving to the Hive during last season’s January transfer window.

Last Time Out:

Forest Green will arrive in North London this weekend off the back of a 2-1 home defeat to Colchester United.

It only took 16 seconds for the visitors to break the dead-lock after a Sammie Szmodic’s cross was converted in by Drey Wright from close-range.

Mark Cooper’s men drew level eight minutes before the break when Haydn Hollis was brought down in the box and Reuben Reid made no mistake from the resulting spot-kick.

However, it was the U’s who came out on top when Ben Stevenson nestled the bottom corner in the opening stages of the second half to score what proved to be the winner.

The result moved Colchester up to 10th whilst Forest Green stayed 21st, six points above the drop.

Forest Green side: Collins, Bennett, Hollis, Gunning, Wishart, Bray (Laird), Collins (Brown), Osbourne, Grubb, Reid, Campbell (Doidge)

Unused Subs: Belford (GK), Simpson, Cooper, Rawson.

Ticket Details:

Our £10 South Terrace ticket offer continues for this game, as does Kid a Quid anywhere in the stadium!

Click here for tickets.

Keep up with the game:

Full match commentary from every game is available on iFollow. If you live outside the UK & Ireland, you can watch a live video stream from the game on iFollow.

You can also get live match updates on Twitter throughout the afternoon. We are also on Facebook and will go behind the scenes on our Instagram.

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Match Reports

Match Report | Barnet FC 1-0 Forest Green Rovers

7 April 2018

Barnet responded to last week’s defeat to Stevenage in the best way possible after beating Forest Green Rovers 1-0, claiming back-to-back victories at the Hive.

Alex Nicholls’ first-half strike was enough to claim a vital three points for the hosts.

The Bees started on the front foot when both Shaquille Coulthirst and Nana Kyei forced Rovers’ keeper Bradley Collins into a save with less than a minute on the clock.

Barnet tried their luck yet again on 12 minutes when Forest Green’s shot-stopper had to produce another save after Ryan Watson pulled the trigger from 25 yards out.

The Bees continued to dominate proceedings and they nearly received their just rewards when David Tutonda let fly from the edge of the box just past the half-hour mark but his effort was denied.

Dayle Grubb could have put the visitors one-up four minutes from the break but his shot from the edge of the area lacked power, skimming past Craig Ross’ post.

However, Barnet’s positive first half was reflected in stoppage time when Coulthirst found Nicholls who buried his effort into the back of the net from the edge of the box, giving the Bees a much deserved opener.

Rovers had the first real chance of the second period after Reuben Reid’s long range shot deflected wide off team-mate Christian Doidge.

Reid posed another attacking threat just passed the hour mark when he found space to test his luck but his shot flew way over the bar.

Despite late pressure from the visitors, including a curling effort from Grubb and a dangerous header from Farrend Rawson, the Bees stood firm and saw out what proved to be a nail-biting encounter.

Martin Allen’s men travel to Grimsby Town in their next fixture as they aim to claim a vital third win in four games.

Bees Team: Ross, Brindley, Nelson, Watson, Weston (Fonguck), Akinde (Payne), Coulthirst, Tutonda, Kyei, Nicholls (Clough), Sweeney:

Unused Subs: McKenzie-Lyle (GK), Taylor, Fonguck, Shomoton, Akpa Akpro

Attendance: 1764 (225 Forest Green)

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Ticket News

Tickets | Lets keep the South Terrace buzzing for Forest Green

6 April 2018

The Bees are looking to bounce back from Monday when we take on Forest Green Rovers at The Hive London on Saturday.

It remains £10 for Adults in the South Terrace and £1 for Under 17's anywhere in the stadium.

There were 383 members of the Bee Army that sang their hearts out and roared the players on to victory against Crewe on Good Friday, can we beat that against Forest Green?

Tickets are available to purchase on the day and in advance by clicking here.

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