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Preview | Stevenage (h)

25 August 2017

Sky Bet League 2 - The Hive London - Saturday 26th August 2017 – KO: 3pm

Team News: 

Curtis Weston (knee), John Akinde (knee), Elliott Johnson (knee) and Richard Brindley (ankle) will all not be available for this weekend’s game. No Barnet player is suspended.


Last Time We Met:

Stevenage were victorious on April 1st earlier this year as they ran out 1-0 winners over Barnet at Broadhall Way.

The winning goal came in the 12th minute, Tom Pett’s effort taking a massive deflection, sending Jamie Stephens the wrong way. Barnet did all they could to get back into the game, but the Stevenage defence stood firm.



Stevenage manger Darren Sarll’s coaching career began at Stevenage working with the reserve team. Spells at Brentford and Rotherham followed before he came full circle and arrived back at Stevenage as Head of Youth.

He was promoted to first team coach after the appointment of Teddy Sheringham as manager. When Sheringham was sacked in February 2016, Sarll was named as caretaker manager. After losing six of his first nine games, Boro brought in Glenn Roeder to advise Sarll.

After guiding the side to an 18th-place finish, Sarll was given the manager’s job on a permanent basis. His playing days as a midfielder featured appearances for Hitchin Town, Bedford Town, St Albans City and Hemel Hempstead.



Matt Godden is yet to get off of the mark so far this campaign, but his 21 goals in all competitions last season was only bettered by a handful of players in this division.

He made his professional debut for Scunthorpe in 2010 but first found his scoring boots at Ebbsfleet United where he bagged 47 goals in 91 games. Stevenage signed him in the summer of 2016.


Last Time Out:

Stevenage picked up their first win of the season last weekend, winning 3-1 against Grimsby Town.

They took the lead through Danny Newton in the 36th minute before Jonathan Smith doubled their advantage just before the half time whistle. On the hour mark, Grimsby were reduced to ten men and seven minutes later the game was put beyond all doubt when Ben Kennedy fired into the top left corner. Grimsby pulled a goal back with nine minutes left on the clock but Stevenage secured all three points.

Stevenage: Fryer, Henry, Wilkinson, Franks, J Martin, Samuel (Kennedy 60’), Smith (Conlon 80’), Gorman, Pett, Godden (McKee 80’), Newton.

Unused Subs: Whelpdale, Beautyman, Day, Vancooten.


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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

Report | Barnet FC 0-1 Stevenage

26 August 2017

Barnet fell to a third 1-0 defeat in a row against a resilient Stevenage side who held on with 10-men.

It was the visitors who started much the brighter, with Matt Godden getting on the end of Tom Pett’s low cross and poking a shot towards goal but Craig Ross saved comfortably.

Tom Whelpdale’s effort in the 13th minute was blazed over the bar after neat control to bring the cross under control.

It took until the 18th minute for Barnet to register their first effort on goal. Campbell-Ryce dinked a free kick towards the far post but Charlie Clough’s header was tame and easily saved.

Stevenage took a deserved lead in the 26th minute through a thunderous volley from Tom Pett which cannoned in off the post and left Craig Ross rooted to the spot.

Less than 10 minutes later, the game swung in Barnet’s favour. Dale Gorman saw a straight red for a strong tackle on Mauro Vilhete right under the nose of referee Richard Clark.

Clough’s header from the resulting free kick it the post, but the flag was up for offside.

Clough would strike the woodwork again moments later as his header at the far post rebounded back into play off of the bar. The post would be struck again shortly afterwards after a Barnet player in amongst a bundle of bodies got a shot away. Akpa Akpro couldn’t steer home the rebound.

Shaq Coulthirst was sent through one-on-one with the final play of the first half but fired inches wide of Joe Fryer’s post.

After the break, Coulthirst was again bearing down on goal but a challenge from Ronnie Henry was deemed as clean by the officials.

Jack Taylor forced Fryer into a save after a low effort for 20 yards out. In the 56th minute, Vilhete had the next attempt for the Bees, but curled a free kick over the bar.

Chances for Stevenage in this half were few and far between, but Ben Kennedy turned his man before delivering a dangerous cross but no visiting player was on the end of it.

Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro saw a shot from 25 yards out go wide of the left hand post after the Frenchman showed good strength and determination to get an effort away.

Barnet were throwing everything at the Stevenage goal now, but it all lacked an end product.

Tutonda saw a rasping shot deflect of Vilhete into the ‘keepers arms and Jean-Louis had an effort deflected behind before the referee brought the game to a close.

Barnet: Ross, Clough, Santos, Campbell-Ryce, Coulthirst (Amaluzor 65’), J Taylor, Tutonda, H Taylor (Bover 61’), Fonguck (Akinola 72’), Vilhete, Akpa Akpro.


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