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Preview | Accrington Stanley (A)

27 October 2017

EFL Sky Bet League Two - Wham Stadium - Saturday 28th October 2017 – KO 3pm

Team News: 

Shaquile Coulthirst is recovering from a knock he picked up last Saturday again Yeovil Town, which saw him replaced at halftime.

John Akinde (hamstring), Curtis Weston (knee) and Jamie Stephens (knee) are all training out on the grass, as they continue to prepare for their returns.

Richard Brindley (foot), Elliott Johnson (knee) and Dave Tarpey (knee) are sidelined with long-term knocks.

Last Time We Met:

The last time the two sides met Accrington Stanley came away with a 1-0 win over Barnet at the Wham Stadium.

Shay McCartan scored the only goal of the game in the 54th minute, moving Stanley six points clear of relegation. Barnet dropped to 14th in their hunt for a play-off place.

Manager:

John Coleman’s first spell at Accrington Stanley saw him become the club’s most successful and long-serving manager as he returned the Reds to the Football League by winning the Conference title.

The prolific non-league goalscorer joined the club as player/manager after a successful spell at Ashton United in 1999, leading Stanley to the Unibond First Division title at the first time of asking.

The Premier Division title, numerous cups and ultimately promotion to the Football League followed in 2006. Each season in League Two he improved the club’s finish, culminating in a highest position since the 1950’s of fifth in 2011 followed by a play-off semi-final defeat to Stevenage.

He left the club to join Rochdale in 2012 but after a year at Spotland and spells with Southport and Sligo Rovers, he returned as Stanley manager in September 2014.

In his first full season back with the Reds, he led the side to the brink of promotion, claiming a fourth-placed finish in League Two before losing out to AFC Wimbledon in the playoffs.

Dangerman:

Billy Kee is currently the top goalscorer this season in the Sky Bet League Two standings, with nine goals from 15 league appearances, one clear of second place and two clear of Barnet top goalscorer Shaquile Coulthirst.

The 26-year-old currently has 37 league goals for Stanley in this spell at the club, coming in 95 league appearances. If you add his 37 appearances and nine goals from his loan spell back in 2009/10, it’s the club he’s both played the most games and scored the most goals for.

With his best tally across his career being 17 goals (in the 15/16 season with Stanley), Kee will certainly be looking to break that record.

Connections:

Ryan Watson joined Accrington Stanley on loan from Wigan Athletic in 2012. He made one appearance, his professional debut, against Morecambe in the EFL Trophy, before being recalled early. He joined Barnet in 2016 from Leicester City and has made 22 appearances across all competitions to date.

Last Time Out:

In their last fixture, Stanley won 2-0 away at Crewe Alexandra, climbing into the automatic promotion places.

Michael Raynes picked up an early booking, fouling Kayden Jackson in the area to give Accrington a penalty after just two minutes. Billy Kee stepped up and converted, his ninth of the season, making him the early top goalscorer in the league.

Things didn’t get much better for the Railwaymen, Jordan Clark scoring a diving header from a rebound after Dave Richards could only parry Jackson’s shot.

Crewe were trying to find an answer and an equaliser, but they just couldn’t find a way through. Late on, captain Raynes picked up his second yellow of the game and was sent off with seven minutes left to play.

Accrington went up to 3rd after the win, Crewe stayed 17th.

Accrington: Chapman, Hughes, Donacien, Richards-Everton, Nolan, Clark, Jackson (75’ Wilks), McConville (87’ Johnson), Thorniley, Conneely, Kee.

Unused: Stryjek, Brown, Leacock-McLeod, Rawson, Sousa.

Ticket info:

Supporters can find out more about tickets details here..

Keep up with the game:

Full match commentary from every game is available on iFollow. If you are based outside of the UK & Ireland, you can watch the game live 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

Report | Accrington Stanley 4-1 Barnet FC

28 October 2017

Jamal Campbell-Ryce gets the only Barnet goal after strikes from McConville, Key, Clark and Jackson condemn the Bees to their heaviest defeat of the season.

The Bees had started brightly, Alex Nicholls’ earning a corner early on. Minutes later, he found Vilhete on the overlap whose delivery was deflected behind.

Craig Ross pulled off a good save 17 minutes in from League Two’s top scorer Billy Kee’s downward header.

Accrington took the lead in the 34th minute, Sean McConville getting the ball inside the penalty area before firing high into the top corner.

A minute later, Barnet had a golden opportunity to pull a goal back from the spot after Jack Taylor was hauled down. Jamal Campbell-Ryce stepped up to take the penalty but struck the crossbar.

Stanley soon doubled their lead after the break. Alex Nicholls’ cross towards Akinola was cleared and Accrington broke. They delivered a cross of their own which found Jordan Clark who shot low into the net.

Barnet pulled a goal back a minute later. Jack Taylor drove at the Accrington defence before providing a through ball to Jamal Campbell-Ryce who fired low across the face of goal and the ball nestled in the bottom right corner.

However, just before the hour, the division’s top scorer did get on the scoresheet. The Bees tried to play out from the back but gave the ball away. It eventually found Billy Key who made no mistake.

The hosts made it safe in the 64th minute, Kayden Jackson beat the offside trap and raced down on goal. His initial effort was well saved by Craig Ross, but it fell kindly for the forward to tap home.

 

Attendance: 1485 (76 away fans)

BARNET: Ross, Clough, Santos, Nelson, Watson, Campbell-Ryce, J. Taylor, Akinola (Mason-Clark, 78), Vilhete, Nicholls (Akpa Akpro, 65’), Blackman (Tutonda, 53’).

Unused: K. McKenzie-Lyle, Bover, H. Taylor, Fonguck.

 

Rossi Eames' post match thoughts can be viewed here.

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Ticket News

Tickets | Accrington Stanley (a) details

24 October 2017

Ticket information for this weekend’s trip to Accrington Stanley are now available.

Barnet fans can choose to stand in the Coppice Terrace or sit in the Whinney Hill Stand.

Tickets can be pre-booked in person at The Hive London club shop or bought on the day from 1:30 PM in the away ticket booth.

Prices:

£20.00 - Adults

£15.00 - Concessions (+64)

£15.00 - Students (only sold with valid ID)

£15.00 - U18's

£5.00 - U12s

Wheelchair users will be accommodated in the main stand wheel chair area. Supporters who require this, please contact 01254 356950.

Should anyone require reserved car parking, the cost is £5 per car, and can be pre-booked by calling the Club on 01254 356950

 

Blackburn Rovers FA Cup Update

Ticket details are also available for the following week’s trip to Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup. We require just two more supporters to register their interest for the coach service to run. Please contact apullen@thehivelondon.com

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