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26 February 2019 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

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Preview | Chesterfield (h)

25 February 2019

Vanarama National League – The Hive London – Tuesday 26th February 2019– KO: 19:45

After our FA Trophy run ended last weekend away at AFC Fylde, our attentions now turn back to the league on Tuesday night when Chesterfield make the trip down to The Hive London.

Last Meeting:

The last time these two sides met was in August 2018 where a late Jack Taylor wondergoal proved to be the difference between the pair with the Bees winning 1-0 at the Proact Stadium.

Manager: John Sheridan

John Sheridan was re-appointed Chesterfield boss in January following the departure of Martin Allen.

The 54-year-old first became the Spireites’ boss back in 2009 and went on to clinch the League Two title and the EFL Trophy in his three years in charge.

Sheridan began his managerial career at Oldham Athletic where he spent eight years at the club before his first spell at Chesterfield. He took charge of Plymouth in 2013 before spending the 2015-16 season at Newport County. The former midfielder then returned to Oldham for a short stint before leaving for Notts County a year before a third spell as Latics manager. Sheridan sat at the helm of Fleetwood but left for Carlisle after just four months in June 2018, his last club before returning to Chesterfield.

As a player, Sheridan began his career at Manchester City before making over 200 appearances in seven years at Leeds United. He signed for Nottingham Forest in 1989 before joining Sheffield Wednesday where he went on to become a League Cup winner. After a short spell on loan at Birmingham and Bolton, Sheridan eventually signed for the latter, where he won the First Division in 1997. He then signed for Doncaster before finishing his career in 2004 whilst at Oldham. Sheridan also made 34 appearances for Republic of Ireland.

One to Watch: Marc-Antoine Fortune

Marc-Antoine Fortune signed for Chesterfield in the summer and has gone on to bag seven goals for the Spireites this season.

The experienced forward, who’s netted three times in his last seven games, has played in the Premier League, Ligue 1, Eredivisie and the Scottish Premier League.

Fortune will be looking to add to his goal tally tomorrow and the Barnet back-line will have to be wary of his experience and goal threat.

Recent League Form:

Chesterfield, who sit 19th in the league, go into tomorrow’s game having won three of their last five league matches.

The Spireites beat Aldershot Town away from home but had to settle for a goalless draw at home to ten-men Barrow. However, they then enjoyed two wins on the bounce, beating Halifax and Fylde 1-0

respectively. They go into tomorrow’s match off the back of a defeat though, losing 1-0 at home to Harrogate Town at the weekend.

Last 5 league games: WDWWL


Midfielder Curtis Weston spent over six years with the Bees. Signing in 2012 from Gillingham, the 31-year-old went on to make over 200 appearances for the club and was also part of our Conference winning side of 2015. Weston also wore the captain’s armband during his time with the Bees and found the net 25 times.

Former Barnet defender Michael Nelson also signed for Chesterfield in the summer. The 38-year-old arrived at The Hive in 2015 following his release from Cambridge United and went on to take up several roles at the club. Alongside his duties on the pitch, Nelson was also the club’s U23 coach before being appointed assistant manager under Graham Westley. However, when Martin Allen re-joined the club last season, he regained his position on the pitch for the remainder of the campaign. The experienced defender made over 100 appearances for the Bees.

As for Barnet, striker Byron Harrison spent a season-and-a-half at Chesterfield. Signing in January 2015, the striker made 12 appearances for the club during the remainder of the 2014-15 campaign. However, he became surplus to requirements the season after and was released from the club in May 2016.

Darren Currie will also come up against his former club after spending two years with the Spireites from 2008 to 2010. The former midfielder made over 30 appearances for the club, finding the net five times.

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 0-2 Chesterfield

26 February 2019

Barnet fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Chesterfield on Tuesday night.

Charlie Carter and substitute Alex Kiwomya wrote their name on the score-sheet as the Spireites leap-frog us in the league.

The Bees made two changes from the side who played against AFC Fylde the FA Trophy at the weekend with Simeon Akinola and Ashley Charles coming in for Andre Boucaud and Ephron Mason-Clark. As for Chesterfield, they made three switches with Carter, Will Evans and Tom Denton coming in to the starting line-up.

The first real chance of the game fell the Bees’ way when Medy Elito played a one-two with Shaq Coulthirst before the ball found Wes Fonguck who blasted into the keeper’s gloves.

However, the miss proved costly as Chesterfield broke the dead-lock on 15 minutes when Denton hit the bar from close range leaving Carter to head home the rebound.

Barnet did have a chance to equalise soon after though when Akinola cut inside before unleashing an ambitious bending effort which landed wide of the post.

The Barnet number 14 was at it again six minutes later when he headed over Elliott Johnson’s dangerous cross from the left.

Chesterfield had a chance to double their lead just past the half-hour mark when Ellis Chapman’s cross from the left was headed just over the bar from Denton.

Four minutes before the break, Akinola cut inside before pulling the trigger on the edge of the box with his left but Jalal does well to catch his effort, keeping the score at 1-0 going into the break.

Darren Currie made one change at half-time, bringing Jack Barham on for Medy Elito.

The Spireits produced the first chance of the second period after Scott Boden did well to turn and run through on goal before pulling back and firing wide of Mark Cousins’ goal.

They came knocking again just shy of the hour mark when Chapman burst forward before dragging his shot just wide of the post.

Coulthirst then tried his luck after picking the ball up on the edge of the box before turning and blasting off target.

Charles then made way for Boucaud on 69 minutes shortly before Craig Robson was replaced by Mason-Clark.

The latter made an instant impact when floating a cross into the box before Sweeney rose highest to get a head to it but his effort was tipped over by Jalal.

Up the other end and Chesterfield were back on the attack when substitute Jerome Binnom-Williams tried his luck from 20 yards out, forcing a smart save from Cousins.

However, the Spireites did have the ball in the net again with 10 minutes to go after Kiwomya rounded the Bees’ keeper before slotting low and hard into the Barnet goal.

Akinola added to his catalogue of chances late on when his effort looked to be creeping into the bottom corner but instead fizzed past the near post.

However, the Spireites did manage to hold on to clinch their third win in four games.

Currie’s side host Barrow at the weekend as they hope to return to winning ways.

BARNET: Cousins, Johnson, Reynolds (C), Robson (Mason-Clark), Coulthirst, Akinola, H.Taylor, Fonguck, Elito (Barham), Sweeney, Charles (Boucaud).

UNUSED SUBS: Azaze, Alexander.

CHESTERFIELD: Jalal, Evans, Carter (Binnom-Williams), Weston, Weir, Hollis, Smith (C), Denton, Yarney, Boden (Kiwomya), Chapman.

UNUSED SUBS: Anyon, Maguire, Reid.

ATTENDANCE: 902 (172 Chesterfield)

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