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11 November 2018 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

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Preview | Bristol Rovers (h) - Emirates FA Cup

9 November 2018

Emirates FA Cup First Round Proper – The Hive London – Sunday 11th September 2018 – KO 12:45

The Bees take a break from league action as attentions turn back to the FA Cup this weekend. After successfully qualifying for the First Round last month, John Still’s men now welcome League One outfit Bristol Rovers to The Hive on Sunday.

Barnet go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a 2-0 home league defeat to Maidstone United last weekend. Blair Turgott opened the scoring just shy of the half-hour mark before substitute Gold Omotayo made sure of the three points with 10 minutes to go.

Last Meeting:

The last time these two sides met was back in January 2016 with Barnet coming out on top in the League Two fixture.

Gavin Hoyte found the bottom corner on five minutes to net the only goal of the game as The Bees came out on top, winning 1-0.

However, Martin Allen’s side were reduced to 10 men just before the hour mark after Andy Yiadom was shown a straight red after a foul on Stuart Sinclair.

Manager: Darrell Clarke

Darrell Clarke was appointed Bristol Rovers boss back in 2014 after a spell as assistant manager. Since taking over at the helm, he guided the side to Conference promotion alongside Barnet in his first full season in charge, winning the play-offs. He then achieved similar glory the year after, clinching back-to-back promotions after finishing third in League Two.

Before Rovers, Clarke was manager at Salisbury City from 2010 to 2013. As player-manager, he was part of the side who achieved Southern League play-off glory in his debut season. He also guided the club to the Third Round of the FA Cup for the first time in their history before bowing out after winning the Conference South play-off final.

As a player, he made over 100 appearances for Mansfield Town, Hartlepool and Salisbury. Whilst at The Pools, he was sent out on loan to Stockport, Port Vale and Rochdale respectively.

One to Watch: Tom Nichols

It’s safe to say, Tom Nichols has endured a shaky spell since joining Bristol Rovers in 2017.

The 25-year-old is a proven goal scorer in the Football League, finding himself on the score sheet multiple times at former clubs Exeter and Peterborough.

However, he’s found goals hard to come by since joining Rovers but he will be hoping to use tomorrow’s FA Cup tie to turn a corner.

Last Season’s FA Cup Form:

Clarke’s men will be hoping they won’t endure a repeat of last season’s FA Cup form when they travel to North London tomorrow.

Rovers were eliminated in the First Round after falling to a 4-2 defeat away at League Two side Notts County.

The visitors went 2-0 up after 12 minutes thanks to goals from Liam Sercombe and Stuart Sinclair. However, The Magpies hit back after Ryan Yates bagged twice in two minutes to keep their FA Cup hopes alive. Jon Stead turned the game on it’s head just shy of the hour mark before Jorge Grant’s stoppage time strike secured their progression to Round Two.

Last season marked Rovers’ fourth season on the bounce where they have been knocked out at the first hurdle.

Recent Form:

Sitting 20th in League One with 17 points to their name, Rovers are treading water above the relegation zone.

The Pirates, who sit only two points above the drop zone, have two wins under their belt in their last five games. A 1-0 away defeat to Burton Albion was quickly followed up by a goalless draw at home to Oxford United a week later. They returned to winning ways in their next game, beating Wimbledon 2-0 but their next outing saw them lose 1-0 to Barnsley. However, they go into tomorrow’s game in high spirits after recording their biggest win of the season, beating Blackpool 3-0.

Clarke’s side will be looking to take the highs of their previous game in to the cup fixture tomorrow and book their place in Round Two for the first time since 2013.

Last 5 games: LDWLW


Manager JohnStill left Barnet to become assistant manager at Bristol Rovers in 2002 and spent a season at the Memorial Stadium

Pirates midfielder Ed Upson spent a month on loan at Barnet in 2010, netting one goal in nine games.

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 1-1 Bristol Rovers - Emirates FA Cup

11 November 2018


Barnet held League One side Bristol Rovers to a 1-1 draw in the First Round of the FA Cup this weekend, forcing a replay.

New signing Mohamed Bettamer made his debut for The Bees as he was one of three changes from the side who lost to Maidstone last weekend.

The Bees opened the scoring on 16 minutes through Craig Robson before Chris Lines slotted home a penalty in the second half.

The first chance of the game fell to the hosts after Elliott Johnson won a corner with five minutes on the clock. Jack Taylor whipped it in from the left before Robson headed the ball narrowly wide of the post.

Rovers were reduced to 10 men moments later after Sinclair received his marching orders following a rash challenge on Wes Fonguck.

The Bees tried to capitalise on their one-man advantage and could have had their noses in front on 14 minutes when Taylor’s strike from range was well saved by Adam Smith.

Moments later, Johnson’s dangerous free-kick from the right flank missed everyone in the box and almost crept in but the ‘keeper tipped it over the bar.

Barnet’s pressure soon paid off when a delightful ball in from the left by Johnson was nodded home by Robson, giving the hosts a deserved lead.

Taylor tested Smith again from range before Rovers decided to make a double change, Daniel Leadbitter and Stefan Payne making way for Sam Matthews and Kyle Bennett.

The latter nearly made an immediate impact after running through on goal but after letting fly, his effort flew over the bar.

A low shot from Sam Sercombe soon after forced Mark Cousins to get down low and make a smart save to maintain his clean sheet.

Fonguck could have doubled the Bees’ lead just past the half-hour mark but his shot from the edge of the box was well saved.

Rovers thought they had won a penalty minutes later when Tom Nichols appeared to have been tripped in the box but the referee booked the striker for diving. He was then joined in the book by a very animated Darrell Clarke who was shown a yellow for protesting a free-kick awarded to Barnet.

The half ended with pressure from both sides but it was The Bees who entered the break on the front foot.

The visitors had a great chance to equalise in the early stages of the second half. Bennett found himself through on goal but his effort forced Cousins to extraordinarily palm the ball out of harm.

Smith had to race out to block Duku’s shot after he capitalised on a defensive mistake but the ball fell to the feet of Bettamer who failed to bag a debut goal.

The miss proved costly as Rovers clinched an equaliser just past the hour mark. After Callum Reynolds conceded a penalty, substitute Lines stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner.

However, The Bees nearly regained their lead with 15 minutes remaining after Taylor’s shot from distance bounced off the crossbar.

It was Rovers’ turn to hit the woodwork minutes later after Ollie Clarke’s drive from distance rattled the crossbar via the fingertips of Cousins. The resulting corner then fell to Sercombe who saw his shot cannon off the bar aswell.

Lines came very close to adding to his tally in stoppage time after his sensational low shot struck the inside of the post and out of danger.

The Bees managed to hold on to force a replay which will be played at the Memorial Stadium on Wednesday 21st November.

Barnet Starting Line-up: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds (C), Robson, Adams, Taylor, Fonguck (Sparkes), Sweeney, Duku (Harrison), Bettamer (Walker).

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Tarpey, Coulthirst, Tutonda.

Attendance: 1,705 (523 Bristol Rovers)

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