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21 November 2018 Venue Memorial Stadium Attendance

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Preview | Bristol Rovers (a) - Emirates FA Cup

20 November 2018

FA Cup First Round Replay – Memorial Stadium – Wednesday 21st November 2018 – KO 19:45

The Bees return to FA Cup action this week as they travel to Bristol Rovers in a First Round Replay at the Memorial Stadium on Wednesday night.

John Still’s men go into tomorrow’s game off the back of an impressive 3-1 away win over Hartlepool in front of the BT Sport cameras on Sunday. Despite falling behind on 10 minutes courtesy of Peter Kioso, a brace from Manny Duku meant the visitors took a 2-1 lead into the break. Josh Walker made sure of the three points deep into stoppage time as Barnet returned to winning ways.

Last Meeting:

The initial tie, which took place at The Hive London on 11th November, ended 1-1. The visitors were reduced to 10 men with only seven minutes on the clock after a dangerous foul by Stuart Sinclair on Wes Fonguck. The dismissal proved costly as Barnet took the lead just under 10 minutes later through a Craig Robson header. However, Chris Lines’ penalty in the second half cancelled out the opener, taking the tie to a replay.

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: Ollie Clarke

With three goals to his name this season, Ollie Clarke is Rovers’ leading scorer this season and he will be to replicate his league form in the Cup tomorrow.

The midfielder, who has 21 shots to his name this season, can score with his left or his right and the Bees’ back line will have to be on top of their game to prevent him from posing a threat.

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 host Barnet 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 21st in League One with 17 points to their name, Rovers find themselves in the drop zone, one point adrift of safety.

The Pirates only have one win under their belt in their last five games in all competitions. A 1-0 league defeat away to Barnsley was quickly followed up by an impressive 3-0 victory over Blackpool. The 1-1 draw at The Hive came eight days later before they fell to a 2-0 defeat at League Two Exeter in the EFL Trophy in their next encounter. Clarke’s side go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a 2-1 home loss to Scunthorpe United at the weekend which saw them drop into the relegation zone.

Last 5 games in all competitions: LWDLL


Manager John Still 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 | Bristol Rovers 1-2 Barnet FC - Emirates FA Cup

21 November 2018


The Bees set up a Second Round tie with Stockport County following a come from behind victory away at Bristol Rovers.

The Bees task looked to be a tough one from the outset after only arriving at The Memorial Stadium 45 minutes prior to kick off after getting stuck in traffic.

Perhaps this is the reason for a slow start. Alex Rodman had the ball in the net early on but the cross before hand had gone out of play.

Rodman was allowed to run at goal soon after but his effort from the edge of the box was always curling away from target.

Dan Sweeney had to put in a crucial block from Liam Sercombe's effort before Kyle Bennett's effort from close range struck the post when it looked easier to score.

Michael Kelly fired over the bar before the Bees had their first chance in the 17th minute when Mo Bettamer's header from Elliott Johnson's cross was saved.

Rodman was looking lively for Rovers and forced Mark Cousins in to a smart save, getting down quickly low to his left.

Manny Duku had a chance to play in any of three players on the overlap but instead opted to shoot and his effort went well wide.

There were big calls for a Bristol Rovers penalty have an hour in as Tom Nichols tried to keep the ball in play and collided with Mark Cousins, referee Lee Swabey awarded a goal kick.

Manny Duku was taken off in place of Josh Walker the 35th minute and the Dutchman showed his frustration as he lashed out at the dugout before being sent round to the dressing room.

Cousin's was again called into action just before the break, saving Sercombe's low drive.

The hosts took the lead in the 63rd minute when Bennett brought the ball into the box before delivering a cross on a plate for Tom Nichols to poke home from close range.

Rodman almost added a second as his good effort from distance went just over.

However, the Bees then began to step it up a gear. Walker was unlucky to see his shot deflected before being cleared off the line by a Rovers defender.

The Bees equalised in spectacular circumstances with 76 minutes played. Dan Sparkes cross was cleared out to Sweeney who looped a ball over the defence for Craig Robson to acrobatically lob over the home keeper, more Ibrahimovic than Bees number 6!

Within two minutes, the Bees had completed the turn around with a well worked goal. Cheye Alexander's through ball was backheeled by Jack Taylor in to Walker, he played it wide to Sparkes on the left who delivered a killer ball in and Byron Harrison was there to slide it home and send the 96 travelling Bees fans into delerium.

The Bees then set about shutting up shop, but had Elliott Johnson to thank in the last minute of stoppage time when he cleared Daniel Leadbitter's strike off the line!

The Bees will face Stockport County at The Hive London in the Second Round of the Emirates FA Cup.

Barnet - Mark Cousins (GK), Cheye Alexander, Elliott Johnson, Callum Reynolds, Craig Robson, Charlee Adams, Jack Taylor, Wesley Fonguck (Dan Sparkes, 73'), Dan Sweeney, Immanuelson Duku (Josh Walker, 35'), Mohamed Bettamer (Byron Harrison, 67').

Unused subs - Rihards Matrevics (GK), Shaq Coulthirst, Medy Elito, Ephron Mason-Clark.

Attendance - 2,740 (96 Barnet)

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News | Bristol Rovers FA Cup Replay details

15 November 2018

Barnet face a trip to The Memorial Stadium next Wednesday 21st November for their Emirates FA Cup First Round replay against Bristol Rovers.

The Bee Army making the trip can purchase their tickets over the phone or on the night.

The number to call is 0117 909 6648 then option 1.

Ticket prices for the replay are as follows:

Adult £10
Concessions £5

The winner of the replay will face Stockport County at home in the Second Round of the competition. 

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