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17 August 2019 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Chesterfield (H)

17 August 2019

The Bees return to action this afternoon as they welcome Chesterfield to The Hive London.

Darren Currie’s side will be looking to return to winning ways after falling to a 1-0 defeat at home to Dover Athletic on Tuesday night, courtesy of a late Inih Effiong winner.

The Opposition

The past couple of seasons have seen Chesterfield follow a very similar path to the Bees.

Both sides endured relegation from League Two in 2018 before the Spierites finished 15th in the National League last season, one point off 13th placed Barnet.

Rewind to August 2016 and Chesterfield were embarking on their third season in League One following promotion in 2014.

However, back-to-back relegations in 2017 and 2018 cost them their EFL status but the Spireites will now be looking to climb back up the ladder come the end of this campaign.

Today’s opposition, who sit 23rd, also go into the game on the hunt for their first win after suffering two defeats and clinching two draws.

However, on the road, the Spireites are yet to taste defeat having claimed a point at Maidenhead United and Boreham Wood respectively.

Manager: John Sheridan

John Sheridan was re-appointed Chesterfield boss in January following the departure of Martin Allen and is embarking on his first full season back at the club.

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 Rovers before finishing his career in 2004 whilst at Oldham.

Sheridan also made 34 appearances for Republic of Ireland.

Last Time Out:

The last time these two sides met was in February with the Spireites coming out on top, clinching a 2-0 win at The Hive London.

Charlie Carter opened the scoring on 14 minutes before Alex Kiwomya sealed the three points late on.

Top Scorer: Scott Boden

Forward Scott Boden has hit the ground running this season, that’s for sure.

The 29-year-old already has three goals to his name after netting in three of Chesterfield’s opening four matches.

He found himself on the scoresheet against Dover Athletic on the opening day before he added to his tally against Boreham Wood and Woking respectively.

Connections:

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.

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. Currie also played under Chesterfield boss Sheridan during the latter’s first spell with the club.

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Match Reports

Report: Barnet 2-2 Chesterfield

17 August 2019

Barnet came from behind twice to draw 2-2 at home to Chesterfield this afternoon.

Spireites debutant Mike Fondop netted either side of a Jack Taylor wonder-strike before Simeon Akinola’s second-half penalty sealed the draw.

The Bees made two changes from the side that lost 1-0 at home to Dover Athletic on Tuesday night as Dan Sparkes and Andre Boucaud replaced Ricardo Santos and David Tutonda.

As for the visitors, they welcomed Jermaine McGlashan and Fondop to the club this week and the pair were both thrown into the starting line-up.

The latter would make an instant impact after he rose highest to head home a cross from the right, giving the visitors the lead with only two minutes on the clock.

However, the Bees levelled proceedings just moments later when Jack Taylor did well to find space on the edge of the box before unleashing a brilliant curling effort, nestling the top right corner. It’s safe to say, the midfielder marked his 100th appearance for Barnet in some style.

The hosts nearly turned the game on its head on 17 minutes after an Ephron Mason-Clark cross from the left met the head of James Dunne, but his effort went wide.

Callum Reynolds then floated a ball towards the far post before Medy Elito’s acrobatic volley was well saved by Shwan Jalal in the Chesterfield net.

Up the other end, Liam Mandeville directed a header towards goal from close range, but Scott Loach did well to get low and make a save.

During the final stages of the half, Fondop nearly grabbed his second after he was played through before smashing it low. However, Loach was on hand to prevent any damage.

The Barnet number one was called into action again moments later, this time he dived low to his right to deny another Mandeville header.

Those stops proved vital as the Bees returned to the changing rooms level-pegging at half-time.

The hosts nearly put their noses in front shortly after the restart when Akinola’s header from inside the area was saved.

The miss proved costly as Chesterfield went up the other end and regained the lead after Fondop’s first effort was denied by Loach before the number 36 netted on the second attempt.

Scott Boden nearly added his name to the scoresheet on the hour mark after his effort, which bent around Loach, couldn’t find the target.

The Bees were then awarded a penalty soon after when Mason-Clark was brought down in the box. Up stepped Akinola who sent the goalkeeper the wrong way, netting his fourth goal of the season and levelling the scores for the Bees.

With five minutes left, Loach made an incredible double-save. After preventing the Spireites from scoring at the first attempt, David Buchanan’s diving header at the far post looked to be going in, but the shot-stopper tipped the ball out of danger.

That would be the closest either side came to a winner in the latter stages of the game as the points were forced to be shared.

Darren Currie’s side turn their attentions to next Saturday as they travel to Wrexham.

 

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Reynolds, H.Taylor, Sparkes, Dunne, Boucaud (Barham), J.Taylor, Elito, Mason-Clark, Akinola.

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Adams, Coulthirst, Vasiliou.

 

Attendance: 1119 (247 Chesterfield)

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