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FLEETWOOD TOWN MATCH PREVIEW

19 March 2013

All the news, stats and info ahead of tomorrow's match

Introduction

• The Bees host Fleetwood Town on Tuesday 19 March for the last ever Barnet Football Club match under the floodlights at Underhill.

• The Bees will be hoping to bounce back from defeat at Accrington Stanley on Saturday. 

• They’re also looking to avenge a 2-1 defeat against the Cod Army at Highbury Stadium earlier this season.

• The Bees’ form has dipped lately with successive defeats against Stanley and Oxford United meaning they are joint bottom of Npower League Two.

• Fleetwood Town are also looking to get back to winning ways after their play-off hopes were dented by a 2-1 defeat at Plymouth Argyle last time out. 

• Barnet’s visit to Highbury Stadium was the first time the two sides have met with Fleetwood playing the majority of their football in the lower echelons of English football.  

Team news

Barnet Football Club

• Jake Hyde, John Oster and Craig Beattie are all expected to feature after returning from injury last week against Oxford United and Accrington Stanley.

• Edgar Davids is however unavailable after being sent-off on Saturday for two yellow cards. 

• The Bees have no fresh injury concerns ahead of Tuesday’s match.

Fleetwood

• Former Hull City midfielder Paul McKenna will be unavailable after being sent off against Plymouth Argyle. 

The opposition

• On 11 January 2012 Fleetwood Town surpassed their record transfer fee, previously held by Jamie Vardy, to sign Jamille Mall for £300,000 from Kidderminster Harriers.

• Fleetwood have enjoyed a meteoric rise to prominence in the past seven-years with the club plying their trade in the North West Counties League Premier Division in the 2004/05 season.

• Four successive promotions saw the club fire up the footballing ladder to the Blue Square North for the 2008/09 season. They would only spend two seasons in this division however before promotion was achieved once more via the play-offs. 

• The 2011/12 season was the best to date for Fleetwood who not only stormed to the Blue Square Premier title but also reached the FA Cup third round for the first time. 

• Manager Graham Alexander IS only the second outfield player in English football history to have made 1,000 professional appearances, after Tony Ford.

• Alexander currently the third oldest player to score in the Barclays Premier League.

Last time out

16 March 2013
Npower League Two
Accrington Stanley 3-2 Barnet
Barnet: Stack, Fuller, Johnson, Stephens, N’Toko (Gambin 35), Byrne, Vilhete (Beattie 46), Oster (Flanagan 82), Davids, Jenkins, Hyde.
Subs not used: Barnes, Crawford, Weston, Kamdjo.
Goals: Johnson 45, Jenkins 63.

16 March 2013
Npower League Two
Plymouth Argyle 2-1 Fleetwood Town 
Fleetwood Town: Davies, Beeley, Brown, Goodall (Fontaine 89), Atkinson, Pond, McGuire (Nicholson 70), Crowther (Evans 68), McKenna, Parkin, Ball. 
Subs not used: Lucas, R Edwards, Barry, Matt.
Goals: Ball 75.

Previous meeting

Saturday 29 September 2012 – Fleetwood Town 2-1 Barnet

• Goalkeeper Graham Stack was sent off after just 24 minutes as Fleetwood Town beat Barnet 2-1 at Highbury Stadium. Jake Hyde put the visitors in front after just five minutes but the afternoon soon turned on the Bees when Stack brought down David Ball inside the box. The keeper was shown a red card before Ball stepped up to equalise for the home side. Substitute Sam Cowler put in a good display but the Barnet defence could not hold on as Tom Barkhuizen headed home the winner with ten minutes remaining. 

Barnet Football Club: Stack, Fuller, Brown (Saville 46), Stephens, Pearce, Kamdjo, Lee (Kamara 80), Abdulla (Cowler 24), Oster, Holmes, Hyde.  
Subs not used: Bryne, Yiadom, Lowe, Nurse.
Goal: Hyde 5.

Fleetwood Town: Davies, Beeley, Howell, McNulty, Mawene, Brown, McGuire (Parkin 76), Johnson, Ball, Marrow (Milligan 58), Barkhuizen (Gillespie 90).
Subs not used: Maxwell, Eastham, Fowler, Nicholson.
Goal: Ball 26 (pen), Barkhuizen 78.

Background

• Barnet Football Club and Fleetwood Town have only met once in their entire history with that game coming earlier this season on September 29. 

• The Cod Army came away with a 2-1 win despite the Bees taking the lead through top scorer Jake Hyde after just five minutes.

• The Trawlermen scored 102 goals last season on their way to promotion.

• Jon Parkin made Fleetwood Town the 12th club he has played for in his professional career when he joined this summer.

• The current club is the third incarnation of Fleetwood FC, which was created in 1908. They have also been called Fleetwood Wanderers and Fleetwood Freeport Football Club.

• Fleetwood reached the FA Vase final in 1983 where they were defeated 3-1 by Halesowen in front of 16,715 spectators at Wembley Stadium.

Last six meetings 

Saturday 29 September 2012 Fleetwood Town 2-1 Barnet

*Last six meetings unavailable as the club have only met on one occasion.

Overall record v Fleetwood Town (all competitions) W 0 D 0 L 1

Referee

• Tuesday’s referee will be Simon Hooper.
• Just last week Mr Hooper was the featured referee in the Football League feature: ‘Men in Black.’ To read all about our next man in the middle click here

• Mr Hooper will be assisted by Adrian Gillett and Nicholas Cooper, the fourth official will be Darren Blunden.

General Information

• The weather forecast on Tuesday night is for light rain with maximum temperatures of 3C.

• Due to closures on the London Underground supporters should visit www.tfl.gov.uk to check for any possible disruptions to their journey. 

Match sponsors 

Match Sponsor for this evening and supporters of Barnet FC for many years are The Times Group Newspaper which is our local paper offering latest news within the community as well as up to date news from Underhill. The Times Series has a distribution of over 120,000 and has advertisers from local estate agents, car dealers, retailers and many more. Welcome to Andrew Goodrich and the rest of your guests. Further information about the group can be found on: www.times-series.co.uk and the advert in this programme.

Birthday

Mathew Shore, from Southgate, has been coming to Underhill since he was five-years-old and will be celebrating his 21st birthday in the South Stand and Players Lounge with his family.

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