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Forest Green Rovers Match Preview

4 April 2014

The official preview to Barnet's Skrill Premier clash with Forest Green Rovers.

BARNET FC vs FOREST GREEN ROVERS

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Introduction

 

• Barnet host Forest Green Rovers on Saturday in what is unquestionably the game of the day in the Skrill Premier.

 

• Both teams will be desperate to secure three points in order to edge closer to a precious play-off place.

 

• Last time out the Bees secured a deserved point against second-placed Cambridge United.

 

• That result means Barnet are still unbeaten since the return of Martin Allen picking up four points from a possible six.

 

• Forest Green Rovers were beaten last time out suffering a 2-1 loss away to Woking on Tuesday night.

 

• That result means Rovers are without a win in three having also fallen to defeat to Southport whilst drawing at home to Welling United.

 

in the Skrill Premier just three points behind the Bees with a game in hand.th• Rovers currently sit 11

 

• They are seven points away from a play-off spot with Barnet able to move to within a point of the top five should they secure a win and other results go their way.

 

• Forest Green Rovers forward Lee Hughes will go up against former manager Martin Allen who he played under at Notts County.

 

 

Team News

 

Barnet Football Club

 

• Graham Stack is available following a three match ban for a straight red card against Kidderminster Harriers.  

 

• Curtis Weston is unavailable to face Rovers and Southport after picking up his tenth yellow card of the season against Cambridge.

 

Forest Green Rovers

 

• Former Bee Magno Vieira could face his former club.

 

• Jared Hodgkiss, Dale Bennett and Anthony Barry are in contention following illness.

 

• Aarran Racine (knee) and Chris Stokes (hamstring) will miss the trip to The Hive due to injuries suffered against Woking. Marcus Kelly also remains sidelined.

 

 

The Opposition

 

• Forest Green Rovers formed in 1889 as Forest Green.

 

• The club is affiliated to the Gloucestershire County FA and play their home matches at The New Lawn which has a capacity of 5,017.

 

• In June 2011 the club began work on making the pitch at the ground the first organic football pitch in the world. 

 

• In April 2012 Rovers introduced the first robot lawn mower to be used by a British football club on to its playing surface, it is known as the ‘mow bot’. 

 

• Rovers are the longest-serving members of the Conference Premier and last season they secured their highest placed finish, tenth. 

 

• Forest Green Rovers are currently managed by former Gillingham central defender Adrian Pennock.

 

• The 42-year-old enjoyed a successful playing career with the likes of Norwich City, Molde FK (loan), Bournemouth and Gillingham. 

 

• During his time with Gillingham he captained the side to a play-off final win that saw the Gills promoted to the Football League First Division for the first time. 

 

• Pennock was forced to retire from league football in 2003 due to repeated injury but he continued playing for Gravesend & Northfleet where he was also assistant manager.

 

• In January 2005 Pennock was appointed manager of Conference South side Welling United and in his first season he guided them to their best league position in six years.

 

• He left Welling in 2007 to take up a coaching position at Stoke City with his former manager Tony Pulis.

 

• He left Stoke at the end of the 2012/13 season and was appointed manager of Forest Green Rovers on 12 November 2013. 

 

Last Time Out 

 

Saturday 29 March

Skrill Premier

Cambridge United 1-1 Barnet

Barnet: Jupp; Yiadom, Stephens, Gjokaj, Vilhete (Muggleton 61); Weston, Harper, Byrne (Dymond 38); Marsh-Brown, Hyde, Nurse (Crawford 61).

Barnet subs not used: Abdulla, Saville.

Goals: Dymond 70.

 

Tuesday 2 April

Skrill Premier

Woking 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

Forest Green: Russell; Turley, Oliver, Racine (Oshodi 53), Stokes (Bangura 76); Norwood, Green, Klukowski, Jordan; Wright (Rodgers 86), Hughes.

Subs not used: Taylor, White.

Goals: Hughes 63.

 

Previous Meeting

 

25 February 2014 – Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Barnet

 

• One assist and one goal from Mark Byrne helped Barnet make it five wins from five under Uli Landvreugd and Dick Schreuder with a 1-2 victory over Forest Green Rovers. It took just 18 seconds for the Bees to take the lead as Byrne swept the ball past Sam Russell with Dani Lopez adding a second three minutes before the break. Marcus Kelly pulled one back with seconds remaining via an excellent free-kick but the Bees held on to ensure the promotion train kept chugging along nicely.

 

Forest Green: Russell; Oshodi, Bennett, Oliver (Asafu-Adjaye 64), Hodgkiss; Norwood, Barry, Bangura (Klukowski 75), Norwood; Hughes, Wright (Viera 64).

Subs not used:White, Green.

 

Barnet: Jupp; Yiadom, Stephens, Gjokaj, Vilhete (Johnson 88); Abdulla, Byrne, Weston; Cadogan, Hyde (Marsh-Brown 24), Lopez (Mengerink 75).

Subs not used: Saville, Lowe.

 

Background (Stats from Soccerbase)

 

• Barnet have faced Forest Green Rovers a total of ten times. They have emerged victorious on five occasions and lost three times with two meetings ending level.

 

• The first meeting between the two sides came in the Football Conference in 2001. The match ended 2-2 with Rovers twice coming from behind to snatch a point at the Lawn.

 

• Barnet’s first win over Rovers came on 23 November 2002 as Mark Gower and Junior Agogo scored in a 2-0 win. The reverse fixture ended 4-4. 

 

• The following season Barnet secured their biggest win over Rovers as Tony Taggart, Ben Strevens, Ian Hendon and a Peter Beadle double secured a 5-0 win at Underhill.

 

• Barnet are unbeaten against Rovers since that memorable win securing three wins and one draw in the next four meetings.

 

Last Six Meetings (Stats from Soccerbase)

 

25 February 2014 – Forest Green Rovers 1-2 Barnet

25 March 2005 – Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Barnet

14 August 2004 – Barnet 3-1 Forest Green Rovers

27 March 2004 – Forest Green Rovers 1-1 Barnet

22 November 2003 – Barnet 5-0 Forest Green Rovers

14 January 2003 - Forest Green Rovers 4-2 Barnet

 

Overall record v (all competitions) W 5 D 3 L 2 


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