The official preview to Barnet's Skrill Premier clash with Forest Green Rovers.
BARNET FC vs FOREST GREEN ROVERS
SATURDAY 5 APRIL
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• 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.
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.
• 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
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
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.
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