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24 February 2014

Stats, info and team news ahead of Tuesday's visit to the New Lawn.

FOREST GREEN ROVERS v BARNET FC
TUESDAY 25 FEBRUARY
7.45PM

General Information
 
• The club will be sending a supporters coach to the New Lawn, information can be found by clicking here.  

• You can beat the queues on Tuesday by purchasing your ticket in advance, click here to do so. 

• If you are not making the trip to Forest Green Rovers follow every kick via The WallTwitter or Barnet Player.

Introduction

• Ulrich Landvreugd and Dick Schreuder lead Barnet to the New Lawn to face Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday as they aim to secure a fifth successive win.

• Since being installed as joint managers the Dutch duo have won all four of their fixtures. 

• Last time out the Bees maintained their winning run with a dominant 0-1 victory over Wrexham. 

• Four wins from four has seen the Bees rocket up the Skrill Premier table to fourth. 

• Forest Green Rovers are also enjoying an impressive run taking ten points from their last four games. 

• Rovers are unbeaten during 2014 with their last defeat coming on 28 December 2013 away to Hereford.

• Jack Saville has returned to the squad after missing Barnet's last two fixtures with a hip injury.

• Barnet currently sit fourth in the Skrill Premier table on 54 points just three points behind third placed Alfreton Town.

• The Bees are ten points clear of Forest Green Rovers but the Gloucestershire based side have four games in hand over the Bees. 

Team News

Barnet Football Club

• Harry Crawford and Luke Gambin have both returned to training following extended spells in the treatment room. 

• Graham Stack will travel with the team but he has not been named in the squad as he continues his return to full fitness.

• The extent of Luisma Villa's ankle injury will be discovered in the next 24 hours following a scan on Monday.

• Fellow Spaniard Roberto Casabella will also miss out after suffering a knee injury in training. 

Forest Green Rovers

• Former Bee Magno Vieira could face his former club.

• Lee Hughes and Yan Klukowski will face late fitness tests after suffering knocks on Saturday.

• Chris Stokes is Rovers only other definite absentee in what is otherwise a fully fit squad for manager Ady Pennock to pick from.

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 22 February
Skrill Premier
Wrexham 0-1 Barnet
Barnet: Jupp, Stephens, Gjokaj, Yiadom, Johnson, Weston, Byrne, Cadogan, KMB (Lopez 67), Adams (Casabella 82), Hyde (Mengerink 90). 
Subs not used: Abdulla, Vilhete.
Goals: Hyde 78.

Saturday 22 February
Skrill Premier
Forest Green Rovers 3-1 Southport
Forest Green Rovers: Russell, Oshodi, Oliver, Bennett, Hodgkiss, Kelly, Bangura, Barry, Norwood (Vieira 92), Hughes (Klukowski 46), Wright.
Subs not used: Walker, Asafu-Adjaye.
Goals: Wright, 23, 30 Klukowski 73.

Previous Meeting

25 March 2005 – Forest Green Rovers 0-2 Barnet

• Barnet’s last trip to the New Lawn ended in victory as goals from Ben Strevens and Liam Hatch secured a 2-0 win for Paul Fairclough’s side. The Bees had to work hard for the points but they finally took the lead after 55 minutes through Strevens. Eight minutes later the points were sealed as Liam Hatch made it 2-0 to send the travelling Bees home with a smile. 

Barnet Football Club: Tynan, Hendon, Clist, Yakubu, King, Graham, Sinclair, Lee (Bailey 73), Hatch, Strevens, Grazioli. 
Subs: Gore, Batt, Charles, Roache.
Goals: Strevens 55 & Hatch 67. 

Forest Green Rovers: Lyttle (Green 84), Garner, Harris, Richardson, Davies (Davis 62), Gadsby (Rogers 56), Searle, Griffin, Beesley, McAuley, Williams.
Subs not used: Perrin, Roberts.
Goals: N/A

Background (Stats from Soccerbase)

• Barnet have faced Forest Green Rovers a total of nine times. They have emerged victorious on four 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 two wins and one draw in the next three meetings.

Last Six Meetings (Stats from Soccerbase)

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
23 November 2002 – Barnet 2-0 Forest Green Rovers 

Overall record v (all competitions) W 4 D 3 L 2 

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