Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s game against Newport County…
Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round
Saturday 5th December 2015
Kick Off: 15:00
Barnet: The Bees will be looking to get back to winning ways on Saturday, after a difficult few matches. Martin Allen’s side haven’t won for four games, and have dropped to 15th in the League Two form chart. However last week’s defeat by Mansfield Town (1-3) was Barnet’s first home loss in five matches at The Hive. The Bees still have the 8th best home form in the division, thanks to a series of good performances in October. An FA Cup 1st Round victory over League One Blackpool (2-0) came at the end of that run, setting up tomorrow’s clash with Newport County.
Josh Clarke and Jack Stacey are unavailable to play in Saturday’s match due to the conditions of their loan deals, but Martin Allen has revealed that Kevin Lisbie and Bira Dembele could be back in contention to play a part at the weekend.
Martin’s View: “Newport have made some good loan signings. They’ve certainly improved their team. John Sheridan is a good manager. As a player I respected him, and as a manager he’s done very well. A change of ownership has brought in fresh money and some good players. But the FA Cup is a great leveller. Anything can happen in the FA Cup.”
Watch more of the manager’s pre-match interview here.
Newport County: The Exiles are enjoying a good run of form in recent weeks, winning three and drawing four of their last seven league matches. That unbeaten spell has lifted Newport to sixth in the League Two form table. Unfortunately their difficult start to the season means that they remain in 21st place – 2 spots below the Bees. County are the 16th best team away in the division, having won three, drawn three and lost four on the road so far this campaign. In terms of the FA Cup, Newport needed a replay to beat Conference North side Brackley Town in the 1st Round. A 2-2 draw at St James’ Park was followed by a convincing 4-1 victory over the Saints.
The Ironsides will be without Oliver McBurnie for tomorrow’s game – the striker scored a 23 minute hat-trick in Newport’s last match (a 3-0 win against Luton Town), but is prohibited from playing because of the conditions attached to his loan from Swansea City.
In The Dugout: John Sheridan took charge of Newport County in October this year, following the team’s poor start to the season. He arrived at Rodney Parade having taken Plymouth Argyle to the play-off semi-finals in 2014-15, and has overseen a dramatic improvement in County’s form over the last month. The former Republic of Ireland international began his managerial career at Oldham Athletic, where he lead the Latics to sixth and eighth placed finishes. Further success followed at Chesterfield – Sheridan’s team won promotion to League One and followed that up with victory in the 2012 Football League Trophy final against Swindon Town.
Dangermen: Lenell John-Lewis scored 20 goals last season for Barnet’s Conference rivals Grimsby Town, as the Mariners finished 3rd in the table. That was the most prolific campaign of the winger-cum-striker’s career – the Hammersmith-born forward had never previously reached double figures in a single season. John-Lewis moved to Newport last summer and has enjoyed a good start to life in South Wales, scoring five goals in all competitions so far this year. Former Sheffield United youngster Scott Boden has also struck five times since joining the club in July. The 25-year-old marksman made over 100 appearances for Chesterfield earlier in his career – winning the League Two title in 2010-11 and the Football League Trophy the following year. Boden then scored 21 times in one season for Conference side Macclesfield, before hitting the net on 11 occasions with fellow fifth tier club Halifax Town.
Previous Meeting: Barnet recorded a famous win against Newport County in November 1970. The Bees’ 6-1 FA Cup 1st Round triumph is still a joint-record victory for a non-league side against league opponents. Strikes by Powell, Adams and three goals for Ricky George helped to seal Barnet’s passage through to the second round, where they went on to beat Slough Town 1-0. The Bees finally exited the competition at the third round stage - losing 1-0 to Colchester United at Underhill.
George’s hat-trick helped beat a Newport team that included midfielder Ronnie Radford – the two men famously joined forces at Hereford United in 1971, and were the goal scorers when the Bulls shocked Newcastle in a 1972 FA Cup 3rd round replay. Malcolm McDonald thought he had won the match for the Magpies in the 82nd minute, but Radford levelled things up with just five minutes left to play. George scored Hereford’s winner in extra time, to record one of the greatest giant-killings of all time.
Ticket Details: You can book tickets in advance of the game online here, or by phone on 020 8381 3800. Tickets can be bought on the day of the match, but only at the Ticket Office. It is recommended to arrive early to avoid queues.
Travel: You can get to and from The Hive by taking our Shuttle Bus service. To find out more and check the bus timetable, click here.
The service will be running as usual on Saturday, but the club are now offering a 50% discount for supporters traveling on the first bus to / last bus from The Hive. Find out more here.
Food & Drink: Grazioli’s Bar (under the West Stand) will be open from 12:30, and will be serving our range of top quality burgers. Stoke City v Manchester City is the televised early kick-off on Saturday, so why not head down to the ground early and enjoy a pre-match beer before the game?
Prize Draw: Tickets for the Amber Triple Chance Draw are available for just £1. You could win a guaranteed first prize of £200, a £300 Jako voucher in our monthly draw, and be entered in an end-of-season draw for a year’s free Bees Membership! You can get tickets from our sellers around the ground.
Follow The Match: If you can’t get to The Hive, you can listen to full commentary of the match on Bees Player HD. We’ll also have live twitter updates throughout the game, and a match report & post-match reaction on barnetfc.com.