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Match Preview: Yeovil Town v Barnet

11 December 2015

Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s match against the Glovers…

Yeovil Town v Barnet
Huish Park
League Two
Saturday 12th November 2015
Kick Off: 15:00


Barnet: The Bees have struggled in recent weeks, so will be looking to turn things around when they travel to Huish Park on Saturday. Martin Allen’s side exited the FA Cup last weekend (losing to Newport County 1-0) and have only gained one point from their last four league matches. Barnet’s good form throughout October demonstrated that they are capable of turning things around and putting a run together though, and the Bees face four teams in the bottom half of the table before the new year.

Yeovil Town: Things haven’t been going too well for Yeovil during the early stages of the season. The team are bottom of the division and haven’t won a league match since September 19th (beating Crawley Town 1-0 away from home). As a result the Glovers are 23rd in the form table (with two points from eight games) and are the third-worst team at home this season. Things aren’t all bad for Yeovil though – they’re through to the 3rd round in the FA Cup and reached the area semi-finals of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

In The Dugout: Yeovil are currently without a manager, after parting company with Paul Sturrock early last week. The club have appointed first team coach  Darren Way as interim manager, and the former midfielder enjoyed the perfect start to life in the dugout at the weekend – beating Stevenage 1-0 in the FA Cup 2nd Round. His team will now travel to Carlisle United in January. Way has revealed that he is keen to become a permanent fixture in the Yeovil hot seat, so will be looking to impress the Glovers faithful in the Somerset side’s upcoming matches.

Dangerman:  Ryan Bird was a prolific goalscorer at non-league level early in his career; the forward netted 133 times in 340 games for Southern League side Burnham from 2009 to 2013. His form attracted the attention of Portsmouth manager Guy Whittingham, who brought the 6ft 4in marksman to Fratton Park. Bird struggled to hold down a first team spot with Pompey, but did enjoy a successful loan spell at Cambridge United – his nine goals in 13 games were enough for the U’s to make the striker’s move permanent in 2014. Yeovil Town swooped to sign the Slough-born targetman last summer and he has repaid their faith in him so far this season – scoring seven league goals to date.

Last Meeting: The Bees have already visited Huish Park this season – a scrappy affair saw the home side run out 1-0 winners, thanks to an own-goal from Bira Dembele. 1203 supporters witnessed that Johnstone’s Paint Trophy 1st Round defeat in September, the highlight of which was a lively performance from striker Aaron McLean. Yeovil went on to beat Coventry City 4-3 on penalties in the second round, before seeing off Gillingham (again on penalties) in the area quarter-finals. They finally exited the competition on Tuesday – losing 3-2 to Oxford United at the area semi-finals stage.

Ticket Details: Barnet supporters will be housed in the stadium's Screwfix Community Stand (seated), where admission prices are: Adults - £20.00, Seniors (Over 65) - £16.00, Young Person (16-21) - £14.00, Under 16’s - £8.00, and Family Juniors - £6.00. Ambulant Disabled / Wheelchair tickets are £16, with carers free of charge. For more details click here.

Travel: The supporters’ coach leaves The Hive at 09:15 and costs £24 return. You can also get a shuttle bus to The Hive for just £1 each way. For more details click here.

Follow The Match: If you can’t get to Huish Park, 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.


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