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Match Preview: Wycombe Wanderers v Barnet

15 April 2016

Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s match against Wycombe Wanderers…

Wycombe Wanderers v Barnet
Adams Park
Saturday 16th April 2016
Kick Off: 15:00


Barnet: Bees fans will have been buoyed by Barnet’s performance against Leyton Orient on Saturday. Martin Allen’s side ran out convincing 3-0 winners, thanks to a brace from John Akinde and a first goal of the season for Sam Togwell. The Bees have now won two, drawn two and lost two of their last six matches. That mixed set of results means that Barnet are 11th in the form chart (last eight games), ahead of their trip to Adams Park.

You can watch Martin Allen’s pre-match interview here.

Wycombe Wanderers: The Chairboys have one of the tightest defences in League Two this season – only conceding 37 goals in 41 games. They would undoubtedly be even higher in the table if it wasn’t for their struggles in front of goal. Wycombe’s joint top scorers have only netted seven times each in the league, and the team have struck just 43 times in total. Only Yeovil Town, Newport County and Dagenham & Redbridge have scored less. The Buckinghamshire side have become draw specialists in recent weeks; four of their last six games have ended in a tie. Wycombe are 14th in the form chart (last eight matches) and have the 11th best home record this season.

In The Dugout:  Gareth Ainsworth has been in the Adams Park dugout since September 2012. The former Preston, Lincoln City and Queens Park Rangers midfielder managed to keep Wycombe in League Two during his first two seasons at the club, before building a team that challenged for promotion in 2014-15. They came agonisingly close to reaching League One – missing out on third place by one point, before losing on penalties to Southend United in the playoff final. Ainsworth has continued his good work this season, and Wycombe are on the fringes of the playoffs going into Saturday’s match.

Dangermen: Republic of Ireland U21 international  Michael Harriman has scored eight goals for Wycombe this season. The defender initially joined the Chairboys on loan from Queens Park Rangers during the first half of the campaign, before making the move permanent in January.  Garry Thompson has also struck eight times in all competitions. The experienced midfielder has made over 500 league appearances; notably for Morecambe, Scunthorpe United and Bradford City. Thompson won promotion with all three sides, as well as reaching to League Cup final with the Bantams in 2013.

Last Meeting: Wycombe Wanderers were the visitors to The Hive for the stadium’s first ever Football League match. The Chairboys ran out 2-0 winners, thanks to two goals from Garry Thompson. The winger opened the scoring in the 53rd minute, before doubling Wycombe’s lead deep into injury time. To read a report from that match, click here.

Ticket Details: Barnet supporters will be housed in the stadium's Panache Stand (seated), where on-the-day admission prices are: Adults - £22, Seniors (over 60) - £19, Young Adults (19-25) - £17, Juniors (8-18) - £13, 7 & Under – FREE. Click here for more information.

Travel: The supporters’ coach leaves The Hive at 12:00 and costs £19 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 the Adams 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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