Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s game against Carlisle United…
Sky Bet League Two
Saturday 16th January 2016
Kick Off: 15:00
Barnet: The Bees produced a dogged display against Bristol Rovers (1-0) to record their third win in five games. That result saw Barnet climb to 16th in the table, and means that they currently have the second best home form in the league. Martin Allen has bolstered his squad this week with the signings of Chris Hackett (Northampton Town – loan), Mark Randall (MK Dons) and Alie Sesay (Leicester City). Kevin Lisbie and Aaron McLean have left The Hive, but the Bees will be full of confidence ahead of their clash with Carlisle.
Carlisle United: The Blues are currently 10th in League Two, but have games in hand over most of their play-off chasing rivals. Their recent form has been mixed; winning four, drawing three and losing three of their last ten league matches. Carlisle were unbeaten in five games prior to their January loss to Plymouth Argyle (2-0), and are the third highest scorers in the division. The Cumbrians are 7th in the form table (last eight games) and have the 13th best away record this season.
In The Dugout: Keith Curle began his managerial career at Mansfield Town in 2002. After suffering relegation from League One with the Stags, the 52-year-old took the midlands club to the League Two play-off final – only to lose on penalties to Huddersfield Town. Less successful spells at Chester City and Torquay United followed, before the former Manchester City defender joined Neil Warnock’s coaching team at Crystal Palace and Queens Park Rangers. He returned to the managerial hot seat in 2012; leading Notts County to a 7th place finish in League One and only missing out on the play-offs on goal difference. The Bristol-born coach joined Carlisle in 2014 and helped the Cumbrians avoid relegation last season.
Dangerman: Jabo Ibehre is Carlisle’s top scorer, with 14 goals in all competitions to date. The 32-year-old is enjoying the most prolific spell of his career with the Blues, having only reached double figures in one previous campaign. Ibehre started out at Leyton Orient and spent nine years with the East London club – winning promotion to League One in 2006. The striker moved on to Walsall in 2008, where he scored 11 goals in one season with the Saddlers. He enjoyed just over three years with MK Dons before signing for Colchester United; first on loan and then permanently in 2013. The Islington-born forward’s time with the U’s was a success, and he won the 2012-13 Player of the Year award following a series of impressive performances. In 2014-15 Ibehre decided that his future lay away from the Community Stadium. He spent time on loan at Oldham Athletic and Barnsley, before joining Carlisle last summer.
Last Meeting: Barnet were unlucky to lose a pulsating encounter at Brunton Park earlier this season. Carlisle United ran out 3-2 winners thanks to a brace from Derek Asamoah. The striker added to Tom Miller’s second minute opener to give the Cumbrians a two goal advantage, but goals from Bira Dembele and Michael Gash brought Barnet back into the game. However Asamoah’s second half strike was enough to seal the win for Carlisle. You can read the report from that match here.
Ticket Details: You can book tickets in advance of the game online here. 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.
All remaining tickets for this game are half price for both home and away fans! Click here to read more.
Tickets to Saturday’s match are also available as part of our ‘Three for £33’ bundle! Find out more here.
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 club are now offering a 50% discount for supporters travelling on the first bus to / last bus from The Hive. Find out more here.
Please note: The Jubilee Line is suspended between Waterloo and Stanmore on Saturday. To find out more about alternative routes, click 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. Tottenham Hotspur v Sunderland 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?
All our hospitality packages are also half price this Saturday! Find out more here.
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.