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Match Preview: Crawley Town v Barnet

6 May 2016

Everything you need to know ahead of tomorrow’s match against Crawley Town…

Crawley Town v Barnet
Broadfield Stadium
Saturday 7th May 2016
Kick Off: 15:00


Barnet: The Bees’ four match unbeaten run came to an end when they lost to Yeovil on Saturday, but it has still been an impressive finish to the season for Martin Allen’s men. Barnet have secured a result in six of their last eight games and are 10th in the form chart (last eight matches). They will finish in 15th place regardless of the result against Crawley Town, but will hope to reach the 60 point mark with a win or a draw against the Sussex side.

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

Crawley Town: The Reds are enduring a difficult end to the season, having lost their last seven games. Their two matches prior to that run were draws, putting Crawley bottom of the League Two form chart. They are the joint second lowest scorers in the division, but are still 20th thanks to some good form midway through the campaign.

In The Dugout:  Dermot Drummy only took charge of the Red Devils last month. He is their second manager of the season, after Mark Yates was relieved of his duties at the end of April. Drummy briefly managed Ware in 1996-97, but most of his coaching career has been spent with Chelsea. He was their academy manager from 2009-11, before managing their reserve team between 2011 and 2014. The former midfielder won the FA Youth Cup in 2010, reached the NextGen Series Final in 2013, and lifted the U21 Premier League trophy the following year.

Dangerman:  Matt Harrold is Crawley’s top scorer with nine goals so far this season. The nomadic striker has played for 13 different clubs in his career – amongst them Barnet’s near neighbours Wingate & Finchley. Harrold scored nine goals in 20 matches for the Blues, in-between spells with Grays Athletic and Harlow Town. He progressed to league football with Brentford in 2003, enjoying loan moves to Dagenham & Redbridge and Grimsby Town while at Griffin Park. The 31-year-old has played over 50 games for Yeovil Town, Southend United and Wycombe Wanderers since 2005, but his most successful spell was probably at Bristol Rovers – scoring 27 goals in 87 matches. 

Last Meeting: The Bees beat Crawley Town 4-2 when the teams met in December at The Hive. Two headed goals from Bira Dembele gave Barnet the lead after a quiet first half, but Crawley hit back late in the second period - Mitch Hancox and Jimmy Smith levelling things up on 76 and 79 minutes. The Bees weren’t done though; a John Akinde penalty and a Lewis Young own goal in the 85th minute gave Barnet all three points. To read the full match report, click here.

Ticket Details: Barnet supporters will be housed in the stadium's East Stand (seated) or North Terrace (standing), where on-the-day admission prices are: Adults - £20 / £16, Seniors (Over 65) - £16 / £12, Young Adults (18-21) - £16 / £12, U18s - £10, U16s - £8, U11s - £6. Family tickets are also available. To find out more information, click here.

Travel: Please note that there is no Supporters’ Coach running to this match. For more details click here.

Follow The Match: If you can’t get to Broadfield Stadium, 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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