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MATCH PREVIEW

PUBLISHED
14:55 24th June 2016
By  Andy Phillips

Barnet Preview


Town head to Barnet on Saturday afternoon (3pm) for the penultimate game of the season as they look to finish the campaign with some momentum.

#OperationMariachi is the talk of the weekend off the pitch after Town fans managed to defy expectations once again and raise money towards a mariachi band being amongst the fans for the fixture, but boss Russell Slade and his players will want to ensure there is a positive performance on the pitch to go alongside the party atmosphere the away faithful look set to create.

Barnet come into the game just below down in 15th position after hitting a rut in the second half of the season, but they picked up three points away at Hartlepool last weekend and will be hoping to build on that with their final home game of the season.

TEAM NEWS

Town have a couple of new injury worries ahead of the game, though boss Russell Slade wouldn't name the players in question. He did, however, say that it may give him a chance to look at a couple of new players. One player that is very likely to be missing is striker Akwasi Asante, who doesn't look set to play a part in the final two games of the campaign with a niggle that has bothered him for a while.

Barnet have few injury concerns ahead of the fixture, and have played the same starting eleven in their last two fixtures. Midfielder Tom Champion and winger Simeon Akinola have been out with injury but returned to the squad for their game at the weekend.

FORM GUIDE:

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Town: LWLDDLWWLW

OPPOSITION

Barnet have had a fairly inconsistent season that has seen them drop away from play-off contention after a sticky spell, but they have comfortably stayed up once again so will be fairly satisfied overall.

It has been also been a topsy-turvy few months on the managerial front with promotion winning  boss Martin Allen departing for Eastleigh in December and replaced by Kevin Nugent in February, only for him to part company with the Bees after only two months at the helm a fortnight ago.

The man now in caretaker charge is former youth manager Rossi Eames, who has had a lot of success with the club at U18 and U20 level. He took charge for the initial period between Allen's departure and Nugent's arrival, winning five of his 12 games during that spell, so he will be hoping to finish this campaign on a positive note before a new appointment is made over the summer.

The Bees still have a fair amount of players that were with them in the National League, with the most notable of those being striker John Akinde. The Bees have managed to hold onto the 27-year-old despite him scoring 82 goals in the last four seasons for the club. He has hit 25 goals again this season, which is almost half of the club's goals, so he is vital to their side.

Two of those goals came in the reverse fixture earlier in the season, which ended in a 2-2 draw after Town look the lead through an Omar Bogle brace before he scored twice himself from the penalty spot in an entertaining fixture at Blundell Park back in November. 

PRE-MATCH

Russell Slade: ''They're playing with a real freedom at the minute, they've got a striker in Akinde who has 27 goals or something in that region and I quite like the midfielder Taylor so they're quite useful going forward and it'll be a tough competitive game. They do try to play so it'll be a football match.''

Rossi Eames: ''There's two games and six games to play for, so I want the players to know I want maximum effort, I want to work harder than the opposition and I want to outplay the opposition. It's the last home game of the season, the fans have paid their hard earned money to come and watch us, they've been great throughtout and we want tto repay that.''