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24 November 2017

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TOWN head to Barnet on Saturday afternoon (3pm) looking for their second win on the bounce.

The thrilling 3-2 win over Swindon Town on Tuesday night showed what Russell Slade's men are capable of on their day, and they will be looking to continue that with victory against a side that have struggled so far this campaign.

Despite the Bees' being in the relegation zone going into the fixture, they have been well in nearly every game they have played and often lost to the odd goal. With it also being new boss Mark McGhee's first home game in charge, they will certainly provide another test for the Mariners.

Berrett and Woolford battling for fitness

Town's only real doubts come in the form of James Berrett and Martyn Woolford, who have both missed the last two games with a back injury and through illness respectively.

Other than that, the real team selection for boss Russell Slade comes up top, with Jamille Matt and Sam Jones both coming in on Tuesday night and Scott Vernon and JJ Hooper both waiting in the wings.

Barnet have several injury problems ahead of the fixture, with midfielder Dan Sweeney set to miss out along with the experienced pair of Curtis Weston and Richard Brindley. Elliott Johnson and Dave Tarpey are both long term absentees for the Bees.

Barnet looking for survival

Barnet have firmly established themselves in the EFL since promotion in 2016 and will be eager to make sure that they stay in the division after a difficult start.

Former Leicester City and Millwall manager Mark McGhee replaced Rossi Eames last week and has won one and lost one of his two games so far. With over 25 years worth of managerial experience under his belt, the Bees will be hoping that McGhee can turn things around.

McGhee's side are still looking for their first home win since September but after beating Newport on Tuesday night, they will be hoping to start putting together some momentum to push them up the table.

In striker John Akinde, the side have a player that is a proven goalscorer at this level and he has been sorely missed after only returning to the side last week after a two month lay-off. They will be hoping he can strike up a partnership with former Tottenham youngster Shaquille Coulthirst, who has hit 6 goals so far this campaign.

Managers in summary   

Russell Slade: 'It’s an interesting game, and it’s a tricky game for us. It’s obviously Mark McGhee’s first game at home – they have got a new manager at the football club of course. He will be wanting to make a mark and, of course, with the situation they find themselves in, in the league, points are obviously very valuable to them as well. It makes it a very difficult game for us.”


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