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OPPOSITION PREVIEW | Barnet

A full look at the Bees ahead of Saturday's game

21 September 2017

An in-depth look at Saturday's opponents...

The season so far

The Bees occupy 14th place in the table ahead of this weekend’s game, having won three, draw two and lost three of their opening eight league matches.

The side started the season on the road, and drew 2-2 with newly promoted Forest Green Rovers on the opening day of the season.Seven days later they picked up their first win of the campaign in dramatic fashion – Jack Taylor’s last-minute goal earnt the Bees a 1-0 home win over Luton Town.

Successive 1-0 defeat to Crewe Alexandra and Stevenage respectively followed, before they bounced back in style winning 4-1 away to Swindon Town at the County ground at the start of this month.

The first back to back wins of the season came when they followed that result up with a 3-1 home success over Cambridge United, before falling to a 2-1 defeat to top of the table Exeter City three days later.

Last week the North Londoners drew 1-1 away to Carlisle United – with the hosts denied the Bees three points on the road courtesy of a Sean Miller strike five minutes from time.

The one to watch

With seven goals in all competitions already so far this term – including five in eight league matches, Shaquile Coulthirst has started the season in fine form for the Bees.

Having joined on a free transfer in the summer after being released by Mansfield Town, the former Tottenham Hotspur academy product leads the scoring charts for the North London side.

He’s netted in both of the side’s last two home matches, and also grabbed an eye-catching hat-trick in the aforementioned success over Swindon Town.

The man in charge

Rossi Eames began his sporting career as an artisitc gymnast winning medals at the British Championships before retiring from the sport aged 21. 

The 32-year-old was twice placed in caretaker charge of the club last season, after the respective departures of Martin Allen and then Kevin Nugent – with Eames also in the role of Assistant Manager last year too, to the latter.

He was given the Head Coach role on a permanent basis in May this year, and is a popular figure at the club having also coached at youth level with the Bees.

We’ve got history

The sides have met seven times, with Crawley winning twice and Barnet winning three of the previous encounters – the other two have ended all square.

The first was all the way back in 1993 in the second round of the FA Cup, where the Bees ran out 2-1 victors.

The first league meetings between the teams came in the 2011/12 campaign, and the Reds complete the double over the Bees. The first fixture that year ended in a 1-0 win with Tyrone Barnet grabbing an early and decisive goal. The reverse fixture saw the Reds come out 2-1 victors on the road – with goals from John Dempster and Scott Davies cancelling our Ricky Holmes’ first half effort.

The two games in the 2015-16 season both ended in defeats, and the two meetings last term ended all square.

A 1-1 draw last August saw Joe McNerney’s second half header cancel out John Akinde’s early opener, before Rhys Murphy and Enzio Boldewin were on target in a 2-2 draw back in March at the Hive. 


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