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Farnborough Town v Barnet

Nationwide Conference
Tuesday 12 August 2003

 
     
 
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Farnborough Town 18th Where? Cherrywood Road
When? Tuesday August 12th 2003
Barnet 2nd What Time? 7:45pm
Competition Nationwide Conference

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Barnet started the season with a brilliant 2-0 victory at home to Telford on Saturday which leaves us in 2nd place. A fantastic second half performance especially saw us take a deserved victory with goals from Ben Strevens and Ian Hendon (although it was given as an own goal, it WASN'T).

Farnborough however had a lovely journey to Scarborough on a hot sunny day - doesn't it make you jealous when you consider that we have to go there on a November Tuesday night!! Anyway, they unfortunately lost 2-1 to an 89th minute penalty having equalised through Ken Charlery on 83. The result leaves them in 18th place after the first round of matches.

I would imagine that Barnet will keep the same line-up from Saturday having picked up no injuries and should have rested from the exhaustion of the sweltering heat. I'd imagine a large-ish crowd by Farnborough's standards with a large Barnet following to swell the numbers.

Thankfully, I'll be without crutches for this years' trip but even with them last year I still managed to go mad having won a tenner on the BFCSA players draw thanks to Ismail Yakubu's stupendous (thesaurus' are great eh?) goal from the edge of the box. It was some way to open up his account in a Barnet shirt but unfortunately he won't be repeating the feat as he will be out injured for the next week or two.

Two seasons ago, newly relegated Barnet faced newly promoted Farnborough on August Bank Holiday Monday with Farnborough winning 2-1 with a 90th minute goal. At Underhill, Farnborough took apart a Barnet side with a huge lack of confidence having lost five in a row and the 3-0 defeat in front of just 787. The result saw that John Still resigned and Shreeves and Allen took over.

In 02/03, Farnborough again stole victory with a 90th minute goal, 2-1 at Underhill in a game ridden with controversy and the particularly poor performance of referee, Mr. A. Conn. Back at Cherrywood Road, the heart of the Farnborough squad had been ripped out and taken to Stevenage but they still managed to lead twice on way to a 2-2 draw, Craig Pope saved Barnet's blushes with his first goal of his Barnet career with a near post header 5 minutes from time.

This year, Farnborough have made up their squad largely from trialists and lower leagues but one player who has apparently looked outstanding for them is Ali Chaaban who Farnborough fans have been giving rave reviews. Of course, Tony Taggart was signed from Farnborough on a free in the summer and was then considered to be one of Farnborough's better players and has showed some real potential since joining. Whether Barnet can turn potential into points remains to be seen, but I certainly believe we can do it very efficiently to see us right up there come what May.

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Postcard from Farnborough Town

Ground
Cherrywood Road
Capacity
4,100
Manager
Tommy Taylor
Chairman
Ian McDonald
2001/2002 Position
7th
2002/2003 Position
13th

 


Farnborough have had to piece together a new team since the heart of them went to Stevenage with Westley (boooooo!) and seem to have taken most of their players from trialists and lower leagues but one player who has stood out for them and earned rave reviews, Ali Chaaban who signed after impressing in trials.

Tony Taggart is expected to receive a warm reception from the Farnborough following due to his loyalty to the club when Westley left and he was certainly popular for his ability and from his performances in pre-season, his ability is clear to see. He made his move to Barnet in the summer purely for the reason of becoming a professional footballer.

I think it's fair to say that Farnborough's Cherrywood Road ground has been neglected. I'm told it was down to Westley who decided to concentrate on the team rather than the stadium. Away fans are given the uncovered and rather shallow Moore Road End and a covered seating area if needed. Plenty of fans can be accommodated here but aren't exactly guaranteed the best of views.

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Probable Line Up

GK 1 Danny Naisbitt Conceded:: 0
RB 4 Ian Hendon Goals:: 1 (Although given as Own Goal)
CB 5 Chris Plummer Goals:: 0
CB 6 Danny Maddix Goals:: 0
LB 3 Simon King Goals:: 0
RM 7 Mark Williams Goals:: 0
CM 8 Guy Lopez Goals:: 0
CM 15 Joe Gamble Goals:: 0
LM 11 Tony Taggart Goals:: 0
CF 9 Guiliano Grazioli Goals:: 0
CF 10 Ben Strevens Goals:: 1
Definite Absentees
CB 14 Ismail Yakubu Injury - Thigh - 1 Week
CF 21 Liam Hatch Injury - Cruciate Ligaments - 3 Months

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Previous Conference Meetings (Credit Confguide)
4/10/89 Farnborough Town 0 1 Barnet 1152  
9/12/89 Barnet 4 1 Farnborough Town 2075  
27/08/01 Farnborough Town 2 1 Barnet 1126  
19/02/02 Barnet 0 3 Farnborough Town 2075  
17/09/02 Barnet 1 2 Farnborough Town 1069  
4/10/89 Farnborough Town 2 2 Barnet 886 Report

Plus one FA Trophy tie and one FA Cup Tie (and Replay)

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All Time PLD Home
W
D L F A Away
W
D L F A GD PTS
Farnborough Town 6 1 1 1 4 4 2 0 1 6 5 1 8
Barnet 6 1 0 2 5 6 1 1 1 4 4 -1 7
                           
Last 6 Games
Farnborough Town
versus Scarborough
Away
           
  L 1-2            
                           
Barnet
versus Telford
Home
           
  W 2-0            

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Weather

Apparently it's getting much cooler into next week and some grey cloud will cut out the sun as we go into the evening

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22°C - 70°F

BFCSA Prediction
If we can make a repeat performance, I can't really see Farnborough causing us much trouble even though they'll want to bounce back from a harsh defeat at Scarborough. The defence against Telford were ridiculously good and Strevens was awesome. Grazioli needed a few more days for full match fitness but still showed some intelligent touches. There's only one result I can see here.

Farnborough Town 0-3 Barnet :: Att: 1264

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James' Prediction Record
Scoreline Spot On Correct Outcome Incorrect Outcome Points
  0 1 0

2

         
Attendance Spot On Within 100 Within 50 Points
  0 0 0

0


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