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Barnet v Telford

Nationwide Conference
9 August 2003

 
 

 

 
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Barnet 3rd Where? Underhill
When? Saturday August 9th 2003
Telford United 21st What Time? 3:00pm
Competition Nationwide Conference

Match Preview

For the past two seasons back in the Conference the first game of the season has thrown up tough away games against ex-league clubs (Hereford United and Doncaster Rovers) and both games were lost 2-1. This year, the computer has been kinder to us, at least that's what we thought at the time. Telford have signed some real quality, most notably ex-Bradford and Coventry City striker Lee Mills on a free and the debutants will certainly be looking to live up to their big billing.

However, Barnet have also had to ring the changes, no less than ten players have been bought in plus two academy players being offered professional contracts. The new players are - Ian Hendon (previously on loan, Peterborough United) Guy Lopez (previously on trial) Tony Taggart (Farnborough Town) Mark Williams (Brentford) Joe Gamble (loan from Reading) Danny Maddix (Sheffield Wednesday) Mark Rooney (Dagenham & Redbridge) Chris Plummer (QPR) Simon King (Oxford United) Guiliano Grazioli (part exchange with Junior Agogo, Bristol Rovers) Liam Hatch (Gravesend & Northfleet, £23,000) with Ricky Millard, Soloman Henry and Lee Roach signing professional terms. Obviously with this amount of new players, they have to be given time to gel and in six pre-season games they have not been outstanding but it's been encouraging. Draws against Arsenal, Peterborough, Orient and Weymouth and defeats against Brighton and Carshalton may not be the best results but the performances have been good with some individuals standing out. Liam Hatch on his debut against Arsenal was very unfortunate to pick up a bad injury which will keep him out until about three months into the season.

There is a giddy excitement around Barnet as the new season kicks off, a big crowd is doubtful but we can hope that the public can come along to get behind the team. No matter what the attendance, one thing we are guaranteed is an electric atmosphere generated from both sets of fans who will be equally psyched up for the new season. If there is one man to take us back into the league, it's Martin Allen, so let's get out there and show them what we're made of.

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Postcard from Telford United


Ground
Bucks Head
Capacity
6,800
Manager
Mick Jones
Chairman
Andy Shaw
2001/2002 Position
9th
2002/2003 Position
15th

 
       
 
Telford would seem to be an unknown package considering all of their transfer dealings in the pre-season. They have bought in some familiar names such as Lee Mills and just recently Fitzroy Simpson. Some good results in pre-season and a complete revamp of the Bucks Head, you'd think that it's all going for Telford United, perhaps a club in line to step up and make a name for themselves in the football league.

Three sides of Bucks Head have now been rebuilt, the two ends with arched rooves are terraced and one end is given to away fans. The new Main Stand has just been completed and looks a very very impressive structure. Also, in the corner between the Stand and Away Terrace, a Hotel and Banqueting suite has been built offering a superb view of what must be one of the best Conference stadiums. The other side is an open terrace and I'm pretty sure that this side will be built up too.

Telford are a club with potential, they have an ambitious and rich chairman, a brilliant stadium and a strong squad, if they don't make it this year I'm pretty sure there'll be there or thereabouts over the coming season. Look out for them pushing up into the league.

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Probable Line Up

GK 1 Danny Naisbitt Conceded:: 0
RB 4 Ian Hendon Goals:: 0
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:: 0
Definite Absentees
CB 14 Ismail Yakubu Injury - Thigh - 2 Weeks
CF 21 Liam Hatch Injury - Cruciate Ligaments - 3 Months
GK 13 Ricky Millard Suspension - 1 Game

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Previous Conference Meetings (Credit Confguide)
22/12/79 Barnet 4 1 Telford United  
24/03/80 Telford United 1 2 Barnet  
06/09/80 Telford United 0 0 Barnet  
18/04/80 Barnet 4 1 Telford United  
27/03/82 Barnet 1 0 Telford United  
21/04/82 Telford United 3 0 Barnet  
22/01/83 Telford United 3 0 Barnet  
25/04/83 Barnet 0 2 Telford United  
08/10/83 Barnet 0 0 Telford United  
15/10/83 Telford United 0 0 Barnet  
18/08/84 Barnet 0 1 Telford United  
29/12/84 Telford United 1 0 Barnet  
24/08/85 Telford United 2 2 Barnet  
19/04/86 Barnet 1 2 Telford United  
04/10/86 Barnet 2 2 Telford United  
21/03/87 Telford United 0 1 Barnet  
05/09/87 Barnet 0 2 Telford United  
30/01/88 Telford United 2 4 Barnet  
11/02/89 Barnet 1 3 Telford United  
25/04/89 Telford United 0 3 Barnet  
07/10/89 Barnet 2 1 Telford United  
24/03/90 Telford United 1 3 Barnet  
10/11/90 Telford United 1 1 Barnet  
01/04/91 Barnet 0 0 Telford United  
15/09/01 Telford United 1 2 Barnet 911  
23/03/02 Barnet 0 0 Telford United 1,306  
07/09/02 Barnet 3 0 Telford United 1,067  
14/12/02 Telford United 2 1 Barnet 779

Report


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All Time PLD Home
W
D L F A Away
W
D L F A GD PTS
Barnet 28 5 4 5 16 15 6 4 4 19 17 3 41
Telford United 28 4 4 6 17 19 5 4 5 15 16 -3 35
                           
 
       
 
Weather

Well the last few days have been sweltering and should be much the same on Saturday but a little bit of cloud is forecast so it may be a little cooler in South Herts but still very very warm and will be tough for the players.

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31°C - 88°F

BFCSA Prediction
Two sides who have gone through huge changes. On paper, Barnet should win but football isn't about what's on paper, it's about what happens on the pitch. I think it'll be close and it'll be only the odd goal between the pair, but I think that Barnet should edge it.

Barnet 2-1 Telford United :: Att: 1466


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