We preview Saturday's local derby...
Sky Bet League 2
Saturday 17th December 2016
The Hive, Camrose Avenue, London, HA8 6AG
Referee: Lee Swabey
Stevenage travel to Barnet FC tomorrow looking to make it six consecutive away wins in Sky Bet League 2 and seven league games unbeaten. With victories at Morecambe, Mansfield, Accrington, Portsmouth and Newport under Boro's belt in recent weeks, they'll be travelling down the A1(M) with confidence but they'll have to be wary of their hosts, who sit three points and three places above them in the table.
After just two victories in the opening two months of the season, the Bees have really found form recently and come into this game on a run of three consecutive wins and five games unbeaten. That's despite experienced manager Martin Allen departing the club for Eastleigh recently and taking four Barnet players with him, including two just this week. Academy Manager Henry Newman and Development Team coach Rossi Eames have since taken charge of first-team affairs and secured a 1-0 win at Yeovil Town last weekend.
Stevenage were given an advance allocation of 500 seated tickets in the new North Stand at The Hive. These are available online at www.borotickets.co.uk or in person from the club shop until midday on Friday 16th December.
Barnet have an away ticket office available for any collections or ticket purchases (cash only) on the day at the same prices.
£23 - Adults
£14 - Concessions (Over-65s and Under-21s)
£5 - Under-17s
Wheelchair disabled / ambulant disabled supporters need to contact The Hive directly for tickets on 0208 381 3800, option 5.
Parking is available at The Hive on a first-come, first-served basis at £5 per car.
The North Stand will be open from midday and Boro fans will have use of the new Heineken Bar within that stand. The Crystal Palace v Chelsea game will be shown live from 12.30pm.
Barnet are likely to be without midfielder Tom Champion (hamstring), Harry Taylor and Jamal Campbell-Ryce through injury. They are already missing Ben Tomlinson, Shaun Batt, Michael Gash and James Pearson for the rest of the 16/17 campaign, whilst Gavin Hoyte and Sam Togwell have both left The Hive to join former boss Martin Allen and former Boro and Bees defender Bondz N'Gala at Eastleigh.
Stevenage could welcome back Matt Godden into the starting XI after a sub appearance against Blackpool last weekend. Kgosi Ntlhe, Jamie Jones, Ben Kennedy and Tyler Walker are all doubts as they continue their recovery from recent injuries, with Darren Sarll unwilling to rush them back ahead of schedule.
View from the dressing room:
Darren Sarll “We go there, like any other game, we go there to win. I love a local derby, I really enjoy them and I consider Barnet a derby for us. We are lucky like that we have got quite a few of them this year.
"I just look at the Christmas period – Barnet, Cambridge, Colchester. I think they are good games, good local games.
“We have got ourselves into a strong position, a position we want to improve on but we have given ourselves a chance of attacking that top part of the league. Barnet away is another chance for us to try and get ourselves in touch with that group of opponent.
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Stunning Own Goal from Grant Baseyby ojo_feliz
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