Barnet v Gillingham preview

Team news for Saturday's League Two clash between Barnet and Gillingham at Underhill.

Last Updated: 07/09/12 at 15:05   

Stephens: Set for Bees bow

Stephens: Set for Bees bow

Barnet could hand a debut to David Stephens.

The defender arrived on transfer deadline day last week from Hibernian but was not signed in time to face Rochdale on Saturday.

Striker Jon Nurse and goalkeeper Liam O'Brien will be checked over ahead of the clash.

Nurse missed the 2-0 defeat at Spotland after being diagnosed with concussion at York the week before and O'Brien was absent due to a groin problem sustained in training meaning former Arsenal keeper Graham Stack made his Bees debut.

Defender Danny Senda and striker Steve Kabba remain on the sidelines as they continue to recover from long-term knee injuries suffered last season.

Jack Payne, Myles Weston, Danny Kedwell and Matt Fish are all set to be fit as Martin Allen takes his Gillingham side to former employers Barnet.

Midfielders Payne (illness) and Weston (thigh) as well as striker Kedwell (hamstring) all missed Tuesday's Johnstone's Paint Trophy defeat at Crawley but have recovered in time for the weekend.

Defender Fish, meanwhile, was forced off after just 13 minutes nursing an Achilles complaint but is also expected to be okay.

Allen made six changes for the narrow 3-2 defeat to League One Crawley and faces plenty of selection decisions ahead of the trip to Underhill, although goalkeeper Stuart Nelson should return between the sticks.

Allen first managed Barnet between 2003 and 2004 before leaving to take over at Brentford.

He returned again in March 2011 on a deal until the end of the season but parted ways after just three games to take the reins at Notts County, before managing the Bees for a third time for the final three games of last season, although he was not kept on over the summer and was duly appointed in charge of the Gills.

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League Two Fixtures

Monday, 21 April 2014
13:00
Bristol R v Rochdale  
15:00
Dag + Red v Chesterfld  
Exeter v Torquay  
Fleetwood v Wycombe  
Hartlepool v Morecambe  
Mansfield v Cheltenham  
Newport v Burton Alb  
Northamptn v Portsmouth  
Plymouth v AFC W'don  
Scunthorpe v Oxford Utd  

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 43 25 77
2 Chesterfld 43 27 75
3 Rochdale 43 19 75
4 Fleetwood 43 14 72
5 Burton Alb 43 8 71
6 Southend 43 15 65
7 York City 43 9 64
8 Oxford Utd 43 7 62
9 Plymouth 43 -6 58
10 Bury 43 9 57
11 Dag + Red 43 -3 57
12 Mansfield 43 -6 57
13 Newport 43 -3 54
14 Portsmouth 43 -11 54
15 AFC W'don 43 -5 53
16 Cheltenham 43 -9 52
17 Accrington 43 -3 51
18 Morecambe 43 -14 50
19 Hartlepool 43 -5 49
20 Exeter 43 -6 49
21 Wycombe 43 -9 47
22 Bristol R 43 -10 47
23 Northamptn 43 -19 47
24 Torquay 43 -24 39

Updated Sat, 19 Apr 2014

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