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MATCH PREVIEW: BARNET v LUTON TOWN

All the info ahead of tomorrow's trip to The Hive, 3pm kick-off

11 August 2017

The Hatters look to build on the record-breaking opening day win over Yeovil tomorrow when they make the short trip to Barnet for the second game of the Sky Bet League Two campaign.

Nathan Jones and his side suffered their first defeat of the campaign in midweek, going down 2-0 to Championship side Ipswich Town in the Carabao Cup.

But the Town chief was delighted by how his team played against their second-tier opponents, however, and will be hoping the good performances continue in north London as we return to league action at the ground where Olly Lee - who this week became a dad for the first time - netted the winner against his former club on our last visit in April.

 

THE GAFFER SAYS:

On the health of the squad: “We came through Tuesday’s game with Ipswich unscathed and we’ll have one or two coming back, so we should be not far off full strength. Dan Potts and Isaac Vassell both trained today (Thursday) so providing they don’t have any adverse reaction then they will be in the squad.

“James Justin and Danny Hylton both trained fully today and we did a practise match with the youth team to give them a few more minutes and opened up play. They’ve trained well. Hylts is a bit frustrated because he wants to be 100 miles an hour all the time, but he’s in a good place and we are. It’s a decision as to whether we pop them in the squad for the weekend, or they’ll be available for the Tuesday game in the Checkatrade Trophy.

“Providing there’s no adverse reactions, they’ll get minutes on Tuesday night – that’s the game we’ve earmarked for them – but they have both trained for two weeks now, so it’s a fine line whether we are holding them back, or just letting them go slightly early. We’ll gauge that and probably put them in the squad and see where we are.

“Lawson D’Ath has just getting a bit of pain in his leg, but there’s been no fracture, so that’s a positive. He’s got a little bit of bruising that needs to go.”

On building on last week’s great start: “We want to continue that momentum now. Barnet are in good form. They’ve had a very good pre-season – my mate rang me up and said ‘Look, without being disrespectful, these will be surprise packages’, so it’ll be a difficult game. We know that, they are in good form. They have a number of individuals who can hurt you, but collectively they are in good shape at the minute and we know we are going to have to be right at it – but so are Barnet.”

On the potential for there to be 2,400 Hatters at The Hive after 600 extra tickets were released earlier in the week: “That’s crazy. We talk about environments and Championship clubs and stuff, and that would be right at the top end of the Championship away following. I know it’s local, but still, that’s absolutely phenomenal. It doesn’t shock me.”

iFollow Hatters subscribers can see the gaffer's press conference from yesterday here

  

WHO?

Barnet are in their third season back in the EFL after succeeding the Hatters as Conference champions in 2014-15, and will be hoping to improve on last term’s 15th place finish.

They are now managed on a permanent basis by the youngest manager in the EFL in Rossi Eames. The 32-year-old had two spells as caretaker last season, first after Martin Allen left to join Eastleigh last December, and then again to the end of the season after they parted company with ex-Hatters assistant Kevin Nugent in April.

The Bees started the season with a point at Forest Green last week, fighting back from 2-0 down to earn a 2-2 draw, then they shocked League One Peterborough in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night, winning 3-1 at London Road to book a second round trip to Premier League new-boys Brighton.

 

WHEN AND WHERE?

Kick-off is at 3pm tomorrow at The Hive, Camrose Avenue, London HA8 6AG.

Barnet have issued the following information for us to share with travelling Town fans:

‘Barnet FC are looking forward to welcoming the travelling Hatters this Saturday to The Hive London.

Luton Town fans will be situated in the North Stand and some will be in the West Stand, but no matter where you are located, you will have access to a bar.

Those in the North Stand will have access to Bar 66, the newest bar at The Hive, and those in the West Stand will be able to use the Jubilee Bar. Both bars will be showing the live lunchtime Premier League game.

The tea huts in these sections will also be open serving a range of hot and cold food and drinks.

The bars, tea huts, turnstiles and away ticket office (located behind the North Stand) will all be open from 12:30.

The car park at the stadium will be open, costing £5 per car. The Hive London is also a 10 minute walk from Canons Park Station on the Jubilee Line and directions are clearly signposted.

We hope you enjoy your brief stay in North London and wish you a safe trip to and from the game.’

 

TICKET PRICES?

Prices are as follows for the ALL TICKET game:

Adult: £25 West Stand (all 1,800 tickets in the North Stand have sold out)

Seniors (65+): £14

Young Person (18-21): £14

Junior (Under 17): £5

All Disabled/Ambulant tickets need to be purchased directly from Barnet, who you can contact on 020 8381 3800.

You can purchase tickets from the ticket office in person, over the phone on 01582 416976 or online, which you can access by clicking here.

 

LAST TIME WE PLAYED?

The Hatters completed a league double over the Bees last season, with Alan Sheehan, Cameron McGeehan and Alex Gilliead on target in a 3-1 home win on New Year’s Eve, then Olly Lee struck the only goal against his former club when we travelled to The Hive in early April. Overall we’ve met Barnet on eight occasions, winning six and suffering defeat once.

 

FOLLOW THE ACTION

If you're not able to make it to The Hive tomorrow, follow the Hatters' Twitter feed on @LutonTown. iFollow Hatters subscribers based in the UK can tune in for Simon Pitts' full match commentary, whilst subscribers abroad will be able to watch the game live providing they have a season or match pass.

 

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MATCH REPORT: BARNET 1 LUTON TOWN 0

Last-gasp Bees winner inflicts first league defeat of the season on Town

12 August 2017

The Hatters suffered their first defeat of the Sky Bet League Two season at The Hive as Barnet grabbed an injury-time winner to take all three points from a game of few chances this afternoon.

Home goalkeeper Jamie Stephens proved a key man in preventing Town left-back Dan Potts opening his account for the campaign when his first-half header was tipped onto the crossbar.

Then, after substitute Jack Taylor had curled in the 91st-minute goal that finally broke the deadlock, the home stopper proved equal to a header from Elliot Lee, acrobatically tipping the Town sub’s effort over the bar and into the travelling contingent of around 2,000 Hatters who made up more than half of the 3,555 crowd.

Manager Nathan Jones had gone with exactly the same starting XI that had beaten Yeovil 8-2 last Saturday, with the only change to the 18-man squad being new signing Harry Cornick coming onto the bench in place of Jack Senior.

Marek Stech was in goal with a back four of Jack Stacey, Scott Cuthbert, Alan Sheehan and Potts, a midfield made up of Alan McCormack, Pelly-Ruddock Mpanzu, Olly Lee - who scored the winner here last year against his old club - and Andrew Shinnie, with James Collins and Isaac Vassell as the front two.

Barnet started brightly, Jamal Campbell-Ryce tricking his way past Olly Lee to deliver a dangerous cross that Potts did well to head behind, but it was the Hatters who had the first sight of goal after a quarter-of-an-hour, McCormack picking up the loose ball in the centre circle and spreading it wide right to Vassell, who combined with Stacey to tee Mpanzu up for a 20-yard shot that went just wide.

Two minutes later and only a flying save from Stephens and the woodwork prevented the Town taking the lead, Potts meeting Sheehan’s left-wing corner with a firm header that the home stopper diverted onto the bar.

The Town were soon forced into a change, with skipper Cuthbert staying down injured after dealing with the threat of Shaquile Coulthirst trying to get onto a long ball over the top. Glen Rea came on at centre-half with Sheehan taking the armband.

The change didn’t seem to affect the growing control Jones’ side were exerting on the game, more good build-up play down the right ending with Shinnie’s left-foot shot flying well wide.

Sheehan had a free-kick deflected over just before the half-hour, after Mpanzu had been brought down right on edge of box, then the centre-half’s corner found its way to his fellow Irishman McCormack, whose shot from 20 yards went the wrong side of the post.

Barnet, who had already lost left wing-back Elliott Johnson in the opening five minutes to injury, then had to replace right-sided centre-half Harry Taylor with his brother, Jack, as the casualty list grew.

Save for a free-kick that Mauro Vilhete stood up to the far post, with Potts proving his worth in an aerial capacity once more by heading clear, the Hatters were still making all the running – Mpanzu to getting to the left byline just before half-time and curling a cross to Vassell, who couldn’t quite get the ball under control to get his shot away.

Goalless at the break, the hosts came out quickly again with Campbell-Ryce flashing a shot across the face of the Town goal that drew a gasp from the home crowd, but bounced off the corner flag for a goal-kick.

Potts then got his head on another corner, this time from Olly Lee, but his 49th-minute header looped wide of the post.

Stech had been a virtual spectator for most of the opening 55 minutes, but the Czech keeper had to be alert to keep out Campbell-Ryce’s low shot from the edge of the box, then get down low to gather Vilhete’s effort after the resulting corner was half-cleared.

A free-kick from wide on the left, delivered by Olly Lee, caused consternation in the Barnet box just before the hour when Shinnie’s flick went high in the air, but referee Kevin Johnson penalised Potts for his challenge on keeper Stephens as Rea lashed the loose ball over the bar.

McCormack started a sweeping 68th-minute move down the left that saw Potts send Collins racing into the penalty area, but the striker’s cross-shot flew through the six-yard box and out for a throw by the tunnel.

Jones made his second substitution with 20 minutes to go, bringing Jordan Cook on in place of Shinnie, but it was another midfielder – Mpanzu – who earned the visiting supporters’ applause for a surging run into the left corner five minutes later.

Rea went into ref Johnson’s notepad for a foul on Jack Taylor with just under ten minutes to go, then Potts produced a perfectly timed tackle in the box to prevent Vilhete as the Bees’ left-back prepared to pull the trigger after good work from Taylor on the left.

Elliot Lee was thrown on with a minute to go, Vassell the man replaced, but it was Barnet who got the vital breakthrough as we entered injury-time, Taylor picking up the loose ball after McCormack appeared to have been fouled, and curling around Stech from the edge of the box.

The Hatters attempted to find a way back, Potts seeing a shot blocked and Elliot Lee meeting Sheehan’s left-wing corner with the thumping header that Stephens turned over the bar.

But that proved the final opportunity as ref Johnson blew his whistle just as Mpanzu prepared to shoot when Sheehan’s next delivery was half-cleared, bringing a disappointing afternoon to a close for the Town.

 

TOWN: Stech, Stacey, Cuthbert © (Rea 20), Sheehan, Potts, McCormack, Mpanzu, O Lee, Shinnie (Cook 70), Collins, Vassell (E Lee 89). Subs: Mullins, Cornick, Gambin, Shea

Yellow: Rea

BARNET: Stephens, Johnson (Clough 5), Santos, Nelson ©, Weston (70), Campbell-Ryce, Coulthirst, Tutonda, H Taylor (J Taylor 36), Vilhete, Akpa Akpro. Subs: Ross (GK), Akinola, Bover, Amaluzor

Yellows: J Taylor, Campbell-Ryce

GOAL: J Taylor 90+1

 ATT: 3,555

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Ticket News

TOWN TICKET NEWS: BARNET

The Hatters head to North London for their first away game of the season

24 July 2017

The Hatters have received an allocation of 1,800 seated tickets for their Sky Bet League Two game against Barnet at The Hive on Saturday 12th August.

Tickets will be on sale to Diamond season ticket holders at two-per-person until close of business on Saturday 29th July.

Season ticket holders will be able to purchase one ticket from 6pm on Saturday 29th July online using their individual client reference numbers.

They will be available from Monday 31st July from the Ticket Office via phone on 01582 416976 or in person until close of business on Saturday 5th August.

Tickets will be available on general sale online from 6pm on Saturday 5th August.

They will be available directly from the Ticket Office by phone or in person from Monday 7th August.

Tickets will remain on sale – subject to availability – until 3pm on Friday 11th August.

Supporters who have an away season ticket will automatically receive one ticket, which will be processed on Friday 28th July.

If any additional tickets are required (diamond season ticket holders only) or you do not require a ticket for this fixture please advise to ticketoffice@lutontown.co.uk before this date.

Prices are as follows for the ALL TICKET game:

Adult: £23
Seniors (65+): £14
Young Person (18-21): £14
Junior (Under 17): £5

All Disabled/Ambulant tickets need to be purchased directly from Barnet, who you can contact on 020 8381 3800.

 

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