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The Big Match Preview: Barnet

16 April 2017

All you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League Two meeting with Barnet at the Hive Stadium on Monday 17th April (k.o. 3pm).

Barnet vs Wycombe Wanderers
Monday 17th April 2017, k.o. 3pm 
The Hive Stadium, HA8 6AG
Referee: Gavin Ward


Wycombe head to Barnet on Easter Monday looking to get back to winning ways following the 0-1 Good Friday defeat to Mansfield at Adams Park.

Gareth's Ainsworth's side go into the game four points off the play-offs with four games left to play, and know they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they want to reach the top seven come the end of the season. The Wycombe boss stated that he thought four wins from four would do it, and that starts on Easter Monday at managerless Barnet.

The Bees parted company with their head coach Kevin Nugent on Saturday following the 2-1 defeat at Exeter City on Friday. Rossi Eames will take caretaker charge of the club for the game against the Chairboys with Barnet sitting in 16th position; nine points off relegation and 12 points off the play-offs with 12 points left to play for.

With seemingly nothing to play for this season and therefore looking to impress with an eye on the next, Barnet will play with freedom and will pose a threat to Wycombe. With a new manager comes a new lease of life, and Wanderers will have to be ready for that.

With injured players coming back into the fold at the right time for Wycombe there is belief that a strong finish is possible, and with fellow play-off hopefuls playing each other on Easter Monday (Cambridge vs Exeter, Carlisle vs Stevenage, Mansfield vs Luton) there is a chance for them to make up some real ground.

Head-to-Head
Wycombe have won 7 of the 21 meetings overall, with Barnet taking 6 wins and eight fixtures ending honours even.

Barnet left Adams Park 0-2 winners in the reverse fixture in October with Mauro Vilhete and John Akinde grabbing the goals, while last season's encounters resulted in 0-2 win for Wycombe at the Hive and a 1-1 draw at Adams Park. 

Man in the middle
Gavin Ward from Surrey will take charge of the game on Easter Monday. The last time he took charge of a game involving the Chairboys came back in February in a 1-2 home defeat to Crawley Town.

Ward has brandished 130 yellow cards and six reds in the 38 games he has refereed so far this season.

Tickets
Advance ticket sales ceased on Good Friday but tickets for the game will be available to purchase on the day of the game at the Hive at the following prices:

Adults: £23 
Concessions*: £14 
Juniors**: £5 

*Concessions are seniors aged 65+, and young adults aged 17-20 
**Juniors are ages 16 and under 

Travel
by Adrian Wood

Postcode: HA8 6AG

Recommended road directions
From Wycombe take the M40 towards London continuing on to Western Avenue / A40. At the Hanger Lane roundabout take the 2nd exit onto the North Circular Road A406. Take the 1st exit left at Staples Corner roundabout onto the A5 / Edgware Road. Follow the A5 for 3 miles. Turn left into Camrose Avenue, continue along this road and The Hive will be on your right just after the width restriction. 

Mileage from High Wycombe = 31

Recommended area for car parking
Barnet FC has on-site parking for up to 500 vehicles on a first-come, first-served basis at a cost of £5 on match days. However with only one exit available then expect some delays after the game. There is some street parking but nothing on Camrose Avenue. There are also 150 car parking spaces at Canons Park Tube Station.

Travelling by coach?
For those who booked to travel with the OWWSA coach, the bus will leave Adams Park at 12:30.

Using the train?
The nearest Underground station is Canons Parks on the Jubilee Line. It is around a 5 / 10 minute walk to the stadium. As you come out of the station turn left onto Whitchurch Lane. Cross over the road and you will come to some metal railings where there is an entrance to some playing fields which you can walk through to the ground. This brings you out at the North Terrace End of the stadium which is reserved for away fans.

Facilities for away fans
The ground capacity is 6,418 * with seating for 5,318. Visiting supporters are housed in the new North Stand at one end, where just fewer than 1,900 fans can be seated. This was opened for the visit of Leyton Orient on October 1st 2016, and replaced the North Terrace that had been in place since the Hive opened. The stand does not have any supporting pillars to impede your view and the facilities within the stadium are excellent. Away supporters have their own bar located behind the stand. The main telephone number at the stadium is 020 8381 3800.

* Interestingly it was a condition of the local planning permission when the Hive was first built that no more than 5,176 fans would be allowed to attend a match. This condition is still in place today.

Facilities around the ground
The nearest pub is Moranos on Station Road, a short walk from Canons Park Station (come out of the station, turn right and it is in the row of shops further down on the right). This Irish themed wine bar is quite comfortable and has a number of large TV screens. It is about a 10 minute walk to the away turnstiles, cutting through the playing fields (see Using the train? above). Close to Kingsbury Tube Station there is a Wetherspoons pub called JJ Moons. If travelling on the Jubilee Line from Central London, then Kingsbury is only two stops before Canons Park. As mentioned above, away fans do have their own bar within the stadium.

Can't make it?
Live commentary will be available on Chairboys PlayerHD and the FLi Player app. Alternatively you can follow regular updates on our Twitter account - @wwfcofficial. Also keep an eye on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat for more content. 

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