Match preview: Barnet (a)

The Spireites aim to bounce back from two successive defeats when they travel to bottom-of-the-table Barnet on Saturday (3pm). Here is our match preview in association with LV BET.

How to watch:

The game is available to stream on Barnet’s website at a cost of £12.50. You can find the stream via the link:


Manager: Paul Fairclough

Fact File: Age – 71

Years spent as footballer – ???

Position – Midfielder

Teams played for – Liverpool (?-?), Wigan Athletic (?-?), Witton Albion (?-?), Wealdstone (1975-1977 & 1981-1984), St Albans City (?-?) and Chestnut (1981-1982).

Years spent in management – 30

Teams managed – Hertford Town (1988-1990), Stevenage Borough (1990-1998 & 2000-2002), England C (2003-Present), Barnet (2004-2008) and Barnet Caretaker (2010, 2011, 2014 & 2021-Present).

Record against Chesterfield as manager – P3     W1     D0     L2

One to Watch: Michael Petrasso

Age: 25

Position: Winger

What other clubs has he played for? Queens Park Rangers (2013-2018), Oldham Athletic on loan (2013-2014), Coventry City on loan (2014), Leyton Orient on loan (2014), Notts County (2014-2015), Montreal Impact (2018), Ottawa Fury on loan (2018), Valour FC (2019) and York United (2020-Present).

This Season’s Stats in All Competitions:

Games Played: 18

Goals: Seven

Assists: None

Yellow Cards: One

Red Cards: None

Minutes Played: 1,247

Head to Head

The two sides have face each other 24 times in competitive fixtures, with Chesterfield holding the advantage with 11 wins and Barnet having nine victories of their own.

The most recent fixture saw the Spireites comfortably stroll to a 6-0 win at the Technique Stadium back in December with Akwasi Asante bagging a hat-trick.

Form Guide

The Blues have three victories and three defeats in their last six. James Rowe’s side will be looking to get back to winning ways after two successive losses.

Barnet have lost six and drawn once since their last win in the league, which was a 2-1 victory over Halifax Town.

Team News

Fraser Kerr and Gavin Gunning will both miss the game after picking up injuries against Sutton United.

From the dugout:

James Rowe: “I think it will be a different game to when they came here as they’ve shown against Bromley and Stockport.

“We are definitely going there to win the game and hopefully we’ll be on the coach with three points.”