Grimsby come to Underhill

Last updated : 02 January 2009 By Jaybee

Barnet entertain Grimsby Town tomorrow with Ian Hendon taking the managerial reins for the first time following the resignation of Paul Fairclough. The match is a crucial game with Barnet in 21st and Grimsby in 22nd place in the League Two table. Barnet are five points clear of Grimsby thanks to Sunday's welcome 2-0 win at Bournemouth following 13 matches without a win. Grimsby went down 3-1 at Accrington with on loan striker, Adam Proudlock scoring. The Mariners have won just one match in the last seven games, a 1-0 victory of promotion chasing, Shrewsbury Town but boss, Mike Newell will be anxious that his side do not fall too far behind the Bees.

Bournemouth, who are seven points behind Grimsby Town and twelve below the Bees, have a very difficult away trip to Darlington tomorrow. The Cherries have parted with their manager, Jimmy Quinn, who has only been at the club for four months. Darlington are just outside the play-off places and will be expecting to win and move up the table and increase their chances of promotion.

Meanwhile, Luton Town are still bottom despite winning 3-2 at home to Lincoln City and the Hatters are away at Chester tomorrow. Luton will have made up the whole 30 points that were deducted from them if they gain at least a point at Chester.

Barnet have Michael Leary back in contention for a place in midfield after he missed the match at Bournemouth and Neal Bishop is back earlier than expected after a consultant ruled that he is fit for tomorrow's game after missing the last two games with a hairline fracture to his cheek. However, Joe Devera is not likely to return until the away game at Bury at the earliest.

It will be interesting to see the team that Hendon selects for his debut as manager. On loan defender, Abu Ogogo played well in central midfield alongside Max Porter at Bournemouth and Hendon may want to play a similar side to the team that played on Sunday. However, he may not want to play a 4-5-1 formation at home and may play Albert Adomah, rumoured to be the target of a number of clubs including Sheffield United and Plymouth, may be pushed up front to play alongside John O'Flynn, but with the game being Hendon's first as manager we will just have to wait and see what playing formation and line up he uses.

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