Liam Hatch returns to Underhill as the Posh hit town!!

Last updated : 18 January 2008 By Jaybee

On Saturday, Barnet entertain Peterborough United in a match that sees the early return of Barnet legend, Liam Hatch to Underhill following his £150,000 move to London Road earlier this month. The Posh, who are managed by Darren Ferguson, son of the Manchester United manager, are currently 5th in the table following their 8-2 mauling of Accrington Stanley on Tuesday.

Last season, Barnet won 1-0 in the match at Underhill on Boxing Day with a goal from Adam Birchall. Earlier in the season, a Tresor Kandol goal gave the Bees a point at Peterborough. The previous season, Barnet won 2-1 at Underhill, again on Boxing Day, with goals from Ismail Yakubu and Dwane Lee. In the return, in March, the two teams shared the points in a 2-2 draw, with Barry Fuller and Andy Hessenthaler getting their first goals for the club.

Ashley Carew misses this match as he will be serving a one match suspension having received his fifth yellow card at MK Dons. New signing, Albert Adomah from harrow Borough looks likely to get a place on the bench, while Michael Leary who missed the trip to MK Dons because of suspension is likely to replace Carew. Jamie Day is doubtful for Peterborough, while defender Shane Blackett could be out for the next six weeks.

Let's look at the Posh squad.


Joe Lewis was signed in this January transfer window for a record £400,000 from Norwich City. Lewis had a successful loan spell earlier this season at Morecambe, where Bees fans will remember his outstanding performance on the opening day match at Christie Park.

James McKeown is a Republic of Ireland under 21 International who is yet to make his first team debut.


Shane Blackett was signed last season from Dagenham & Redbridge in the January transfer window.

Craig Morgan is a Welsh international who was signed last season from MK Dons. He was previously at Wrexham.

Adam Smith was signed last season from Southern League club, King's Lynn.

Kieran Charnock is another player to step up from non-league football. He was signed in the summer from Northwich Victoria where he was voted player of the year last season. He has also been capped by the England National Game XI, managed by Paul Fairclough. He was previously with Southport.

Claude Gnakpa was signed in the summer from Swindon Town.

Jeff Hughes was signed in the summer from Lincoln City where he was a first team regular last season. Hughes has found it hard to stake a regular place for the Posh. He can play in defence or midfield.


Charlie Lee was signed from Millwall in the summer, having previously played for Tottenham. Lee has scored 6 goals this season so far.

Dean Keates was signed from Walsall in the summer having helped the midland side to promotion from League Two. He was Walsall player of the year last season and was also named in the League Two team of the year. He has also played for Hull City, Kidderminster and Lincoln City.

Adam Newton has made over 200 first team appearances for the Posh since arriving from Leyton Orient five years ago. He has also played for West Ham, Notts. County and Portsmouth.

Jamie Day is a player who has come up through the youth system. Made his first team debut in 2004-05 and has now established his place in the first team. Day can also play at left back.

Chris Whelpdale signed in the summer from Blue Square South side, Billericay and is beginning to find himself a first team regular with 13 starts this season.

Micah Hyde signed for the Posh last season from Burnley. Hyde has Premiership experience with Watford for whom he made over 250 league appearances. He started his career at Cambridge United.

Josh Low signed last season from Leicester City, having previously been with Northampton Town, for whom he made over 200 first team appearances, Cardiff, Leyton Orient, Bristol Rovers and Farnborough.

Tommy Williams is in his third spell at Peterborough having signed from Wycombe recently. He has also played for Gillingham, Swansea City, Birmingham, West Ham, Barnsley and QPR.


Aaron McLean started his career at Leyton Orient but failed to gain a first team place and moved to Aldershot in the Conference. He then moved on to Grays Athletic before moving to Peterborough last season scoring 10 goals. This season he has already scored 22 times. Scored a hat trick in Peterborough's 8-2 win over Accrington in midweek.

George Boyd was a product of Stevenage Borough's youth system and was cpped by Paul Fairclough for the England National Game XI. Moved to London Road last season and has scored 10 goals for the Posh. Boyd scored a hat trick against Accrington in midweek.

Craig Mackail-Smith started his career at St. Albans before moving to Dagenham & Redbridge where he was capped for the England National Game XI. Moved to Peterborough last season and scored 8 goals in only 13 starts. This season he has already scored 15 goals.

Danny Crow is a former Norwich City player who has scored 26 goals in 65 starts for Peterborough. Crow lost his place in the side this season and went on loan to Notts. County where he, unfortunately, broke his leg on his debut.

Liam Hatch moved to Peterborough from Barnet in the January transfer window and will be returning to Underhill for the first time since his transfer. A much loved player at Barnet, he scored 31 goals for the club and helped the side win the Nationwide Conference Championship in 2005. Liam was capped by the England National Game XI and joined Barnet in 2003 from Gravesend.