Swindon Cup Replay is ON at last!!!

Last updated : 22 January 2008 By Jaybee

This Tuesday, Barnet return to the FA Cup with a home third round replay against League One side, Swindon Town having drawn 1-1 at the County Ground on the 5th January. A second half, Adam Birchall equaliser gained the Bees the draw which sees Barnet take on higher league opposition for the second time in this campaign. The prize awaiting the winners is a home draw against either Bristol rovers or Premiership club, Fulham on 26th January.

Last season, the two sides met in League Two with both sides winning their home matches. Swindon came from behind to win 2-1 in August after Nicky Bailey had put the Bees ahead and Oliver Allen scored the only goal of the game to help Barnet take all three points in the return at Underhill in February.

Bees' central midfielder, Michael Leary returns to the side after missing the 1-0 win at MK Dons on Saturday through a one match suspension. He will replace Josh Wright who cannot play as he was not registered for the club at the time of the initial match at Swindon. Manager, Paul Fairclough has to decide whether to stick to the 4-5-1 formation that has seen Barnet get solid away draws at Wycombe and Swindon and a fine away win at MK Dons or revert to a more attacking 4-4-2 formation at home, perhaps bringing in Adam Birchall to start instead of Ashley Carew, who is suspended and misses the game.

Vice captain, Sagi Burton could make a surprise return after his long absence through injury with a place on the bench. In his absence, Joe Devera continues at centre back alongside Ismail Yakubu, with Max Porter remaining at right back. Joe O'Ceaurill misses out and will be on the bench. Barnet's new 6 ft 1" signing from Harrow Borough, winger Albert Adomah is cup tied.

Swindon defeated Nottm Forest 2-1 at the County Ground in League One on Saturday, a result that leaves the Robins 11th in the table. Both Swindon's goals were own goals. The match at Underhill will see the unveiling of their new manager, Maurice Malpas. Malpas was formerly boss at SPL club, Motherwell who he left in the summer.

Malpas will hope that striker, Lee Peacock is fit. Peacock, who scored 10 goals to help the Robins gain promotion from League Two last season, is suffering from a calf strain, while Barry Corr, who has scored 5 goals this season, returns after suspension. Defenders Hasney Aljofree and Jack Smith are both fit again after injury. New signings Anthony McNamee, Patrick Kanyuka and Moses Ashikodi are all cup tied.

Tonight's match sees the opening of Barnet's new South stand and the new North Stand for visiting fans. These new provisions bring the ground up to the level required by the football league and so, finally, secure Barnet's immediate future at Underhill.