The Pirates are at Underhill on FA Cup 4th round day

Last updated : 25 January 2008 By Jaybee

This Saturday sees League One, Bristol Rovers come to Underhill for the 4th round FA Cup tie, following both clubs wins in midweek replays against higher league opposition. Bristol Rovers defeated Premiership, Fulham on penalties after the match had ended 0-0 after extra time, while the Bees defeated another League One side in Swindon Town also on penalties after the match ended 1-1. Barnet, having reached the 4th round for the first time in their history last season, are looking to reach the last 16 of the competition for the first time.

The Pirates, who are managed by Paul Trollope, are currently 18th in the table just 3 points above the drop zone. In their last league match, Rovers drew 1-1 at home to Walsall, Craig Disley scoring. Rovers have a mixed bag of results away from home in the league this season having won five and lost five of their 13 away matches so far this season. It is their home form that has let them down though, as they have only won twice at home in the league all season.

Since the Bees regained their league place in 2005, they have yet to defeat Rovers. Indeed in 9 meetings, Barnet have failed to ever defeat the West Country side. The two clubs mat at Underhill on the first day of the season following Barnet's promotion from the Conference and drew 1-1, Richard Graham scoring the Bees' goal. In the return match, Rovers won 2-1 with Ben Strevens scoring for Barnet. Last season, Rovers won 2-0 at the Memorial Stadium, while the return at Underhill, late in the season, ended in a 1-1 draw, Jason Puncheon scoring for the Bees.

The last time the two clubs met in the FA Cup was in 1983-84 when the Pirates won 3-1 in a replay after the original match at Underhill was drawn 0-0. Nicky Evans scored the Barnet goal.

Meanwhile, Barnet have signed 18 year old winger, Kieron St. Aimee from QPR. The 6ft 1" winger has played on loan with Oxford United this season and is cup tied with them so will not be available for any FA Cup matches. Albert Adomah, the recent signing form Harrow Borough, is also cup tied.

Ashley Carew has completed his suspension, which meant he missed the Swindon match and is available for the Bristol rovers match as is Josh Wright, who was not eligible for the match having not been registered before the original tie. Michael Leary, who was sent off against Swindon, starts his 3 match suspension and misses out.

For the Pirates, Craig Disley, Byron Anthony and Lewis Haldene are fit again and hoping for at least a place on the Rovers' bench, but Steve Elliott will; be out for at least 6 weeks, following his injury in the FA Cup tie against Fulham in midweek.