Date: 10th August 2007 at 9:08pm
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Barnet’s first game of the season is finally hear, and will be ready to walk out to a bumper-croud at Morecambe for the hosts’ first game in the Football League.

Vital Quotes:

Paul Fairclough will have to make a decision on who to play in goal. First-choice Lee Harrison has missed most of pre-season with his backup Rob Beckwith deputising in friendlies and keeping three clean sheets. ‘We’ve got a decision to make now,’ Fairclough told BBC London Radio.

‘Rob Beckwith’s come in and he’s had three clean sheets and done well. He’s been improving all the time.’

‘I’m sure we’ll make the right decision.’

Morecambe Team News:

Matt Blinkhorn is recovering from surgery whilst winger Garry Thompson is a big doubt for the League debutants.

Joe Lewis, the massive goalkeeper signed from Norwich, is given a debut.

Likely Lineup (4-4-2):

GK: Lewis

RB: Yates
CB: Bentley
CB: Artell
LB: Adams

RM: Hunter
CM: Sorvel
CM: Baker
LM: Burns

ST: Newby
ST: Twiss

Subs: Drench, Curtis, Grand, Stanley, Howard

Player to watch: Michael Twiss – Striker

The experienced ex-Manchester United academy player has had hugely successful spells with Chester and his current club, attracting higher league bids last season. He was Morecambe’s top goalscorer and will definately cause Barnet’s defence problems for 90 minutes.

Barnet Team News:

Lee Harrison has recovered from his hamstring injury to return to training this week is available for selection, with Robert Beckwith challenging the goalkeeping position.

Giuliano Grazioli is the only player definately out with his knee problem, and he will return to training next week. Minor mid-week injuries for Joe Devera with a groin problem, Neal Bishop who suffered stomach pain and Liam Hatch who had a heel injury have been wiped clear, with all three available to play.

Competative debuts will be given to Bishop, Sagi Burton, Michael Leary, Anthony Thomas and Ashley Carew.

Likely Lineup (4-4-2):

GK: Harrison

RB: Devera
CB: Yakubu (c)
CB: Burton
LB: Nicolau

RM: Carew
CM: Bishop
CM: Leary
LM: Puncheon

ST: Birchall
ST: Thomas

Subs: Beckwith, Cole, Seanla, Porter, Hatch

Player to watch: Neal Bishop – Central-Midfielder

Been improving with each match in pre-season and will look to get revenge on the team who prevented his ex-club York gaining promotion.

Match Facts & Stats

Match Prediction:

Morecambe 1 – 1 Barnet

Next Fixtures:

vs Norwich (away) – Carling Cup First Round