Barnet v Cheltenham preview

Ross County are believed to have rejected an initial approach

from Premier League rivals Aberdeen for boss Derek Adams according

to media reports in Scotland.

The Dons made their first move for the highly-rated County

manager earlier this week, as they look for a replacement for Craig


It is believed the Staggies have rebuffed the initial approach,

but the club expects Aberdeen to make further enquiries for Adams –

who played for both teams.

Brown announced last week he would be retiring at the end of the

current season to take up a position on the Aberdeen board.

Adams still has a year left on his contract with Ross County and

Aberdeen will have to pay substantial compensation in order to get

their main target.

But Adams has impressed in his two spells at Victoria Park,

broken when he left to become Colin Calderwood’s assistant at

Hibernian in November 2011.

The previous May he led County to the Scottish Cup final, where

they lost to Dundee United, and his team could still finish second

in the league this season – their first in the top flight.

Barnet will again be without player-boss Edgar Davids.

The veteran Dutchman completes a two-match ban after his

sending-off against Accrington last weekend, his second red card of

the season.

Davids hopes to be able to welcome back fellow midfielder Ross

Jenkins and top scorer Jake Hyde after they also missed Tuesday

night’s 2-0 win over Fleetwood through illness.

On-loan MK Dons defender Tom Flanagan should keep his place

after making his full debut in midweek.

Steve Kabba remains sidelined by a knee problem and Ricky Holmes

is out for the rest of the season due to a foot injury, but fellow

forward Craig Beattie is pushing for a start after recently

recovering from a hamstring injury.

Cheltenham midfielder Jason Taylor is pushing for a recall to

the side after missing the victory over Rotherham.

The former Miller sat out the emphatic 3-0 win due to a

gentleman’s agreement with the club he left in the January transfer

window but he will hope to be involved against the Bees.

Midfielder Sam Deering is set to start again as he prepares to

return to Underhill for the first time since leaving the club last


And defender Michael Hector is set to partner Steve Elliott at

the heart of the Robins defence once more despite being one yellow

card away from a two-match suspension.

Mark Yates’ men head into the match just two points off the

automatic promotion places in League Two.