TOWN will have five players walking a disciplinary tightrope in the heat of Saturday's crunch derby showdown at Barnsley.

Defenders Andy Holdsworth and Nathan Clarke, in-form midfielder Chris Brandon and striker Pawel Abbott will all go into action at Oakwell knowing they are within one caution of a one-match League I ban.

And midfielder and skipper Jon Worthington will serve a two-match suspension if he is cautioned again.

Worthy has already been hit by a one-game ban for reaching five cautions, and is now on nine, the last being in the 2-2 home draw with Bristol City.

Hitting double figures means a two-game suspension to kick in seven days later. Reaching five results in a one-match ban to be served a week later.

Defender Efe Sodje (twice) and midfielders Danny Schofield and Lee Fowler have all served bans after being sent off this season.

Fowler, red carded in the 2-1 win at Swindon on December 8, has been unable to force his way into the starting side since returning from his ban.

But he was a stand-out performer as the Reserves chalked up a third successive win by beating Grimsby 2-1 yesterday (report Page 46).

Out-of-favour duo Rob Edwards and Junior Mendes, with a penalty, netted as striker Andy Booth played 67 minutes of the match to push himself into contention for Barnsley.

The experienced 31-year-old has missed eight games since injuring an ankle.

The return of Booth and 17-goal top scorer Abbott, who missed Saturday's 1-1 draw with Torquay through illness, would be a major tonic.

James Hand is to join Town teammate Michael Collins in the Republic of Ireland Under 19 squad to face Italy twice next week.