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Preview | Sutton United (h)

8 February 2019

Vanarama National League – The Hive London – Saturday 9th February 2019 – KO: 15:00

The Bees are back in league action this weekend when they welcome Sutton United to The Hive London on Saturday.

Darren Currie’s side go into the game off the back of a 3-1 defeat away to Brentford in the FA Cup fourth round replay on Tuesday night. Sergi Canos opened the scoring early on before Julian Jeanvier doubled the Championship side’s lead just after the half-hour mark. Neal Maupay made it 3-0 with 20 minutes to go before David Tutonda gave the travelling 1.6k Barnet fans something to cheer about moments later.

Last Meeting:

The last time these two sides met was back in 1991, Barnet clinching a 1-0 win at Underhill in the Conference fixture that day.

It proved to be a successful season for the Bees that campaign as they finished top on 87 points. However, it was a completely different story for Sutton who were relegated to the Isthmian League after finishing in 21st.

Manager: Paul Doswell

Paul Doswell has been at Sutton for over a decade now, making him the longest serving manager in England’s top five divisions.

He took charge of the U’s in 2008 after they were relegated to the Isthmian Premier League. Since then, Doswell has helped the club to two promotions, taking his side to the National League for the first time since 1999. During Sutton’s first season back in England’s fifth tier, they also reached the fifth round of the FA Cup, their greatest ever finish in the tournament. More records were broken last season too as Doswell guided Sutton to a third placed finish in the National League, their all-time highest league position as they clinched a play-off spot. However, they missed out on promotion to League Two after losing to Boreham Wood in the semi-final so this season, they’ll be hoping to go one better.

Before arriving at Sutton, he also enjoyed success with Eastleigh, guiding them to three successive promotions from the Wessex League to the Conference South.

One to Watch: Craig Eastmond

Craig Eastmond joined Sutton in 2015 and has gone on to be a very important asset to the team.

During his first season at the U’s, he helped his side to National League South play-off glory before picking up the club’s Player of the Year and Players Player of the Year award.

The midfielder has plenty of EFL experience under his belt too having played for Millwall, Colchester, Wycombe and Yeovil aswell as featuring for Arsenal in the Premier League.

Last season proved to be another successful one for Eastmond as he was named in the National League Team of the Season and he’ll be hoping for similar success at the end of this campaign.

For now though, his focus will be purely on helping the U’s clinch three points tomorrow.

Recent League Form:

Sutton, who sit sixth, five points off the top three, have won three times in their last five league games.

The U’s ended 2018 with a 2-1 home victory over Aldershot Town but began the New Year on the receiving end of the same score-line away at Bromley. However, they quickly returned to winning ways four days later, winning 2-1 again, this time at home to Harrogate. They then lost 3-2 to Eastleigh but go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a 1-0 win over Ebbsfleet.

As for their away form, Sutton have won six out of their 15 league games on the road so far this season.

Playing four more games than the Bees, Sutton have bagged 41 goals this season, 15 more than Barnet but have conceded more goals, letting in 34 in comparison to the 32 the Bees have let in.

Last 5 league games: WLWLW

Connections:

Byron Harrison spent the back end of the 2017-18 season on loan at Sutton from Barrow and scored four goals in 14 league games for the U’s.

As for Sutton, defender Aswad Thomas spent a short spell on loan at Barnet in 2008 from Charlton Athletic, making only two appearances for the club in League Two.

Midfielder Nicky Bailey began his senior career at Sutton before leaving in 2004 for the Bees where he made over 100 appearances for the club in three years and was part of the Conference winning squad of 2005. Fast forward eight years and he was back at Barnet but featured on only four occasions before re-joining Sutton in 2016.

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Report | Barnet FC 0-1 Sutton United

9 February 2019

The Bees fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to play-off chasers Sutton United at The Hive London on Saturday afternoon as they returned to league action.

A James Dobson free-kick in the first half proved to be the only goal of the game as the visitors walked away with maximum points.

Barnet made two changes to the team who lost to Brentford on Tuesday with Andre Boucaud and Ashley Charles coming in for Elliott Johnson and Wes Fonguck. Sutton also made a double switch from their last game, Craig Eastmond and Jamie Collins replacing Tom Bolarinwa and former Bee Aswad Thomas.

It proved to be a very quiet start to proceedings from both sides with neither side posing a real threat in the early stages. However, the Bees’ first chance came on 15 minutes when Medy Elito floated in a cross from the left flank but neither Shaq Coulthirst or Ephron Mason-Clark could get a head to it.

Moments later and the visitors were forced to make their first change of the game after Kenny Davis was forced off with injury, making way for Roarie Deacon.

After Dan Sweeney brought down Gime Toure on the wing, the following free-kick fell to Brett Williams who looped his effort wide from the edge of the box. Calls for the Barnet defender to be booked for the challenge were waved away but Sweeney did pick up a yellow soon after following another tackle on Toure.

The Bees had a great chance to open the scoring just past the half-hour mark when Mason-Clark’s dangerous low ball was cleared to the feet of Jack Taylor whose shot deflected over.

The missed opportunities proved costly as Sutton put their noses in front moments later. After being awarded a free-kick from 25 yards out, Dobson stepped up before bending it into the top right corner.

Toure then picked up a booking for blocking a quick Barnet free-kick before Boucaud joined him in the referee’s book following a challenge on Harry Beautyman inside the centre-circle.

The Bees were awarded a free-kick from just outside the area in the latter stages of first half stoppage time after a foul on Coulthirst but Taylor bent the resulting set piece over.

HT: Barnet 0-1 Sutton United

That free-kick proved to be Taylor’s last involvement in the game as he was replaced at half-time by Simeon Akinola.

The first chance of the second half fell to Sutton when Dale Bennett crossed the ball in from the right before Deacon rose highest but headed wide.

The Bees then had an opportunity to equalise three minutes later when Cheye Alexander cut inside before pulling the trigger on the edge of the box but he could only find the side netting.

Barnet continued to pile the pressure and it nearly paid off had Coulthirst’s shot from close range not deflected behind.

The Bees were awarded a corner just shy of the hour mark which was flicked goalwards by Akinola before finding Boucaud who volleyed just wide of the post.

A distraught looking Akinola was then forced off through injury just over 15 minutes after coming on, making way for Byron Harrison.

Moments later, Barnet had yet another chance to equalise after Coulthirst beat Ross Worner, who raced out of his goal, before trying his luck from a tight angle, hitting the side netting.

The Bees made their third and final change on 68 minutes when Fonguck replaced Mason-Clark.

Sutton should have doubled their lead when Williams did well to turn the defence before shooting low and hard, forcing Mark Cousins into a smart save.

Nicky Bailey, who played for the Bees in two separate spells, was then replaced by Bolarinwa with just over 15 minutes to go.

Soon after, Coulthirst attacked the Sutton defence before he was brought down right on the edge of the area. Charles stepped up and lifted the ball over the wall but it could only fall beyond the crossbar.

With four minutes left on the clock, Fonguck nearly snatched a point, curling a delightful effort from just inside the box but it was tipped over by Worner.

Coulthirst had another opportunity to score in stoppage time but his shot was saved at the near post.

Despite multiple second half chances for Barnet to equalise, Sutton managed to hold on and come away with all three points.

The Bees are back in action on Tuesday night as we host Carshalton Athletic in an FA Trophy replay at The Hive London.

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