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02 March 2019 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

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Preview | Barrow (h)

1 March 2019

Vanarama National League – The Hive London – Saturday 2nd March 2019– KO: 15:00

The Bees welcome Barrow to The Hive London tomorrow afternoon as they aim to bounce back from Tuesday night’s 2-0 defeat at home to Chesterfield.

Last Meeting:

It was a day to remember for Barnet the last time these two sides met. Manny Duku and Wes Fonguck found the net as the Bees won 2-0 at Holker Street earlier on in the season.

Manager: Ian Evatt

Ian Evatt took charge of Barrow in the summer following a short stint as caretaker boss at Chesterfield.

The former defender played over 250 times in two spells for The Spireites before occupying the managerial role at the back end of last season. He was also in charge of the side that lost 3-0 to the Bees in the final game of the campaign. Evatt was captain of the club and even picked up the Player of the Season award after the 2003-04 season. He also ended the final season of his first spell claiming the SIFA Player of the Season Award whilst just missing out on the CFSS Player of the Season Award.

After beginning his playing career at Derby County, Evatt went on to play for Northampton and QPR before signing for Blackpool where he was part of their Championship promotion side of 2010.

One to Watch: Jacob Blyth

Striker Jacob Blyth joined Barrow in the summer and has been in and out of the Bluebirds squad in his debut season at the club.

The 26-year-old has found goals hard to come by this campaign having only bagged two but he will be hoping to add to his tally tomorrow afternoon.

Blyth can also use his EFL experience to his advantage having played for the likes of Northampton, Burton Albion, Notts County, Cambridge and Blackpool.

Recent League Form:

Barrow, who sit 12th in the table, have only won once in their last five league games, settling for a draw in their other four fixtures.

The Bluebirds claimed two 0-0 draws at home to Halifax Town and away at Chesterfield respectively before the points were shared again when drawing 1-1 with Bromley in their next game. However, they returned to winning ways a week later when they beat Sutton United 1-0 but go into tomorrow’s game off the back of another 0-0 draw, this time at home to Ebbsfleet.

As for their away form, Barrow have won five of their 17 matches on the road this season. They have also scored 34 times, conceding 35.

Last 5 league games: DDDWD


Byron Harrison joined Barnet in the summer after leaving Barrow at the end of last season. The striker signed for the Bluebirds in 2016 following his release from Chesterfield and went on to make over 60 appearances, scoring 32 goals.

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 3-1 Barrow

2 March 2019

Barnet returned to winning ways after beating Barrow 3-1 at The Hive London on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Elliott Johnson, Shaq Coulthirst and an own goal sealed the victory despite Kyle Jameson pulling one back late on.

The Bees made three changes from the side who lost to Chesterfield in mid-week; Cheye Alexander, Andre Boucaud and Jack Barham coming in for Simeon Akinola, Harry Taylor and Ashley Charles. Barrow also made a triple switch to their starting line-up after their 0-0 draw with Ebbsfleet last time out as Connor Brown, Jacob Blyth and Kyle Jennings all received the nod.

Darren Currie’s side took the lead with only four minutes on the clock after a dangerous cross found Johnson at the far post and the full-back poked home from close range.

After a quiet spell, the Bees then had a chance to double their lead 14 minutes later after Medy Elito played in a dangerous ball to Barham whose effort from close range rolled past the post.

Moments later and Coulthirst tried to add his name on the score-sheet, firing from just inside the box but his shot was comfortable enough for Joel Dixon to catch.

The Bees had another chance with just over five minutes left of the first period as Wes Fonguck fired in a low cross which was dragged wide by Barham.

Up the other end and Barrow had an opportunity to equalise after Dior Angus cut inside before blasting just over Mark Cousins’ goal.

Prior to the three minutes of added time, Barnet produced more attacking threat ending in Andre Boucaud floating in a delightful cross which was headed into the side-netting by Coulthirst.

The Barnet number 10 then saw his effort from distance deflect out for a corner, proving to be the final chance of a brilliant first half for the Bees.

Barnet began the second period just how they ended the first, on the front foot. Coulthirst did well to deliver a dangerous cross, missing the head of Barham before Alexander was there to pick it up, shooting into the hands of Dixon.

Barnet were at it again when Elito pulled the trigger from distance, forcing a strong diving save from Dixon to tip the ball over.

The Bees did eventually have their second on the hour mark when a ball was played through to Coulthirst by Barham who buried it into the bottom left corner.

The forward latched onto another ball soon after before he was appeared to be brought down. However, the referee waved all penalty claims away.

It didn’t matter though as the Bees did have their third moments later when Fonguck’s cross was turned into the back of his own net by Dan Jones.

After two great saves from Cousins, the second resulting corner fell to Jameson who was on hand to tap home from close range.

Despite late pressure from the visitors, the Bees managed to hold on and claim three very important points.

BARNET: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Robson (c), Coulthirst (Mason-Clark), Boucaud, Fonguck, Elito (H.Taylor), Sweeney, Barham.

UNUSED SUBS: Matrevics, Harrison, Akinola.

BARROW: Dixon, Brown, Jones (c), Rooney, Blyth, Kay (Hindle), Angus (Turner), Hardcastle, Barthram (Molyneux), Jameson, Jennings.

UNUSED SUBS: Burgess, Sloan.

ATTENDANCE: 1022 (102 Barrow)

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