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Preview | Hartlepool United (h)

15 March 2019

Vanarama National League – The Hive London – Saturday 16th March 2019 – KO: 15:00

After drawing 1-1 against FC Halifax Town on Tuesday night, Barnet will be hoping to go one better when they welcome Hartlepool United to The Hive London tomorrow afternoon.

Last Meeting:

The Bees will be looking for a bit of deja vu this weekend as they came out on top the last time these two sides met, winning 3-1 back in November.

They had to come from behind to clinch victory though as Peter Kioso opened the scoring with only 10 minutes on the clock. However, two goals in quick succession from Manny Duku turned the game on its head before Josh Walker made sure of the three points in stoppage time.

Manager: Craig Hignett

Craig Hignett was appointed Hartlepool boss for the second time in January after starting his managerial career at the Pools in 2016 in a spell that lasted just under a year.

Since his permanent appointment just under two months ago, he has overseen three wins in eight games and will be hoping to add a fourth tomorrow.

As a player, Hignett began his career at Crewe Alexandra where he would go on to make over 100 appearances for the club before doing it again at Middlesbrough from 1992 to 1998. Whilst at the latter, he won the Football League First Division whilst securing a runner-up medal in the FA Cup, League Cup and the First Division. He went on to play for Aberdeen and Barnsley before featuring over 50 times for Blackburn where he won the 2002 League Cup. He left for Cyprus in 2005 following stints at Coventry, Leicester, a return to Crewe, Leeds and Darlington to play for Apollon Limassol. He only lasted a year though and would return to England to join Spennymoor before a short spell at Hartlepool in 2007 where he hung up his boots.

One to Watch: Nicke Kabamba

Striker Kabamba joined the Pools in January on loan from Havant & Waterlooville and has already netted five goals, all coming within his first four games at the club.

However, the forward hasn’t scored in a month but he will be eager to end that drought tomorrow afternoon and the Bees back-line will have to be on top of their game if they are to keep him at bay.

Recent League Form:

Hartlepool, who sit 13th, have won once in their last five league games.

A goalless draw away at Ebbsfleet last month was followed up by a 2-1 defeat when they welcomed Bromley four days later. They had to settle for another draw in their next fixture when travelling to Sutton, this time the score ended 2-2. However, they returned to winning ways a week later, beating Dover Athletic 3-2 Victoria Park. They go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a defeat though having lost 4-2 away at Fylde on Tuesday night.

The Pools have also won six of their 19 games on the road this season and have bagged 47 goals, conceding 53.

Last 5 league games: DLDWL

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 0-0 Hartlepool United

16 March 2019

Barnet had to settle for another draw this weekend after their clash with Hartlepool United finished goalless.

The Bees made one change from the side who shared the points with Halifax Town on Tuesday night with Shaq Coulthirst returning from suspension to replace Dan Sparkes. As for the visitors, they brought in midfielder Liam Noble for Nicky Featherstone.

The first chance of the game fell to the Pools inside the first minute when Josh Hawkes struck from outside the box following a lovely piece of footwork, but his effort flew over the bar.

However, the Bees hit back soon after when Elliott Johnson’s corner was eventually cleared to the feet of Ephron Mason-Clark who struck from distance but couldn’t find the target.

The Bees should have taken the lead on 15 minutes when Dave Tarpey’s corner from the left found Dan Sweeney who headed wide of the post.

Fraser Kerr then picked up the first booking of the game for a strong tackle on Tarpey before Coulthirst blasted wide from the edge of the area with 20 minutes on the clock.

Kerr was in the thick of it again, firing from 35 yards out which forced Mark Cousins to make a strong save to prevent the ball arrowing into the top corner.

Just past the half-hour mark and Coulthirst had another chance to score, this time rising highest to head over Cheye Alexander’s cross.

Up the other end and the Pools had a real opportunity to break the deadlock when Hawkes pulled the trigger from distance, but his ambitious effort floated over too.

Alexander then did well to charge down the right flank before floating a delightful cross into Tarpey who volleyed over from close range.

It proved to be a positive first half for the Bees who enjoyed the better of the chances.

However, they found themselves on the back-foot in the early stages of the second period when Luke Molyneux tried to squeeze the ball into the near post only to be denied by Cousins.

Then moments later, the Hartlepool number 21 had another chance to rustle the net, this time blasting off target from the edge of the box.

Soon after, Mason-Clark did well to float a ball into the box before it was headed across goal to Coulthirst who couldn’t convert from close range.

Andre Boucaud then found some space before unleashing a driving effort just shy of the hour mark, forcing Loach to get down low and palm the ball away.

After a period of pressure from Barnet, the visitors went up the other end and found the net through Nicke Kabamba but it was chalked off for offside.

That proved to be the last chance of the game as both sides came away from The Hive London with a point under their belt.

The Bees are back in action on Tuesday night as we host Harrogate Town. 

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

BARNET UNUSED SUBS: Matrevics, Robson, Elito.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED: Loach, Kioso, Noble (Featherstone), Donaldson, Hawkes (Holohan), Kerr, Anderson, Molyneux, Kabamba, James, Edgar.


ATTENDANCE: 1,269 (235 Hartlepool)

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News | Get behind the Bees when they take on Hartlepool this weekend

15 March 2019

Barnet FC take on Hartlepool United this Saturday and we need you to get down to The Hive London and get behind the boys.

The Bees have been on the winning side of this fixture on each of the last three occasions, including a 3-1 win at Victoria Park back in November.

Our most recent meeting with Hartlepool at The Hive came in 2016, Barnet fighting back from two goals down to win 3-2, Shaun Batt with the winner.

Tickets are on sale in advance and on the day with prices for the Bee Army starting at just £10 for Adults and £1 for Under 17's.

Click here to show your support.

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