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Preview | Leyton Orient (h)

29 March 2019

Vanarama National League – The Hive London – Saturday 30th March 2019 – KO: 15:00

Barnet will be looking to extend their unbeaten run to six games when they host table toppers Leyton Orient tomorrow afternoon.

The Bees will be going into the game in high spirits after beating Aldershot Town 2-0 at The Hive London on Tuesday night as they also clinched their fourth successive clean sheet. Ephron Mason-Clark opened the scoring in the early stages of the second half before Shaq Coulthirst produced a wonderful strike to ensure the three points with five minutes to go.

Last Meeting:

It proved to be a day to forget for the Bees in their last meeting with the O’s earlier on in the season as they lost 3-1 at Brisbane Road. Wes Fonguck cancelled out Josh Coulson’s 11th minute opener as both sides entered half-time level pegging. However, it would be Orient who came away with maximum points thanks to second half goals from James Dayton and Macauley Bonne.

Manager: Justin Edinburgh

This season marks Justin Edinburgh’s second in the Orient dug-out and with his side sitting top of the pile, what a season he is having.

The O’s were three points above the relegation zone when he took charge over a year ago but the former defender managed to guide his side to a 13th placed finish come the end of the season.

Edinburgh began his managerial career as a player-coach at Billericay Town in 2003. However, he left his position after just under three years to take charge of semi-professional outfit Fisher Athletic.

During his short spell at the club, he managed to guide them to Isthmian League play-off glory at the end of the 2005-06 season. However, he left after the opening three months of the next campaign.

Grays Athletic was his next destination. Edinburgh joined the side as assistant manager in December 2006 before taking charge himself just one month later. He left The Gravelmen in 2008 before joining Woking, taking up an assistant manager role yet again in a spell that lasted one month.

In October 2008, he became Garry Hill’s number two at Rushden & Diamonds before becoming caretaker manager four months later. He was given the job permanently in April 2009 and guided the side to the Conference Premier play-off semi-finals. Edinburgh left the club in 2011 with the club going into administration.

The Orient boss then went on to claim a runner-up medal in the 2011-12 FA Trophy with Newport County. The following season saw him guide the club to Conference play-off triumph, securing promotion to the Football League. He also claimed the division’s Manager of the Year award for that campaign. Edinburgh helped Newport to a 14th place finish in League Two the following year but left the club the season after with the Exiles in sixth place. He departed Newport for League One side Gillingham but faced the chop just under two years later.

Before arriving at The O’s, Edinburgh was in charge of Northampton Town in a spell that lasted only seven months.

As for his playing career, it started at Southend United where he was part of the side who went on to clinch promotion in the Football League Fourth Division in 1990.

After a short spell on loan at Tottenham, he joined the club permanently in July 1990. Edinburgh won the FA Cup in 1991 before becoming a League Cup champion eight years later. He spent a decade at the London side, making over 200 league appearances.

He then joined Portsmouth in 2000 on loan before penning a permanent deal later that year. He was a Pompey player for three years before departing for Billericay Town.

One to Watch: Macauley Bonne

Striker Macauley Bonne will be going into tomorrow’s game in high spirits after ending his six-game goal drought on Tuesday night, scoring in Orient’s 2-0 win over Fylde.

The 23-year-old, who netted in our last meeting with the O’s, has gone on to become a goal machine since arriving at Brisbane Road in 2017 and he’s only getting better. Last season, Bonne bagged 22 goals and one more this campaign will see him surpass that tally.

The forward has played as high as League One and will promise to be hard work for the Barnet back-line to deal with tomorrow afternoon.

Recent League Form:

Orient, who fly high at the top of the table, are unbeaten since mid-February and haven’t tasted defeat in their last five league games.

A 2-1 victory away at Havant & Waterlooville at the start of the month was quickly followed up by a 3-2 win away at Barrow three days later. They clinched all three points in their next game too, beating fellow promotion chasers Wrexham 1-0. Aldershot were their next opponents and it was a similar story, winning 2-1 at the EBB Stadium. They go into tomorrow’s game off the back of another victory, this time recording a 2-0 win over Fylde on Tuesday.

Orient have also bagged 63 goals this season whilst conceding the least amount of goals in the league with 28. As for their away form, they have won 10 out of their 19 matches on the road this season.

Last 5 league games: WWWWW

Connections:

Whilst at Tottenham, Shaq Coulthirst was sent out on loan to Orient on a one-month deal in January 2014. He bagged his first goal for the club on his home debut during a 4-0 thumping over Carlisle United. However, he only managed to feature once more for the O’s.

Darren Currie also wore Orient colours during his playing career. Whilst at West Ham, the former midfielder joined the club on loan in 1995 and went on to make 10 appearances.

As for the opposition, goalkeeper Dean Brill spent a year at Barnet after joining from Oldham Athletic in 2011. He made over 30 league appearances that season and helped the club avoid dropping out of the Football League.

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 0-0 Leyton Orient

30 March 2019

Barnet managed to clinch a 0-0 draw with table toppers Leyton Orient on Saturday as they made it six games unbeaten.

The Bees named an unchanged line-up from the side that beat Aldershot 2-0 in mid-week. Orient won by the same score-line at home to Fylde in their last fixture too but made one change with Alex Lawless coming in for Jamie Turley.

The first real chance of the match fell Barnet’s way when Ephron Mason-Clark found space on the edge of the box before letting rip, forcing former Bee Dean Brill into a save.

Soon after, both sides had penalty shouts turned down. Firstly, Shaq Coulthirst appeared to be brought down before Macauley Bonne went to ground up the other end after an Elliott Johnson challenge.

With 13 minutes on the clock, Coulthirst burst down the middle before his shot was put out for a corner. The resulting set-piece fell to Dave Tarpey but his effort was well dealt with by Brill.

The Bees number seven then saw his low, driving effort at the far post saved before Wes Fonguck also had his one-on-one chance blocked by the Orient ‘keeper soon after.

The visitors came close to breaking the dead-lock just past the half-hour mark after a cross found the head of Joe Widdowson but the full-back could only steer the ball wide.

The Bees reacted well though when Mason-Clark went up the other end to set up Tarpey but his effort flew over.

Nothing split the two sides going into the break with Darren Currie’s men returning to the dressing room having looked the most likely to open the scoring in the first half.

However, the first chance of the second period fell Orient’s way when the ball fell to James Brophy just shy of the hour mark but he blasted his effort over the bar.

Following a lengthy spell on the side-lines, Ricardo Santos returned to action on 63 minutes much to the delight of the home supporters. He replaced Dan Sweeney who limped off after receiving treatment on the pitch.

Injury forced the Bees to make another change moments later when David Tutonda headed straight down the tunnel, making way for Medy Elito.

Santos almost made an immediate impact with 15 minutes remaining after charging towards Orient’s defence before unleashing a fantastic ball towards Coulthirst who couldn’t get a foot to it.

With 10 minutes left on the clock, Brophy tried his luck from distance again but his effort whistled beyond Mark Cousins’ crossbar.

Orient had another penalty claim waved away in stoppage time but they did have the ball in the net soon after through a Josh Coulson header but it was ruled out for offside.

The Bees travel to Eastleigh on Tuesday night as they aim to stretch their unbeaten run to seven games.

 

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

BARNET UNUSED SUBS: Matrevics, Santos, Akinola, Elito

LEYTON ORIENT: Brill, Lawless (Dayton), Ekpiteta, Coulson, Happe, Widdowson, McAnuff (Lee), Clay, Brophy, Koroma (Simpson), Bonne.

LEYTON ORIENT UNUSED SUBS: Sargeant, Alabi.

ATTENDANCE: 3,648 (1,811 away)

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Ticket News

News | Back the Bees against Leyton Orient

29 March 2019

Join us at The Hive on Saturday for a big London derby when we take on league leaders Leyton Orient.

Both sides are unbeaten in their last five National League fixtures, so it is certain to be an entertaining match.

We need your support, so let's get The Hive buzzing once more!

The Bees Terrace is back open for Barnet fans meaning ticket prices will start at just £10 for Adults and £5 for Concessions, with Under 17's just £1.

Alternatively, there are seated options in both The Hive Stand and Legends Stand.

Click here to Back the Bees and purchase your tickets!

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