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Preview | Gateshead (h)

23 November 2018

Vanarama National League – The Hive London – Saturday 24th November 2018 – KO 15:00

The Bees are back in league action this weekend as they aim to clinch their third win in a week when they host Gateshead on Saturday.

John Still’s men go into tomorrow’s encounter off the back of an impressive FA Cup win in mid-week. The Bees travelled to Bristol Rovers in a First Round replay on Wednesday and produced a huge upset, winning 2-1 against the League One side. For the second time this week, they clinched victory after falling behind. This time it was Tom Nichols who struck first but Craig Robson, who netted in the initial tie, equalised 13 minutes later. The game was quickly turned on its head when Byron Harrison bagged the winner two minutes later meaning it will be the Bees who face Stockport County in Round Two.

Last Meeting:

Our last meeting with Gateshead was a very special day for everyone associated at the club.

The Hive London played host to our most recent encounter with The Heed back in April 2015 and after the Bees clinched the three points, they were crowned Conference champions.

After Sam Togwell delivered a floating free-kick into the box, Mauro Vilhete produced a bullet header to give Martin Allen’s side the lead on 25 minutes.

It was the Barnet number 16 who made sure of the title just after the break, tapping in from close range as the Bees returned to the EFL.

Manager: Steve Watson

Steve Watson was appointed Gateshead boss in October 2017 after Neil Aspin left the club to join League Two side Port Vale.

Prior to his move to The Heed, he was assistant manager at Macclesfield Town but has no previous experience at being at the helm of a club. The 44-year-old was also a coach at Huddersfield Town and Birmingham City.

As a player, Watson began his career at Newcastle where he played over 250 times for the club and remains the youngest player to wear the famous black and white jersey. During his spell at The Magpies, he made 12 caps for England U21s.

Watson then went on to play for Aston Villa, Everton and West Brom before hanging up his boots at Sheffield Wednesday in 2009.

In his debut season in charge of Gateshead, he guided them to a 17th placed finish in the National League.

One to Watch: Luke Armstrong

After signing on loan from Middlesbrough in the summer, it’s safe to say, Luke Armstrong has hit the ground running at Gateshead.

The 22-year-old striker has bagged six goals already this campaign as he tops The Heed’s leading scorers for the season.

However, he has only found the net once since August due to injury but he will be hoping to regain his prolific form at The Hive tomorrow and add to his goal tally.

Recent Form:

Sitting eighth, one point off the play-off places, Gateshead are enjoying a much better season than the last.

However, The Heed have only picked up two wins in their last five league games. A 1-0 victory away at Havant & Waterlooville was quickly followed up by a 3-0 home win over Aldershot. However, Gateshead go into tomorrow’s game without a win in three and their recent dip in form began at Fylde. A stoppage time Danny Rowe winner meant Gateshead left Mill Farm empty handed. They began November with a trip to Wrexham and they fell to another defeat, this time losing 3-1. However, they managed to get points back on the board when they hosted Sutton last weekend, drawing 0-0.

As for their away form, Gateshead have picked up five wins out of their 10 matches on the road this season.

They have also bagged 25 goals this campaign, four more than Barnet. They also hold a better defensive record too having seen 17 fly into their net, six less than John Still’s side.

Last 5 league games: WWLLD

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 1-2 Gateshead

24 November 2018


Barnet failed to make it three wins on the bounce as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Gateshead this weekend.

The visitors broke the deadlock on 20 minutes through Scott Boden before Jack Taylor levelled proceedings just before the hour mark. However, Luke Armstrong made sure his side travelled home with maximum points after finding the bottom corner on 75 minutes.

John Still made two changes after Wednesday’s FA Cup win with Josh Walker and Byron Harrison coming in for Mo Bettamer and Manny Duku. The Heed also made two changes after their goalless draw at home to Sutton United last weekend.

The first real chance of the game fell to the visitors on 15 minutes after Armstrong latched onto a cross from the left before his header was well saved by Mark Cousins.

The Heed did have their noses in front soon after though after Greg Olley whipped in a delightful ball from the right for Boden to tap home from close range.

The Bees piled the pressure on five minutes later after Walker produced some sublime skill before feeding Wes Fonguck. However, the midfielder failed to convert and Gateshead were able to clear their lines.

Walker was in the thick of it yet again soon after. This time, the number 22 found Charlee Adams at the edge of the box but his low effort whistled past the post.

Elliott Johnson nearly saw his cross from the left flank float all the way into the net on the half-hour mark but Aynsley Pears was on hand to punch the ball out of danger.

The Bees maintained their attacking strength in the latter stages of the first half but couldn’t grab an equaliser to take into the break.

Walker produced the first chance after the restart but his low drive from the edge of the area deflected wide for a corner.

Up the other end, Gateshead could have extended their lead after Luke Molyneux let fly from the edge of the area but his effort cannoned back off the bar.

The missed opportunity proved costly as the Bees found an equaliser moments later. Harrison did well to skip past the Gateshead defence before his deflected shot fell to Taylor who smashed the ball home via the woodwork.

Tom White picked up a yellow for The Heed for a foul moments before goal scorer Taylor found Fonguck but his low effort failed to trouble Pears.

The Heed regained their lead with 15 minutes remaining. A through ball fell to the feet of their top scorer Armstrong who found the bottom corner, netting his seventh of the season.

Robbie Tinker received a booking for time wasting seconds before Manny Duku saw his header crash against the crossbar on 85 minutes.

The Bees came close to bagging another equaliser again in stoppage time when a low cross fell to substitute Dan Sparkes. However, he slid in at the far post but couldn’t convert from close range meaning the hosts ended the game empty handed.

Still’s men take another break from league action next weekend as they welcome Stockport County to The Hive London in the Emirates FA Cup Second Round.

Barnet Starting Line-up: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds ©, Robson, Adams (Bettamer), Harrison, Taylor, Fonguck (Sparkes), Walker (Duku), Sweeney.

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Elito.

Attendance: 940

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Ticket News

News | Back the Bees against Gateshead

23 November 2018

After causing an upset in the FA Cup earlier in the week, Barnet return to National League action on Saturday when they welcome Gateshead to The Hive London.

Tickets for this one start at £15 for Adults and just £1 for Under 17's and you can save time on your matchday by purchasing in advance at our online ticket store.

The Hive Bar will be open from 11:00 with Legends Bar and Bar 66, for visiting Gateshead fans, opening at 13:30. Work to improve Legends Bar is ongoing and we apologise for it's appearance whilst this is undertaken and thank you for your patience.

It's hard to forget what happened the last time the Bees welcomed The Heed to North London. Mauro Vilhete scored twice as Barnet secured the 2014/15 Conference title.

Come down to The Hive and get behind your Bees!

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