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03 November 2018 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

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Preview | Maidstone United (h)

2 November 2018

Vanarama National League – The Hive London – Saturday 6th September 2018 – KO 15:00

The Bees will be hoping to return to winning ways this weekend when they welcome Maidstone United to The Hive.

John Still’s men go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a 3-1 defeat at home to promotion chasers Salford. Wes Fonguck bagged his sixth goal of the season on 42 minutes before two Ammies goals either side of half-time from Rory Gaffney and Thomas Walker respectively turned the game on it’s head. Mark Shelton made sure of the three points just past the hour mark after smashing home Scott Wiseman’s cross.

Last Meeting:

The last time these two sides met competitively was 26 years ago during the 1991-92 Division four campaign where Barnet came out on top, winning 3-2. The Bees finished that season in the play-offs, missing out on promotion at the semi-final stage. As for Maidstone, they had to settle for 18th place.

Manager: Harry Wheeler

Maidstone appointed Harry Wheeler as their boss in September following the departure of Jay Saunders, penning a deal until the end of the season.

Before arriving at The Gallagher Stadium, he was in charge of Billericay Town where he led the side to three titles last campaign, including the Bostik Premier League. However, he faced the chop despite a great start to life in the National League South.

Prior to joining The Blues in April 2017, he was at the helm of Welling United. The 30-year-old also managed his home town club St Albans City. Wheeler also represented The Saints during his playing career along with spells at Stevenage and Hampton & Richmond.

The Maidstone boss is a man Still knows very well having named him Dagenham & Redbridge’s head of youth development during his reign at the club.

Since taking charge of The Stones, Wheeler has overseen two league wins and two draws out of eight games.

One to Watch: Blair Turgott

It’s safe to say, Blair Turgott has hit the ground running this season. The 24-year-old has bagged nine league goals this season, the fourth highest scorer in the division and he will undoubtedly be eager to enter double figures tomorrow.

On top of his recent scoring form, Turgott was also named captain last month before claiming the club’s Player of the Month award for September.

The number 11 has bundles of experience under his belt too, stemming from the National League to League One. He also began his career in the West Ham youth set-up, making one FA Cup appearance for the club.

Turgott has also climbed the England youth set-up from U16 level to U19 before he was awarded an England C cap.

Recent Form:

Sitting 21st with 15 points to their name, a win for Maidstone tomorrow could lift them back out of the relegation zone.

The Stones haven’t won in their last five league games, drawing twice and losing the others. A 1-1 draw at home to Chesterfield was followed up by a 1-0 defeat to Bromley. They then fell to two more losses, this time at the hands of Fylde and Solihull. However, they go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a 1-1 draw away at 16th placed Ebbsfleet on Tuesday night.

As for their away form, The Stones have clinched three wins out of their nine matches on the road, drawing once and losing the remainder.

Maidstone have scored the least amount of goals in the division so far this season with only 13 to their name. At the other end of the field, they have conceded 25, five more than The Bees.

Last 5 league matches: DLLLD

Connections:

Dan Sweeney joined Barnet from Maidstone in 2016. The 24-year-old spent just over a year at the club and it was his penalty in the play-off final shoot-out to clinch promotion to the National League in his debut season. He made over 45 appearances for The Stones, scoring on three occasions.

Between 1986 and 1989, John Still was manager of Maidstone on a part-time basis. He guided the side to Conference title glory in his final season in charge before leaving shortly after for Redbridge Forest.

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 0-2 Maidstone United

3 November 2018

It was an afternoon to forget for Barnet as they suffered their second defeat on the bounce this weekend, losing 2-0 to Maidstone.

Harry Wheeler’s men took the lead on 27 minutes through Blair Turgott before substitute Gold Omotayo made sure of the three points in the second half.

The result means The Bees stay 12th, eight points off the play-off places.

It was the visitors who created the first chance of the game on 11 minutes. Jack Paxman nicked the ball off Charlee Adams before bursting forward, hitting the ball low and hard, forcing Mark Cousins to get down low to save.

The Bees hit back moments later though when Cheye Alexander twisted and turned a defender before letting fly from distance. However, his stunning drive from the edge of the area was well saved by Grant Smith in the Maidstone net.

Elliott Johnson’s free-kick on 23 minutes looked to be dipping into the top left corner but it was well caught by the ‘keeper.

Despite pressure from The Bees, it was Maidstone who hit first on 27 minutes. Turgott was played through on goal before slotting comfortably past Cousins.

However, the Barnet shot-stopper was on hand to deny the goal scorer a second just before half-time, a fantastic diving save kept out his bending effort.

Cousins then got down low to deny Elliott Romain at the near post to prevent the visitors from taking a two-goal lead into the break.

HT

The Bees’ goalkeeper was called into action yet again 11 minutes into the second half. After Romain set up Paxman just inside the box, his shot was well kept out by Barnet’s number one who got down low to keep the score 1-0.

Jack Taylor then found room to let fly but his speculative effort whistled over the bar and the South Terrace.

With 15 minutes remaining, Maidstone had another chance to double their lead. After some brilliant counter attacking play from Turgott, he found Omotayo but his shot was well blocked by the feet of Cousins.

Soon after, Shaq Coulthirst became the first name in the referee’s book for simulation seconds before Alexander tried his luck from distance but it fell wide of the post.

The miss proved costly as Maidstone bagged their second with just over 10 minutes to go. Jake Cassidy’s initial shot was saved but Omotayo was on hand to poke home the rebound.

Despite two late headed efforts from Ephron Mason-Clark and Jack Barham, the visitors managed to hold on to claim a vital three points.

John Still’s men return to action next Sunday when they host Bristol Rovers in the First Round of the FA Cup.

Barnet Starting Line-up: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds (C), Robson, Tarpey (Barham), Adams, J.Taylor, Fonguck, Walker (Coulthirst), Tutonda (Mason-Clark).

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Sweeney.

Attendance: 1,424 (339 visitors)

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Ticket News

Tickets | Back the Bees against Maidstone

1 November 2018

Len Kerswill

The Bees welcome Maidstone United to The Hive London on Saturday and you can save time on your matchday by purchasing your ticket in advance.

Barnet are coming into this fixture looking to bounce back from a midweek defeat to league leaders Salford whereas our opponents from Kent currently sit 21st and picked up a point on Tuesday away to local rivals Ebbsfleet.

Tickets for this fixture are available on the day from our ticket offices but, to save time, we recommend booking in advance.

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