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18 November 2018 Venue Victoria Park Attendance

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Preview | Hartlepool United (a)

16 November 2018

Vanarama National League – The Super 6 Stadium – Sunday 18th November 2018 – KO 16:30

The Bees return to league action this weekend when they travel to Hartlepool United on Sunday.

John Still’s men go into the game off the back of a 1-1 FA Cup draw at home to League One side Bristol Rovers last weekend. The visitors were reduced to 10 men with only seven minutes on the clock after a dangerous foul by Stuart Sinclair on Wes Fonguck. The dismissal proved costly as Barnet took the lead just under 10 minutes later through a Craig Robson header. However, Chris Lines’ penalty in the second half cancelled out the opener, taking the tie to a replay.

Last Meeting:

You only have to cast your memory back to April 2017 to record the last time these two met. It was The Bees who came out on top in that occasion, winning 2-0 in County Durham.

John Akinde opened the scoring on 66 minutes before Simeon Akinola made sure of the points soon after.

Barnet haven’t lost at Hartlepool since December 2000 and will be hoping to maintain that record tomorrow.

Manager: Matthew Bates

Matthew Bates was appointed manager of Pools at the end of last season. He occupied the role in a caretaker capacity before penning a permanent deal back in May after steering his side away from relegation. The role also proves to be his first stab at management after hanging up his boots earlier this year whilst at Hartlepool.

Bates began his senior playing career at Middlesbrough and went on to make over 100 appearances for the side, playing in the Premier League and reaching the UEFA Cup final in 2006. During the eight years he spent with ‘Boro, he was sent out on loan to Darlington, Ipswich and Norwich respectively.

Before Hartlepool, he played for Bristol City and Bradford City. He joined Pools in 2014 and wore the shirt for four years before retiring to take up his position in the dug-out.

One to Watch: Liam Noble

Liam Noble has been a vital asset to Hartlepool’s side this season after joining the club in the summer. With seven goals to his name so far this campaign, he is currently the leading scorer at the club and will be hoping to add to his tally on Sunday.

The 27-year-old also has bundles of EFL experience under his belt with this season proving to be only his second outside England’s top four divisions.

Recent Form:

Sitting ninth with 28 points to their name, a win for Hartlepool will see them close the gap on a play-off spot.

Pools, who are five points adrift of the play-off places, have only accumulated one win in their last five games. A 2-0 home victory over Boreham Wood was quickly followed up by a goalless draw away at promotion chasers Leyton Orient. However, Bates’ side go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a three-game losing streak. A 3-2 defeat at home to Sutton was quickly followed up by a 1-0 and 4-0 loss away at Wrexham and Bromley respectively.

As for their home form, Hartlepool have only clinched three wins out of their nine games at Victoria Park in the league this season.

Pools have also bagged 20 goals this campaign, two more than Barnet. At the other end of the field, they have conceded 22, the same amount that has rustled The Bees’ net this season.

Last 5 league games: WDLLL

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Match Reports

Report | Hartlepool United 1-3 Barnet FC

18 November 2018

A Duku double and a Walker chip seal all three points for the Bees in Hartlepool.

It was the hosts who started stronger and had the first chance of the game, Paddy McLaughlin trying to angle the ball goalwards but Dan Sweeney was there to block his effort.

Hartlepool took the lead with 9 minutes on the clock. A cross came in and Mark Cousins missed his attempted punch. This allowed McLaughlin to shoot at goal but it was turned in by defender Peter Kioso who could make no mistake from very close range.

Minutes later Kioso had a chance to double his and Hartlepool's tally, but his header from Liam Noble's free-kick was off target.

Kenton Richardson was the latest to have a go at Cousins' goal, but his drive from 25 yards out went narrowly the wrong side of the post.

The Bees first chance came midway through the first half, could work from Manny Duku saw him supply Jack Taylor only for the midfielders half volley to strike the side netting.

Sweeney was again cancelling out efforts at the back, this time getting a crucial challenge in to deny Luke James' strike.

Barnet's equaliser came in the 24th minute. Cheye Alexander set up Sweeney who delivered a great cross from the right and Duku rose highest to powerfully head home.

Just 53 seconds later, Barnet were in the lead. From the kickoff, Duku applied pressure forcing Kioso into an error. The Dutch forward raced down on goal and coolly lofted the ball over the top of Scott Loach.

Duku, now on a hat-trick, would be stretchered off shortly before the break and replaced by Byron Harrison.

After the restart, the Bees continued to put pressure on the Hartlepool goal. Taylor had an effort deflected wide and from the following corner, Elliott Johnson inswinger had to be dealt with at the near post by Loach.

Charlee Adams lined up a shot from range which whistled just over the crossbar before Harrison was set through one-on-one at a tight angle and his dink over Loach went agonisingly the wrong side of the post.

With only a one-goal advantage, there was always a chance for Hartlepool to get back into the game and Taylor was called into defensive action when we expertly headed the ball off the line.

With the clock ticking down, Barnet needed that two-goal cushion and substitute Josh Walker was given an excellent opportunity to get it when he was set through by Harrison. However, under pressure from two Hartlepool defenders, his chip went over the bar.

James' had an effort blocked by Sweeney at one end before Alexander stung the hands of Loach at the other.

Captain Callum Reynolds headed Nobles effort wide of target and Craig Robson had a header at the other end saved by Loach.

Into five minutes of stoppage time we went and the Bees found that elusive third goal.

A slip from Myles Anderson set Walker clean through on goal and he chipped the ball over Loach and into the back of the net, sending the 47 Barnet fans that had made the long trip home happy.

Barnet: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Robson, Adams, Taylor, Fonguck, Sweeney, Duku (Harrison 45), Bettamer (Walker 69).
Subs Not Used: Sparkes, Matrevics, Elito.

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