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Kick off 15:00 (UK)

20 October 2018 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance 1,057

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

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Braintree Town

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Match Previews

Preview | Braintree Town (h) - Emirates FA Cup

19 October 2018

FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round – The Hive London – Saturday 20th October 2018 – KO 15:00

The Bees kick-start their FA Cup campaign tomorrow when they welcome fellow National League outfit Braintree Town to The Hive.

John Still’s men go into the game off the back of a 2-0 league win over Solihull Moors just under two weeks ago. Wes Fonguck opened the scoring just shy of the hour mark before bagging his brace deep into stoppage time as Barnet returned to winning ways.

Attentions now turn to tomorrow afternoon as they take a break from league duty, aiming to reach the First Round Proper of the FA Cup.

Last Meeting:

You only have to cast your memory back to August to recall the last time these two sides met. Barnet welcomed Braintree to The Hive in their first home game of the season with the clash ending 1-1.

Jack Taylor headed a Jonathan Muleba cross into his own net to give the visitors the lead but it was cancelled out by Shaq Coulthirst just past the hour mark. Dan Sparkes fizzed the ball into the box and the Barnet number 10 was on hand to slide the ball home from close range.

Caretaker Manager: Hakan Hayrettin

After the departure of Brad Quinton earlier this month, Braintree are still on the hunt for a new manager.

In the meantime, however, former boss Hakan Hayrettin has been occupying the role in a caretaker capacity and will maintain his position in the dug-out tomorrow afternoon.

The 48-year-old first took charge of Braintree in September 2016 but after facing relegation from the National League in his first season, he left the role.

Hayrettin has only overseen one league match since returning to the club, a 2-2 draw away at Salford City last weekend.

He started his managerial career in 2003 at Waltham Forest before going on to take charge of Thurrock and Grays Athletic. Whilst at the latter, he guided them to a play-off semi-final finish in the Isthmian League Division One North in his debut season. However, the following campaign saw him go one better, achieving promotion to the Premier Division with a club-record 102 points.

He left the side in 2013 to join Luton Town as first team coach under Bees boss Still. He also led the U23’s side who went on to win the Football League final third U23’s title.

Hayrettin is no stranger to Barnet having played for us from 1989 to 1993 before leaving to sign for Wycombe Wanderers.

He went on to join sides such as Cambridge United, Doncaster and Peterborough but injuries forced him to drop down to part-time football.

One to Watch: Mohamed Bettamer

Mohamed Bettamer joined Braintree in the summer and has gone on to be a key member of the squad so far this season.

The forward, who began his career in the Watford youth set up, has already bagged six goals this campaign, becoming The Iron’s leading scorer.

Bettamer will go into tomorrow’s game high on confidence after netting three goals in his last two games, scoring a brace in their most recent encounter on Saturday.

If given the nod tomorrow, he will be hoping to replicate his recent league form in the cup and cause Barnet all sorts of problems.

Last Season’s FA Cup form:

Braintree began their FA Cup campaign in the Second Qualifying Round at home to Royston Town. However, after being held to a 2-2 draw, they were taken to a replay three days later. The Iron came out on top at the second time of asking, winning 2-1 in Hertfordshire.

However, their cup run came to an end at the Third Qualifying stage after finding themselves on the receiving end of a 4-1 thumping away at Brackley Town.

Promotion to the National League last season has meant that Braintree enter the competition at the final qualifying stage this time around.

Recent Form:

Sitting rock bottom of the National League table, seven points from safety, Braintree have endured a difficult start to life back in England’s fifth tier.

The Iron, who only have one win under their belt this season, have lost four of their last five games. A 1-0 defeat to Maidstone was quickly followed up by a 5-1 drubbing at the hands of Leyton Orient. They then lost 3-0 away at Fylde before suffering a 2-1 home defeat to Eastleigh. However, they go into tomorrow’s game off the back of a 2-2 draw with promotion chasers Salford at the weekend, a late equaliser denying them the three points.

Fortunately for Braintree, they can put aside their disappointing league form this weekend as they aim to start their FA Cup campaign with a victory.

Last 5 games: LLLLD


Simeon Akinola arrived at Barnet in 2017 after spending two years with Braintree. Making over 100 appearances for The Iron, the forward was also part of the Town side who reached the National League play-off semi-final in 2016. Akinola bagged over 20 goals for Braintree before making the switch to the Hive.

Another man who was part of that successful Braintree side of 2016 was summer singing Dan Sparkes. Signing from Histon in 2012, the midfielder spent over four years in Essex, making over 100 appearances before signing for Torquay in 2016.

One of Barnet’s most recent signings Zak Jules spent one month on loan at Braintree from Reading in 2016, featuring five times for the club.

As for Braintree, caretaker boss Hayrettin made over 80 appearances for Barnet between 1989 and 1993. During his time at the club, he was sent out on loan to Torquay United and Wycombe Wanderers respectively.

Justin Amazulor joined Barnet at U18 level in 2015 before progressing to the senior side. He made over 25 appearances for the club and was sent out on loan on multiple occasions. However, he left the Bees for Braintree at the end of August.

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Match Reports

Report | Barnet FC 4-2 Braintree Town - Emirates FA Cup

20 October 2018

Barnet progress to the First Round of the FA Cup after beating fellow National League outfit Braintree Town at The Hive this weekend.

David Tutonda opened the scoring in the early stages before Jack Taylor made it two just past the 15 minute mark.

Barnet looked to have taken a two-goal lead into half-time but Reece Grant pulled one back for the visitors moments before the break.

Lyle Della-Verde levelled the scores on 66 minutes before Elliott Johnson marked his return from injury with a goal to regain Barnet’s lead.

The outcome was settled six minutes from time when Cheye Alexander’s first goal for the club guaranteed progression to Round One.

John Still named an unchanged side that beat Solihull 2-0 in their previous encounter two weeks ago. Dave Tarpey joined goal scorer Johnson on the bench following spells out with injury.

A scorching afternoon in North London saw The Bees get off to a flyer after taking the lead with just six minutes on the clock. Josh Walker fizzed in a low ball across goal from the right which missed Manny Duku but Tutonda was on hand to smash home at the far post.

However, The Iron could have bagged themselves an equaliser soon after when a Jon Muleba cross was cleared out to Cameron James whose strike from distance whistled over the bar.

The missed chance proved costly as The Bees went up the other end and doubled their advantage. After Duku’s blocked effort fell to Taylor, the Barnet number 12 made no mistake from close range and nestled the back of the net.

Moments later, Walker bombed down the left before cutting inside and letting rip from inside the area but his effort was well saved by Ben Killip who dived to his near post.

Braintree’s Kodi Lyons-Foster picked up the first booking of the game after a foul on Tutonda but when Taylor struck the resulting free-kick, his attempt fell just wide of the post.

The visitors had a chance to pull one back on 36 minutes when Grant was played through on goal. However, his first-time shot from the edge of the box was well saved by Mark Cousins.

Braintree’s number 25 did find his name on the score-sheet on the stroke of half-time though as he scrambled the ball over the line to half the deficit going into the break.

Charlee Adams found Cheye Alexander 13 minutes into the second period but after the full-back cut inside and let fly from the edge of the area, his effort could only find a Braintree defender.

Up the other end and Grant had a real chance to net his brace. After he was played through on goal, his half-volley forced Cousins into a spectacular save to maintain his side’s lead.

However, The Iron did find an equaliser soon after as Muleba’s cross from the right found Della-Verde who volleyed the ball home from close range.

The Bees tried to regain their advantage minutes later but Adams’ strike from distance took a huge deflection, flying wide of the post.

With just over 15 minutes remaining, substitute Jack Barham missed a golden opportunity to put the hosts back in front after failing to convert a low Taylor cross from close range.

However, Barnet did regain their lead on 79 minutes when Alexander floated in a delightful ball before substitute Johnson nodded in at the far post.

The Bees made sure of their place in the next round after Alexander’s low free-kick from outside the box beat Killip in the Braintree net.

Barnet now have to wait until Monday’s draw to find out who they will be playing in Round One.

Barnet Line-up: Cousins, Alexander, Robson (C), Adams, J.Taylor (Mason-Clark), Fonguck, Walker, Tutonda (Johnson), Sweeney, Jules, Duku (Barham).

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Tarpey, Sparkes, Elito.

Attendance: 1057 (156 visitors)

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Ticket News

Tickets | Back the Bees as their cup journey begins

19 October 2018

Barnet take on Braintree Town at The Hive London on Saturday as their Emirates FA Cup journey begins.

The Fourth Round Qualifying tie will be an all National League affair and tickets are on sale in advance and on the day.

Prices for all areas of the stadium are as follows:

Adults - £10
Concessions - £5
Under 17's - £1

This fixture is not included in your Barnet FC Membership or Season Ticket.

To purchase in advance and save time on your matchday, click here.

We look forward to welcoming you to The Hive for a great afternoon of FA Cup action.

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