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Preview: Yeovil Town (H) - Vanarama National League

3 August 2019

The Bees kick-start their Vanarama National League campaign this afternoon as they welcome Yeovil Town to The Hive London.

Darren Currie’s men will be looking to hit the ground running after a tough pre-season and will come up against a side who faced the drop from League Two last campaign.

New signing James Dunne is likely to make his Barnet debut whilst goalkeeper Scott Loach is also set to make his first competitive start against his former club.

The Opposition:

Yeovil Town, also known as the Glovers, finished bottom of the fourth tier last season and will play non-league football for the first time since 2003.

This afternoon’s opposition were a Championship side only five years ago but after back-to-back relegations, they quickly found themselves in League Two.

Hoping to climb back up the ladder, the Glovers would go on to spend four seasons in the fourth division before facing the drop again last campaign.

Yeovil, who will be looking to return to the EFL at the first attempt, have welcomed a few new faces to Huish Park this summer, including Lee Collins from Forest Green and Stevenage’s Luke Wilkinson.

There was also a managerial change this summer as Darren Sarll penned a three-year deal, taking over from Darren Way.

The Glovers’ most recent fixture resulted in a 2-1 victory over Bristol City’s under-23 side last weekend in a pre-season friendly.

Manager: Darren Sarll

Sarll began his managerial career in 2006, taking charge of Stevenage’s reserve team before taking up coaching roles at Brentford and Rotherham United respectively.

He then returned to Stevenage in 2012, initially joining as Head of Youth before becoming a first team coach three years later.

Following the sacking of then-manager Teddy Sheringham, Sarll took the reins on a temporary basis before clinching the job permanently in 2016 in a spell which stretched to 2018.

The 36-year-old then moved to Watford as Head of Academy but left after seven months in the role.

As a player, Sarll began his career at Hitchin Town before going on to play for Berkhamsted Town in 2002.

After a short spell at the club, he then moved to Bedford Town before leaving for St Albans City in 2004 where he’d also go on to play for Chelmsford City on loan.

Dunstable Town was his next destination in the same year before he made the switch to Hemel Hempstead Town and Chesham United respectively.

Sarll called time on his professional football career whilst at Biggleswade United and went on to play at Sunday league level.

Last Time Out:

The Bees have only beaten Yeovil once in their last five competitive meetings and fell to a 2-0 defeat when the pair last faced each other in February 2018.

The League Two fixture, which took place at Huish Park, saw the Glovers open the scoring inside two minutes after Sam Surridge netted from the spot.

Francois Zoko then came on for the Glovers to bag the second in stoppage time, ensuring the hosts came away with all three points.

Connections:

New Barnet goalkeeper Loach is set to start against his former club this afternoon. The Bees’ number one spent a month on loan with Yeovil whilst at Rotherham United in 2015, making six appearances.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Barnet 1-0 Yeovil Town

3 August 2019

The Bees began their Vanarama National League campaign with a 1-0 win over Yeovil Town at The Hive London. Simeon Akinola netted from the spot on the hour mark to bag the only goal of the game.

James Dunne, who completed a move to The Hive London last weekend, was given the nod as he made his first appearance in a Barnet shirt. Between the sticks, Scott Loach made his first competitive start for the Bees.

As for Yeovil, Lawson D’Ath was named in the starting line-up after the club announced his arrival earlier the same day. Romeao Hutton and Olly McCoy both joined the Glovers on loan on Friday and the former clinched a debut start whilst the latter was an unused substitute.

The first chance of the game fell the visitors’ way with just two minutes on the clock. Debutant Hutton found space in the box before unleashing a low drive, forcing Loach to get down to his right and make a smart save.

The Barnet goalkeeper produced another great stop on 19 minutes, diving to his left to deny Rhys Murphy from opening the scoring from distance.

Just shy of the half-an-hour mark, the Bees nearly put their noses in front after a cross from the left found the head of Jack Taylor but he couldn’t find the back of the net.

Just moments later, Darren Currie’s side had another chance to open the scoring. This time, Cheye Alexander whipped in a cross from the right which found Simeon Akinola but the Bees’ number 14 headed over.

Up the other end, Matthew Worthington let rip from distance but his low drive could only find the advertising boards.

In the final stages of the first half, Akinola hit the ball first-time from just outside the box but his effort bounced back off the crossbar. That proved to be the final chance to net in the opening 45 minutes as both sides returned to the changing rooms level pegging.

Akinola began the second half just how he finished the first, with a great opportunity to score. Dan Sparkes played in the forward but his shot from close range was straight at Stuart Nelson.

Soon after, the Bees piled on more pressure with David Tutonda bursting down the middle before he fizzed the ball just wide of the post.

With an hour on the clock, the referee pointed to the spot after Akinola was brought down in the box. The Barnet forward then stepped up and slotted the ball into the bottom left corner to put the hosts in front.

The goalscorer then received a round of applause from the home fans as he was replaced by Shaq Coulthirst 12 minutes later.

With just under a quarter of an hour to go, Loach produced another wonderful save. Yeovil were awarded a free-kick in a dangerous position and Murphy looked to have beaten the shot-stopper, but he dived across the goal to maintain his clean sheet.

In stoppage time, Sparkes drilled a low effort wide but it didn’t matter as the Bees held on to clinch an impressive opening day win.

Barnet now turn their attentions to Tuesday night when they travel to Sutton United.

 

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Santos, Reynolds (C), Tutonda, Dunne, H.Taylor, J.Taylor, Akinola (Coulthirst), Elito (Mason-Clark), Sparkes.

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Adams, Barham.

Attendance: 1666 (553 Yeovil)

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Yeovil Town (H)

29 July 2019

Tickets are now available for the Bees' first game of the National League season as Yeovil Town visit The Hive on Saturday, August 3rd.

 Prices are as follows:

 

Adults

Concessions*

Kids

Legends stand (West)

£22.00

£14.00

£5.00

South Terrace

£15.00

£10.00

£1.00

Bumble family zone

£15.00

£10.00

£1.00

The Hive Stand

£22.00

£14.00

£5.00

 *Concessions – 17-21/65+

 

Tickets are available to purchase on our online ticket office or in person at The Hive London, at the club shop.

Tickets will be available on matchday for home supporters at the home ticket office and for visiting fans at the away ticket office.

Remember that members are entitled to a 10% discount on any additional tickets!

So why not come down to The Hive this Saturday and cheer on the Bees in their first game of a massive National League season.

Any queries regarding tickets for this fixture should be directed to akhan@thehivelondon.com 

 

 

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