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10 August 2019 Venue Meadow Lane Attendance

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Preview: Notts County (A) - Vanarama National League

10 August 2019

Barnet return to action this evening as they travel to Meadow Lane to face Notts County in front of the BT Sport cameras.

The Bees will be hoping to return to winning ways after settling for a draw on Tuesday night when they came up against Sutton United.

Simeon Akinola netted from the spot for the second game running, but Harry Beautyman was on hand to clinch the equaliser for the hosts in the second half.

The Opposition

Notts County are playing in the fifth tier for the first time in their 157-year history following relegation from League Two last season.

At the end of the 2017/18 season, the Magpies missed out on promotion after losing to Coventry City in the play-offs.

However, fast forward one year later and a completely different chapter was written as the EFL’s oldest football club faced the drop after finishing 23rd.

Hoping to regain their Football League status at the end of this season, County began the campaign with a 1-0 defeat away at Eastleigh.

However, points were on the board in their most recent fixture when they drew 1-1 with newly promoted Stockport County as they returned to Meadow Lane.

On the transfer front, it’s been a busy two weeks for County after their embargo was lifted at the end of last month.

The Magpies have welcomed nine new arrivals through the door including Connell Rawlinson and Sam Graham who joined the club this week.

The Bees will travel to a ground that was opened in 1910 and has an all-seater capacity of 18,816.

Manager: Neal Ardley

This season marks Neal Ardley’s first full campaign in charge of Notts County after he took the reins in November 2018.

After relegation last season, the 46-year-old will be hoping to take the club back to the Football League at the first time of asking.

Before arriving at Meadow Lane, Ardley was in charge of League One side AFC Wimbledon.

He took over at the club back in 2012 after a spell as manager of Cardiff City’s academy side and narrowly avoided relegation from League Two in his first two seasons in charge.

After a 15th place finish at the end of the 2014/15 season, the next campaign would look much brighter for Ardley and his side. Clinching seventh spot, Wimbledon tasted promotion after a 2-0 play-off final victory over Plymouth Argyle.

Ardley left after two years in League One and is embarking on management in the National League for the first time in his career.

His playing career also started at Wimbledon where he would go on to make around 300 appearances in nine years.

Watford was to be his next destination before he moved to Cardiff City in 2005 in a spell which proved to be a short one. After signing for Millwall in 2006, Ardley called time on his career whilst at the Lions a year later.

Last Time Out:

It was a day to remember for the Bees in our last meeting with Notts County.

With both sides coming up against each other in February 2018 during the 2017/18 League Two season, it was the Bees who came out on top, winning 1-0.

With Barnet sitting bottom of the league and County chasing promotion, it was always going to have to take something special to beat the Magpies and that’s exactly what happened.

Deep into stoppage time, Craig Ross lumped a ball forward to Alex Nicholls who took a touch before blasting the ball home.

Connections:

Scott Loach spent two years at Notts County after signing in 2015 from Rotherham United. During that time, the goalkeeper made 23 appearances for the Magpies and was sent out on loan to York City.

Andre Boucaud is also a former Magpie. After initially joining on loan, the midfielder penned a permanent deal with the club in 2013 but was released over a year later.

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Report: Notts County 1-2 Barnet

10 August 2019

Barnet returned to winning ways this evening as they came from behind to narrowly beat Notts County 2-1 at Meadow Lane.

Enzio Boldewijn opened the scoring inside the first 10 minutes before Callum Reynolds’ header levelled proceedings going into the break.

However, it was to be the visitors who came away with maximum points after Simeon Akinola bagged his third consecutive goal with 15 minutes remaining.

The Bees made one change from the side that drew 1-1 with Sutton United on Tuesday night, welcoming Ricardo Santos back to the starting line-up in place of Dan Sparkes. As for the hosts, they made two switches following their home draw with Stockport County in mid-week.

The visitors piled on the pressure in the opening stages, but it was the Magpies who broke the dead-lock with only eight minutes on the clock. Boldewijn found space and let rip from distance, nestling the top right corner of Scott Loach’s net.

Up the other end, James Dunne won a free-kick on the edge of the area, Jack Taylor stepped up and dipped the ball just over the top right corner of Sam Slocombe’s net.

The Bees’ number seven was in the thick of it again on 24 minutes. After a ball was played over to him at the far post, his delivery back across goal was dangerous but he couldn’t find an end product.

However, Barnet did find an equaliser four minutes later after a corner was nodded on to Reynolds who headed home.

Loach was then called into action moments later after Jim O’Brien let rip from distance, but the shot-stopper had everything under control and calmly caught the effort.

In the final stages of the first half, the Bees nearly conceded a penalty after Harry Taylor brought down O’Brien in the box, but the referee pointed for a goal-kick.

Moments later, the whistle blew for half-time, bringing an end to a very positive first 45 minutes for the Bees.

Barnet started off the second period on the front foot and won a corner after clever work from Ephron Mason-Clark. Medy Elito whipped it in from the left and the ball found the head of Akinola who lost his man but his nod fell wide of the post.

With 57 minutes on the clock, Ben Turner latched on to a free-kick but his header looped over the bar.

County substitute Kristian Dennis then found space on the edge of the box before hitting low and hard but his effort was well saved by Loach who dived to his right.

Straight after, the Bees broke and their attacking play ended with James Dunne blasting the ball into the gloves of Slocombe from the edge of the area.

Cheye Alexander then did well to sprint down the right before pinging a ball into Jack Taylor but the midfielder hit the ball high and wide.

However, the Bees did turn the game on its head moments later after Akinola was fed through on goal by Mason-Clark before the number 14 neatly chipped the ball over Slocombe.

It proved to be a quiet end to the game but Barnet didn’t mind as they managed to see out the victory.

Darren Currie’s side turn their attentions to Tuesday night as they welcome Dover Athletic to The Hive London.

 

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

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Boucaud.

Attendance: 4096 (155 Barnet)

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