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28 December 2019 Venue The EBB Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview: Aldershot Town (A)

28 December 2019

The Bees travel to the EBB Stadium to take on Aldershot Town in the Vanarama National League in our last game of the decade.

Nickname: The Shots

Manager: Danny Searle 

Stadium: EBB Stadium

League Position: 20th

 

Form Guide:

Barnet last 5 = W3 D0 L2

Maidenhead United 1-4 Barnet

Barnet 2-1 AFC Fylde

Barnet 5-2 Ebbsfleet United

Barrow 2-1 Barnet

Barnet 1-2 Stockport County

 

Aldershot Town last 5 = W2 D2 L1

Aldershot Town 2-1 Stockport County

Barrow 1-0 Aldershot Town 

Aldershot Town 2-2 Chesterfield 

Yeovil 2-2 Aldershot Town

Aldershot Town 2-1 Notts County 

 

The Bees 

Darren Currie's side will head to the EBB Stadium feeling fresh after our Boxing Day fixture with Boreham Wood was beaten by the weather. In the Bees last away fixture they brushed aside Maidenhead United to pick up their first win on the road since October, so they will be hoping to make it back to back victories on the road. 

The Bees are in fine form and are unbeaten in their last four in all competitions, scoring 13 goals in the process, so confidence should be flowing ahead of the encounter with The Shots. Currie's side sits four points off the play-off places with two games in hand over some of the teams ahead, so all three points will mean they enter 2020 ready to make their attack on those sides. 

 

The Shots 

The Shots have struggled for consistency thus far and find themselves just a point and a place outside of the relegation places. However they are unbeaten in their previois four matches at the EBB, winning three and drawing just the once. Danny Searle's side also saw their Boxing Day fixture postponed allowing them the same time as the Bees to prepare for this one. 

The Shots will be looking to use the EBB as a fortress in the second half of the season, in order to move themselves away from the Vanarama National League trap door. The Bees will go there with plenty of confidence but like every game, they'll have to be at their best if they are to finish the decade with all three points. 

 

The Gaffer

This season proves to be Danny Searle’s first as Shots manager after taking up the hot seat in May.

The 41-year-old spent the back end of last season in charge of relegated Braintree Town after a spell as Assistant Manager.

Searle was also a coach within the Academies at Chelsea, Charlton Athletic, Southend United and West Ham United.

 

One to watch: Ethan Chislett 

Chislett is the man in form for the Shots at the moment with two goals in his last three appearances. Both of those goals came from the penalty spot, but he is the top scorer at the club with six goals so far this campaign. The 19-year-old joined from Met Police in the summer and has had an instant impact with the Shots faithful. Chislett enjoyed a successful spell with Met Police and played a crucial part in their historic cup run in the 2018/19 season as they reached the First Round. 

The South-African midfielder will be hoping to add more goals to his game back at the club he played for as part of the Shots academy set up at the age of 15. The Bees will be looking to stop the 19-year-old and deny him from adding to his tally at the EBB this afternoon. 

 

What they said

Darren Currie

"With Aldershot's game being cancelled, it gives us an equal playing field on Saturday. It gives us that extra day where we can do a tiny bit of work that leads into our game on Saturday.

"We go there in a good place and go there confident at the minute. We look forward to it and we're in a good place, the key is staying in that place.

"There is no such thing as an easy game, there's a nice big pitch over at Aldershot. We beat them earlier in the season and that tends to motivate teams, even more, to try and get one back."

 

 

Danny Searle 

"Getting a result is crucial, but Barnet are a very good side so it is going to be a tough afternoon, they are in really good form.

"We kind of owe them for last time because we were good in the first half away from home but in the second half, we made some really stupid mistakes. We need to make sure the same things don't happen again."

 

Coverage

If you aren't making the trip to the EBB Stadium, then you can listen to full live match commentary of the match with Sam Avery and Will Evans on iBarnet. 

Alternatively, there will be full-text updates over on our Twitter account. Stay tuned across all social media channels for all the post-match reaction from the boss. 

 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Aldershot Town 0-0 Barnet

28 December 2019

Barnet settle for a point at Aldershot as they play out a 0-0 draw with Danny Searle's side.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Bees started strongly at The Ebb Stadium and passed up a couple of opportunities to open the scoring within 8 minutes of kick-off. 

Jack Taylor at the heart of both opportunities, he teed up James Dunne at the edge of the box, but the latter's shot was deflected just wide of the post before he floated one just the wrong side of the far stick himself.

Harry Taylor was next to go close but his glanced header from a whipped David Tutonda cross scraped the far post, before Dean Rance smashed well high of Scott Loach's goal moments later - the hosts' first sight of goal.

The Bees best chance of the half came just before half-time as Cheye Alexander put a wonderful cross into the middle of the box. Simeon Akinola got up so well to meet it but could only direct his header straight at Mitch Walker from close-range. 

Barnet's dominance continued into the second half and Darren Currie's side were again unlucky not to go ahead early on. Tutonda smashed an effort goalwards which Walker saved well, however it rebounded off Kodi Lyons-Foster and unfortunately for the Bees, the deflection dropped just the wrong side of the post.

Callum Reynolds then rose highest from a corner kick and headed wide of the far post - a golden opportunity to open the scoring.

The hosts weren't without their chances in the second period, however, as Ethan Chislett's delicate chip from a tight angle pinged off the crossbar before former Bees forward, Mo Bettamer, directed goalwards following a corner kick, but the Bees defensive line hacked well clear as the game headed into the final 20.

Chislett found space once again inside the Barnet box and H Taylor did brilliantly well to throw his body in the way and relieve the danger before some Scott Loach heroics denied Chislett for a second time.

Neither side could break the deadlock and the ref eventually blew to bring a frustrating 90 minutes to an end.

Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Dunne (C), J Taylor, Akinola, H Taylor, Fonguck (Vilhete 85'), Walker (Mason-Clark 44'), Tutonda (Sparkes 74')

Unused Subs: Azaze, Edwards

TEAM NEWS

Darren Currie named an unchanged starting 11 following three consecutive wins over AFC Fylde, Weymouth and Maidenhead United.

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WHAT IT MEANS

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UP NEXT

The Bees will travel to Meadow Park on New Years Day to face Boreham Wood.

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Ticket News

Ticket Details: Aldershot Town (A)

22 December 2019

The Bees are on their travels next weekend to play their last fixture of 2019 as they face Aldershot Town in Vanarama National League action. Ticket details for the following fixture can be found below.

Fixture: Aldershot Town vs Barnet FC

Date: Saturday 28th December 2019

Kick-Off: 3:00 pm

Ticket Details

  • All AWAY Supporters will enter the ground via Redan Hill to the AWAY stands through turnstiles 11 & 12. This game is segregated.
  • Aldershot are offering special discounts for children under 11 - one accompanied child will receive free entry for any full paying adult. These tickets need to be purchased from the ticket office prior to entry through the turnstiles.
  • Away supporters will be seated in the Away Seating in the South Stand and the Covered Terrace.
  • Tickets are 10% cheaper when bought in advance. These can be bought HERE.

Ticket Prices

Standing       Standing                                  (Pre Booked)            

 Adult            £18.00                                        £16.20     

 Conc            £14.00                                        £12.60     

 Under 18       £5.00                                          £4.50   

 

  • Disabled/Carer should be booked in advance via the ticket office but if you arrive on the day those people need to purchase their ticket from the ticket office. Aldershot has limited wheelchair spaces so they advise supporters to reserve their tickets prior to the game.
  • We like to welcome away supporters into our hospitality lounges, for more details and prices please contact mark.butler@theshots.co.uk.

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