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Match Preview: AFC Fylde (H)

7 December 2019

The Bees host AFC Fylde at The Hive London, as we look to build on our emphatic home win last time out against Ebbsfleet United.

The Facts

Nickname: The Coasters 

Manager: Jim Bentley

Stadium: Mill Farm

League Position: 18th


Form Guide:

AFC Fylde Last 5 = W4 D L1

Kingstonian 0-2 AFC Fylde (FA Cup)

Wrexham 0-1 AFC Fylde

AFC Fylde 3-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Solihull Moors 3-1 AFC Fylde

Nantwich Town 0-1 AFC Fylde (FA Cup)


Barnet FC Last 5 = W2 D0 L3


Barnet FC 5-2 Ebbsfleet United

Barrow AFC 2-1 Barnet FC

Barnet FC 1-2 Stockport County

Barnet FC 0-2 Fleetwood Town (FA Cup)

Barnet FC 2-1 Chorley FC


The Opposition:

The Coasters have so far struggled in the league with a lack of consistency being one of their key problems, but their form has improved after the appointment of Jim Bentley.

Fylde still remains in the FA Cup despite being one of the lowest-ranked sides in the competition and have been drawn to face Premier League side Sheffield United in the Third Round.

The away sides most recent league fixture saw them run out 1-0 winners over Wrexham with Danny Philliskirk’s 30th minute goal being the decisive factor in gaining all three points for the Coasters.


The Gaffer: Jim Bentley

A centre-back, Jim Bentley spent his youth career with Manchester City before making his debut for Telford United where he spent five years. In 2002, Bentley moved to Morecambe where he made just under 300 appearances and was made player-manager in 2011.


In June 2018, Bentley became the longest-serving manager in the top four tiers of English football until he resigned from his position to become the manager of AFC Fylde where has won four and only lost once in the seven games he has managed.


One to Watch: Danny Rowe 

Danny Rowe, having only signed in 2014, is AFC Fylde’s record all-time goalscorer and still impresses week-in week-out with his performances for his local side.

After being promoted with the Coasters to the National League, the step-up was certainly not too much for him to handle as he scored an impressive 24 goals in all competitions.

This season, Rowe has scored 8 goals in all competitions and will be a tough test for the Bees defence.


Where to Watch:

You can follow the action live on BT Sport from 17:00 ahead of the 17:20 kick-off at The Hive London. Otherwise, you can join Sam Avery and Will Evans for live commentary over on iBarnet.

There will be live minute by minute updates over on our Twitter account, where you will also be able to find all the post-match reaction.

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet 2-1 AFC Fylde

7 December 2019

The Bees snatched all three points right at the death to seal back to back National League victories. Simeon Akinola's late header sealed the points after Jack Taylor and Danny Rowe strikes had the teams deadlocked.


The Bees started the better of the sides and almost took the lead when Josh Walker's powerful strike went just wide of the far post. 

It was Walker involved again as he headed straight at Sam Hornby after Simeon Akinola's strike deflected into his path. 

13 minutes in and it was the Coasters turn to threaten to take the lead, as first Ryan Croasdale saw a shot blocked, before Scott Loach saved from Danny Rowe.

Straight back up the other end, the returning Cheye Alexander saw an effort comfortably saved by Hornby, but it looked as though the Bees started where they left off against Ebbsfleet. 

Midway through the half J Taylor tried his luck with an effort from distance, but again Hornby was equal to it. Up the other end, Dan Bradley's deflected effort has to be saved well by Loach. 

With eight minutes to go before the break the Bees took the lead, as the ball broke through for Jack Taylor, he lashed his effort into the corner to put us ahead. It was the Irishman's eighth goal of the season and it was another super strike to add to his collection. 

Darren Currie's side had a golden chance to double their lead as J Taylor skipped into the area and through on goal, however, he tried to find Walker allowing Fylde to hack clear. It was unselfish play from our number seven, but it really was an opening the Bees should have taken. 

Into the second half and it was J Taylor with the first effort of the period, his strike from 20 yards out was saved by Hornby. 

The Irishman was running the show, with 55 minutes on the clock he unleashed a powerful effort from distance, which Hornby had to turn round for a corner. 

But against the run of play, the Coasters levelled as the dangerous Rowe fired home from a free-kick to level things up with an hour played. 

On the 77th minute, the ground rose as one to remember Billy Meadows who sadly passed away earlier this week. A touching moment at The Hive London to remember a Bees great.

Into the final 10 minutes and the Bees continued to dominate the possession but the ball just wouldn't fall for Currie's side. 

Sparkes sent in a superb delivery from a corner but it was flicked across the goal and just clear. 

There was a succession of corner kicks but the Coasters continued to stand firm as stoppage time approached. 

A last-ditch challenge from Callum Reynolds kept the scores level as the clock ticked into three minutes of added time. 

But there was to be a late twist as Akinola powered in a header from a Sparkes corner to snatch a deserved three points for the Bees. 

Barnet XI: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Dunne (C), J Taylor, Akinola, H Taylor, Fonguck (Adams '90+3), Walker (Vilhete '84), Tutonda (Sparkes '77). 


ATT: 661


Cheye Alexander came in for the injured Dan Sweeney, meanwhile, there was a return to the bench for Dan Sparkes.



The Bees now move back into the top half of the Vanarama National League table following today's victory. We now find ourselves just 4 points off those play-off places. 

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The Bees will now turn their attentions to FA Trophy action as we host Weymouth in the First Round next Saturday.

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