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21 December 2019 Venue York Road Attendance

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Match Preview: Maidenhead United (A)

21 December 2019

The Bees will look to make it three league wins on the spin as they face Maidenhead United in the Vanarama National League.

Nickname: The Magpies 

Manager: Alan Devonshire 

Stadium: York Road

League Position: 16th 

 

Form Guide:

Maidenhead United Last 5 = W3 D0 L2

Maidenhead United 4-2 Hemel Hempstead (FA Trophy)

Dagenham & Redbridge 1-2 Maidenhead United

Maidenhead United 0-4 Barrow AFC

Dover Athletic 3-4 Maidenhead United

Maidenhead United 2-3 Woking

 

Barnet FC Last 5 = W3 D0 L2

Barnet FC 1(3)-1(4) Staines Town (Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup)

Barnet FC 2-1 Weymouth (FA Trophy)

Barnet FC 2-1 AFC Fylde

Barnet FC 5-2 Ebbsfleet United

Barrow AFC 2-1 Barnet FC

 

The Bees:

Barnet come into this fixture on the back of some positive form in the league and in the FA Trophy. The Bees have won their last two league games and secured their place in the Second Round of the FA Trophy last week.

A young side took the field on Tuesday night and looked to have secured a pass into the next round of the Middlesex Senior Challenge Cup until Staines Town equalised with just seven minutes left to play. However, the Bees’ form prior to this fixture had been positive having beaten Weymouth in the FA Trophy where Currie’s side will now face Farsley Celtic in January. Currie’s side also secured three points over AFC Fylde and Ebbsfleet United, the latter with an emphatic victory.

 

The Opposition:

The Magpies have identical form to the Bees in the last five fixtures and will be hoping to improve on their poor home form so far this season which has seen them only win two games out of the 13 they have played at York Road. Devonshire’s side are currently sitting 16th in the league and only five points above the relegation zone.

Their most recent result came in the FA Trophy against Hemel Hempstead which was a hard-fought game but two goals in the 72nd and 74th minute ensured that the home side secured their place in the Second Round.

 

The Gaffer: Alan Devonshire

Alan Devonshire had a lengthy career throughout the mid 70s and through to 1990 with West Ham United, making over 350 appearances for the Hammers where he won the FA Cup in 1980. He left West Ham in 1990 and joined Watford where he finished his career. Over his playing career, he earned eight England caps.

He had managed Maidenhead United previously between 1996 and 2003 as well as Hampton & Richmond Borough and Braintree Town before returning to the Magpies in 2015 where he has managed since.

 

One to Watch: Daniel Whitehall

Daniel Whitehall has been in fine form for Maidenhead United having scored nine goals so far this season. He signed for the Magpies in the summer of 2019 having made a name for himself in the United States.

The former Liverpool, Rochdale, Southport and Marine forward will certainly look to add to his goals throughout the season as he continues to excite the Maidenhead fans.

 

Where to Watch:

If you’re not making the trip to York Road, you can listen to full match commentary on iBarnet with Sam Avery and Will Evans.

Alternatively, there will be full text updates over on Twitter account, where you will also find all the reaction after the full time whistle.

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Maidenhead United 1-4 Barnet

21 December 2019

Goals from Simeon Akinola, David Tutonda and Cheye Alexander secured all 3 points at York Road as the Bees overcame Maidenhead United 4-1.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Darren Currie's side started the more positive of the two teams and passed up a couple of opportunities to take the lead within 15 minutes.

Walker had a shot from inside the box blocked just a few minutes in before Fonguck rounded the 'keeper and looked to cut back for Akinola on 12 minutes, but it just missed the latter and the Magpies cleared their lines on both occasions.

But as the game approached the half-an-hour mark, the hosts took the lead through Josh Kelly. Against the run of play, the ball was lofted through to the Magpies number 10 who made no mistake to loft over the on-rushing Scott Loach. 

It didn't take the Bees long to level proceedings however as James Dunne had a shot on goal handled inside the Maidenhead area - the referee with no choice but to award a penalty. Despite a long wait, Akinola made no mistake to slot into the bottom left corner from the spot.

And from then on, the Bees found their stride and went ahead as the half-time whistle loomed. A sweeping move in the final third found the feet of Akinola who in turn flicked through for Tutonda to smash across goal, into the bottom right corner - a goal that would give the Bees a deserved lead at the break.

The Bees flew out of the traps in the second half and added their third of the afternoon just two minutes in.

A swift counter-attack worked it's way to Alexander at the far post, and calm as you like, the Bees number 2 slotted into the bottom left corner to score his first goal of the season.

In search of a response, the Magpies came closest through their number 9, Jake Cassidy. The big man took hold on the edge of the box, but could only fire wide on the turn to the relief of a diving Loach.

Callum Reynolds was inches from putting the game well and truly to bed as he got up to meet a powerful corner kick - his header, however, crashed onto the crossbar.

The hosts were given a golden opportunity to pull one back with just minutes on the clock as Cassidy earned his side a penalty. Loach, however, flew to his right to deny Danny Whitehall from the penalty spot.

And Currie's side punished the Magpies by adding their fourth of the afternoon right at the death, as Akinola smashed home a smart cut-back from J Taylor, capping a fantastic all-round performance from the Bees.

Team

Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Dunne, J Taylor, Akinola (Edwards, 90+4), H Taylor, Fonguck (Adams, 69'), Walker (Vilhete, 86'), Tutonda.

Unused Subs: Azaze, Chime.

TEAM NEWS

Darren Currie named an unchanged XI from the team beat both AFC Fylde and Weymouth, whilst Barnet FC Academy products Okem Chime and Ronnie Edwards earned themselves a place on the bench.

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WHAT IT MEANS

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UP NEXT

The Bees are back on home soil as we welcome Boreham Wood to The Hive London on Boxing Day.

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Ticket News

Ticket details: Maidenhead United (A)

18 December 2019

Ahead of our trip to York Road to take on Maidenhead United on Saturday we have all the relevant ticketing information.

There is no segregation at this Saturday's fixture and as such Bees fans can view the game from any area of the stadium. 

Tickets can be purchased in advance from the Magpies website or they are available on the day at the turnstiles (cash only). 

Ticket prices are as follows: 

Adult

£15.00

Concession (Senior Citizen/Student)

£10.00

Under 16

£5.00

We look forward to seeing and hearing the Bee Army at this Saturday's game. 

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