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Match Previews

Match Preview: Barrow AFC (H)

8 February 2020

The Bees host National League table toppers Barrow AFC for a place in the last eight of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Fixture: Barnet FC v Barrow AFC

Competition: Buildbase FA Trophy - Third Round

Kick-Off: 3:00 pm

Date: 8th February 2020

Venue: The Hive London

The Bees

Manager: Darren Currie


Top Scorer: Simeon Akinola (15 Goals)

Having beaten Farsley Celtic in a Second-Round replay, the Bees will face Barrow AFC in the Third Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday. Both sides come into this one knowing they are potentially three matches from Wembley. 

After a 2-1 victory over Hartlepool United, Darren Currie's side made it 11 games without loss, their best run of form since the late 1990s. A win against the Bluebirds would better that, but the Bees will have to look to the early 90s for their best unbeaten run, where they went 17 without loss. 

Paul McCallum, who is cup-tied for this afternoon's clash kicked off his Bees career with a goal and an assist on his debut last weekend. Currie will turn to Simeon Akinola and Josh Walker to continue their fine form as the Bees seek progression to the quarter-finals. 

Barrow AFC

Nickname: The Bluebirds

Manager: Ian Evatt

Stadium: Holker Street


Top Scorer: Scott Quigley (18 goals)

The Bluebirds have been in impressive form throughout this season as they currently sit top of the Vanarama National League table and have so far had a successful campaign in the FA Trophy. However, Evatt's side suffered defeat in their last outing, as they fell to a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Dover Athletic. The Bluebirds have won just one of their last six matches away from home. 

In the first round, Ian Evatt’s side were drawn against Atherton Collieries who took the favourites to a replay with a 2-2 draw, but the Bluebirds were eventually able to get past them, defeating them 2-0 at home.

In the second round, the Bluebirds hosted FC United of Manchester and left that fixture with a much more convincing win, with that fixture finishing 7-0.

The Gaffer

Ian Evatt, the central midfielder turned central defender, had a career spanning 19 years playing for teams such as Derby County, QPR, Blackpool and Chesterfield and amassed over 500 appearances in that time.

Five years on from his return to Chesterfield where he had previously played earlier in his career, he was made caretaker manager of the side following the departure of Jack Lester but inevitably, his side were relegated. In June 2018, he was announced as the manager of the Bluebirds and officially retired in July 2019 after making an appearance, solicited by fans retweeting a tweet 1,000 times, in a friendly against his former side Blackpool.

One to Watch: Scott Quigley

Forward Scott Quigley has been instrumental in the Bluebirds’ rise up the league table having scored 18 goals and leading the race for National League top scorer. Quigley’s career started off at The New Saints before being brought by Blackpool United where a series of loan spells followed at Wrexham, Port Vale and Halifax Town.

This summer, however, Barrow were able to secure the forward on a three-year-deal having impressed at other National League rivals. His style of play has been noted as someone who despite being 6 foot 4, has a lot of pace and prefers to play with the ball at his feet.

What Currie said:

The gaffer gives a full injury update and gives his thoughts ahead of this afternoon's cup tie below.


Where to follow the action: 

If you can't make it down to The Hive this afternoon then you can tune into iBarnet commentary with Sam Avery and Adam Fowler from 14:55.

Alternatively, there will be full match text updates over on our Twitter account, where you will also find the team news and all the post-match reaction. 

Tickets are available on the day and it's only one pound for Under 17s! Come on down and cheer the Bees on as we look to progress into the last eight! 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet 3-0 Barrow

8 February 2020

The Bee's cruised to a 3-0 victory over Barrow AFC on Saturday as Darren Currie's side progress onto the Quarter Finals of the Buildbase FA Trophy.


It was a cagey opening ten minutes into the game as both teams were unable to take ahold of the game.

In the 12th minute, debutant Xander McBurnie cleared well away and Simeon Akinola was able to get onto the loose ball and bare down on goal before crossing it back to McBurnie who was unable to get his shot on target.

Neither side was able to control possession with disappointing passing dominating the early proceedings with what could only be described as a scrappy affair.

The best chance of the half fell to Oliver Dyson whose powerful shot from close range was well saved by the Bees' ever-reliable 'Keeper Scott Loach.

It was much the same for the rest of the half with Barnet unable to create any chances as a relentless Barrow side were quick to close down and prevent any flow to the Bees' game.

Into the second half, Barnet started off the quickest as Akinola pounced onto a rare defensive mistake by the Bluebirds but his shot was frustratingly inches wide of the far post.

In the 57th minute, Lewis Hardcastle came close to breaking the deadlock as his well-struck shot from distance rattled the crossbar, via the fingertips of Bees stopper Loach. The Bees looked to counter on Barrow who were out of shape but Walker couldn't control the pass from Akinola.

However, the game finally burst into life as right-back Cheye Alexander found himself high up the pitch, dummied a tackle from the incoming defender and slotted it past the Barrow 'Keeper Luke Simpson to make it 1-0.

The referee had only just blown his whistle to restart the game when the Bees took possession back up the pitch and found Akinola, who in trademark fashion made space for himself and stabbed the ball home to make it 2-0 to the Bees and 16 goals in all competitions. 

It seemed that the floodgates had opened for Darren Currie's side as Josh Walker walked the ball into the Bluebirds' penalty area, beat his man cleverly and slotted the ball comfortably past Simpson to make it 3-0 to the home side.

There was more good news for Darren Currie as for the final 15 minutes, Ricardo Santos made a welcome return to the team after a lengthy injury had kept the defender sidelined.

The Bees managed the rest of the game well, preventing any danger from the side that sit top of the Vanarama National League table and cruised comfortably through to Fourth Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Starting XI: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Adams, Akinola, McBurnie (Elito 52'), Vilhete, Walker (Santos 76'), Tutonda, Sweeney (Edwards 87').

Unused Subs: Azaze, Sparkes, Fonguck.




The Bees progress through to the Quarter Finals of the FA Trophy with the draw due to take place on Monday.


The Bee's turn their attentions back to Vanarama National League action as they face Solihull Moors this Tuesday 11th February.

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