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29 February 2020 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

Kick off 15:00 (UK)

Barnet
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Halesowen Town

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Halesowen Town (H)

29 February 2020

The Bees take on Halesowen Town in the last eight of the Buildbase FA Trophy at The Hive London.

Fixture Details:

Barnet vs Halesowen Town

Saturday, 29th February 2020

15:00

The Hive London 

Buildbase FA Trophy 

The Bees

Manager: Darren Currie

Form: WWWLW 

League Position: 12th (49 points)

Top Scorer: Simeon Akinola (16 goals)

The Bees have reached this stage thanks to wins over Weymouth, Farsley Celtic and Barrow AFC. Currie's side have played at home in each round and have been on the road to Farsley Celtic which went to a replay. Currie will be hoping his side can use home advantage and progress into the semi-finals.  

Currie's side showed a different side to their game on Saturday as they rolled their sleeves up to grind out an important three points against a determined Chorley side. However, in this formidable run, the Bees have shown they can score goals for fun, as well as being defensively stable at the back. The impact of McCallum has been influential to Currie's side and the number 15 has scored two goals in as many matches since pulling on a Bees shirt.

The last time the Bees suffered defeat on home turf was way back in November when Stockport scored late to snatch all three points against Currie's side. Since then the Bees have remained unbeaten on home soil and picked up some memorable results along the way, none more so than the 3-0 victory over National League leaders Barrow in the FA Trophy. 

The Yeltz 

Manager: Paul Smith

Stadium: The Grove

Form: WWWWW

Southern League Position: 1st (60 points)

The Yeltz have enjoyed a successful campaign thus far and have only lost twice in the league all season. They sit two points clear at the top of the league with games in hand on those below them in the table. Their FA Trophy campaign has been equally impressive and they have dumped out two sides from the Bees division already, beating Maidenhead United and FC Halifax Town on their way to the last eight.

Halesowen Town will be backed by sizeable travelling support and they will be hoping to make the Bees their latest cup upset. The Yeltz have scored goals for fun this season and look certainties to secure promotion at the end of the season. They sit 3 tiers below Darren Currie's side, but there can be no room for complacency come 15:00.

Top scorer: Montel Gibson (30 goals)

Gibson is by far the Yeltz's top scorer and has netted 30 goals so far this term. He will certainly be the dangerman for the visitors and he'll be hoping to add to his impressive tally. The 22-year-old started his career at Notts County, before a succession of non-league loans followed. Gibson made five senior appearances for the Magpies before making a permanent transfer to Ilkeston Town where he scored 14 goals in 28 appearances. The striker then went on to play for Redditch United and Bedworth United, before making the move to the Black Country at the beginning of the season. 

What Currie said:

Ticket details: 

Tickets are available on the day of the match, either in person from the relevant ticket office or online.

If you are planning on purchasing in person, on the day of the match we advise arriving early to avoid any potential queues. We are expecting more on the day sales than usual, so please arrive early to ensure easy entry to the stadium. 

Where to follow the action: 

If you are not coming to The Hive London to cheer on the Bees. There will be full match commentary over on iBarnet from approximately 14:55. 

Alternatively, there will be full live text updates over on our Twitter account. The story of the day, including behind the scenes content will be over on our Instagram channel. You will also find all the post-match reaction across our social media channels. 

 

 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet 1-2 Halesowen Town

29 February 2020

The Bees exit the FA Trophy at the quarter-final stage after Halesowen snatched victory in extra time.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The opening 15 minutes was a cagey affair with neither side testing the opposing keeper. Cheye Alexander created the best opening but nobody could get on the end of his cross. 

Dan Sweeney sent in a powerful drive towards goal, only to see his effort well blocked by Josh Hawker. Josh Walker was next to go close as he poked an effort into the gloves of Bunn at the near post. 

Up the other end, Ricardo Santos made a goal-saving tackle just as Montel Gibson was going to fire towards goal. 

Both sides continued to come forward in the driving London rain, but with conditions playing a factor, chances were at a premium at The Hive. 

The best chance of the half fell to Simeon Akinola as the ball fell to him six yards from goal, but he couldn't generate any sort of power to trouble Bunn.

In tricky conditions, the sides went in level at the break with neither side able to make that elusive breakthrough.

Into the second half and the first opening fell the way of David Tutonda, but he slipped and fired his effort wide of the near post. 

The Bees started the half the better as they looked to get on the front foot and gain the advantage over their lower league opponents. Alexander tried his luck 10 minutes into the second half but his drive from the edge of the area was well held by Bunn in the visitor's goal. 

With an hour on the clock Walker brilliantly cut inside his man, but his curling effort flew wide of the far post. It was Walker involved again as he skipped past his man but fired wide at the near post. 

The mounting pressure from the Bees finally told as Josh Walker bundled home from Simeon Akinola's cutback. It was a goal that was very much deserved following a bright start to the second half. 

The Yeltz looked to find an equaliser and despite plenty of endeavor, they couldn't create a clear cut opening against a strong defensive Bees unit. 

The Bees continued to dictate the tempo of the match as it entered the final 10 minutes and kept possession well as they looked for an important second goal. 

The Yeltz first opening came with nine minutes left as Ali headed wide from eight yards out, after a good delivery from the left-hand side. 

With five minutes left of normal time remaining the visitors did equalise as Yates bundled home to level the scores. 

With just two minutes left Santos made a crucial challenge to deflect Cobourne's effort from six yards out. The visitors sensing blood as the match approached added time. 

There was late drama as it appeared that Halesowen had been awarded a 95th penalty, but on consultation with his linesman, a free-kick was awarded. The free-kick came to nothing and we entered extra time.

The opening period of extra time was one of few chances, the best opening fell to Callum Reynolds as he saw a powerful header deflected behind for a corner. 

The Bees dominated the first period of extra time but couldn't breakdown a resolute Yeltz side.

The first chance of the second period of extra-time fell to Medy Elito as he connected with Tutonda's cutback, but his effort was well saved by Bunn. 

But the Bees pressure was undone by a set-piece, as Cobourne ghosted in and tapped home from a yard out, after an initial header cannoned off the crossbar. 

The goal knocked the stuffing out of Currie's side and we couldn't create the opening to send the match to spot-kicks. 

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Santos, Dunne, Akinola (Elito 80'), Vilhete (Fonguck 56'(Adams 113')), Walker, Tutonda ( Sparkes 111'), Sweeney.

Unused Subs: Matrevics, McBurnie, Taylor

ATT: 1483

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Ticket News

Ticket Details: Halesowen Town

14 February 2020

Ticket details for our upcoming Buildbase FA Trophy fixture against Halesowen Town on Saturday 29th February, 3pm KO are now available.

Once again ticket prices have been frozen for this Quarter-Final fixture, with under 17s tickets costing just a pound! 

Ticket prices are as follows:

Adult £15
Concession* £10
Under-17 £1

*Concessions include fans aged 17-21 and 65+. ID must be shown for concessionary tickets.

This game will be segregated, with the Legends Stand and East Stand block B open to home fans.

Halesowen Town fans will be housed in blocks A/B/C of the North Stand.

BFC Members can reserve their seat until 9:00 am on Monday 24th February. 

We can't wait to see you all at The Hive as our FA Trophy campaign continues!

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