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Match Preview: Hartlepool United (H)

1 February 2020

The Bees will look to make it 11 games unbeaten as we host Hartlepool United in the Vanarama National League. Preview in association with LVBet.

Fixture: Barnet v Hartlepool United

Competition: The Vanarama National League

Kick-Off: 3:00 pm

Date: 1st February 2020

Venue: The Hive London

 

The Bees

Manager: Darren Currie

Form: WWDDD

Top scorer: Simeon Akinola (14 goals)

League position: 13th (43 points)

Darren Currie's Bee's head into another home match in fine form and know that win could see them move above the Pools in the table. The Bees were handed a boost yesterday afternoon, as the bolstered their attacking options with the loan signing of Paul McCallum.

Last time out in the league, the Bees recorded a statement victory away at high flying Bromley. Simeon Akinola and Josh Walker goals wrapped up three crucial points as the play-off charge continues. 

 

The Pools 

Manager: Dave Challinor 

Form: WDDWL

Top scorer: Gime Toure (11 league goals)

League position: 11th (44 points) 

The Pools sit just one point above the Bees in the table, albeit Darren Currie's side have three games in hand on today's visitors. Challinor's side are unbeaten in the league since January 1st, the only side to beat the Pools since then are Oxford United in the FA Cup. 

Last time the two sides met it was the Pools who came out on top as two goals from departed striker Nicke Kambamba secured the points. The Pools are like many teams in the Vanarama National League who will be targetting a play-off spot, so it's set to be an interesting affair when the teams take to the field this afternoon. 

One to watch: Gime Toure 

Since the departure of striker Nicke Kambamba, the Pools now look to Toure to provide them with the goals to push them up towards the play-off places. The powerful centre forward is today's visitor's top scorer and certainly can be a handful for defenders. 

The centre forward joined in the summer of 2019 from fellow National League side Sutton where he scored on four occasions. Toure knows the league well and has also featured for AFC Fylde and Macclesfield. 

 

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Where to follow the action:

If you can't make it to The Hive London, then join Sam Avery and Will Evans for full match commentary. Alternatively, there will be full match updates over on our Twitter account, where you will also find all the post match reaction. 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet FC 2-1 Hartlepool United

1 February 2020

The Bees make it 11 games unbeaten as they defeated Hartlepool United 2-1 in a frantic affair at The Hive London

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The game started quickly with both sides moving the ball well but it was Hartlepool United who had the first shot of the game from Gime Toure who broke away having tackled Charlee Adams but it was Dan Sweeney who ensured the shot was kept away from goal.

The quick pace of the game continued when Sweeney was allowed to carry the ball to the edge of the box where he found Josh Walker whose driven cross along the face of the goal was cleared well away.

There was more good play from the Bees as David Tutonda did well to make it to the byline before putting in a dangerous cross that had to be headed behind for a corner from the Pools defence.

As the game approached the 30th minute, neither side were able to get a foothold in the game and traded possession frequently at the very windy Hive London Stadium.

The Pools' best spell in the first half included a number of crosses coming in from both flanks that were unable to trouble Barnet's number one Scott Loach. 

However, the best chance of the half fell to the away side as Mark Shelton flashed a cross inside the 5-yard box but wasn't able to find anybody to tap it in at the far post.

With the fourth official indicating a minute left for the first half, Barnet broke through the Hartlepool United defence with Tutonda who was seemingly brought down inside the box with strong calls for a penalty to be awarded but the referee waved the appeals away allowing Simeon Akinola to have a shot that was palmed away by Pools' 'Keeper Mitchell Beeney.

Early into the second half, Pools' midfielder Gavan Holohan, who was already on a yellow card, cynically brought down Vilhete and the referee did not hesistate in showing him a red card.

With the one-man advantage, the Bees took the game to Hartlepool United when Vilhete was allowed to run through the defence and shoot from distance. The Pools were unable to clear though as the ball fell to Akinola twice but nothing came of the chance.

Tutonda, who was adventurous throughout the game, made it to the byline once again but his shot could only hit the side netting.

The dangerous Vilhete was brought down once again and Akinola stood over the freekick which hit the crossbar, resulting in a number of chances for the Bees to break the deadlock through a volley from Sweeney and Tutonda from distance.

The eventual corner also caused problems for our opponents as the skipper James Dunne had three shots that were all scrambled away.

In the 60th minute, Darren Currie gave his new signing Paul McCallum his debut and within a minute of coming onto the pitch, he repaid the faith shown by scoring his first Barnet goal to make it 1-0 for his new side after a corner wasn't dealt with by the Hartlepool defence.

With momentum on side with Currie's men, Tutonda's cross found an unmarked Akinola whose shot was superbly hooked away off of the line.

The Bees' were dealt with a sucker punch in the 75th minute as Hartlepool equalised after an unfortunate mis-header from Sweeney who diverted a dangerous cross into his own net.

Currie's side remained positive despite the equaliser and quickly made it 2-1 after McCallum did brilliantly to wrestle the ball back off of the Hartlepool United defender and square the ball to Akinola who did well to slot home into the bottom corner whilst under pressure from the Pools defence.  This made it a goal and an assist for the new signing McCallum.

Barnet were able to see the game out comfortably with only a corner in injury time that caused any danger to the Bees defence but McCallum was able to head clear the ball away at the near post.

Starting XI: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Dunne (C), Adams, Akinola (Sparkes 87'), Vilhete, Walker (McCallum 61'), Tutonda, Sweeney

Unused Subs: Azaze, Fonguck, McBurnie

Att: 1,321

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STAT ATTACK

Having gone 11 games unbeaten, the Bees have matched their longest unbeaten run since 1999, a run that Darren Currie featured in all 11 games himself and are now only 4 points off the play-off places.

UP NEXT 

The Bees will be at The Hive London once again as they face Barrow AFC in the Third Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy on Saturday 8th February.

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