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Kick off 19:45 (UK)

28 January 2020 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

Kick off 19:45 (UK)

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Farsley Celtic

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Farsley Celtic (H)

28 January 2020

The Bees will look to make it 10 games unbeaten in all competitions, as they host Farsley Celtic in an FA Trophy Second Round replay at The Hive London this evening.

Fixture: Barnet vs Farsley Celtic

Competition: Buildbase FA Trophy

Kick-Off: 19:45

Date: Tuesday 28 January 2020

Venue: The Hive London

The Bees

Manager: Darren Currie


Top scorer: Simeon Akinola (14 goals)

The Bees are in a good patch form heading into tonight's rearranged clash with Farsley Celtic, they make their return to The Hive London 10 games unbeaten in all competitions. Arguably the most impressive result of that run came last time out when Currie's side took all three points against high flying Bromley. Simeon Akinola and Josh Walker provided the goals in a crucial league win at Hayes Lane, but attentions now turn to ensure we progress into the Third Round of the FA Trophy this evening. 

In this evening's reverse fixture, the Bees were held to a 1-1 draw at the Citadel, as Simeon Akinola's early strike was cancelled out by a Tyler Walton finish in the early stages of the second half. 

Farsley Celtic

Nickname: The Celt Army 

Manager: Adam Lakeland 

Stadium: The Citadel 

Top Scorer: Will Hayhurst

Tonight's visitors have only won one of their previous five matches and are winless in their last four outings in all competitions. The Celt Army currently sit mid-table in the National League North after making an impressive start to the season following promotion in their last campaign. They drew 1-1 on Saturday afternoon in their last match, as Danny Ellis' late thunderbolt snatched a point for Lakeland's side. 

Last season was one to remember for tonight's hosts as they secured promotion as Champions from the Evo-Stik Northern Premier Division. They went up with a total of 90 points, three points clear of their nearest challengers in what was a rollercoaster campaign for the Yorkshire based side. They have adjusted to life well in the Vanarama National League North and will be looking for back-to-back promotions if they can turn a few more draws into wins. 

The Gaffer: Adam Lakeland 

Adam Lakeland has had a short but successful career in football that started with managing Curzon Ashton who he gained promotion with to the National League North. He then spent time working with the Blackburn Rovers academy before becoming Northwich Victoria manager who he guided to the EVO-STIK Division One Play-offs, despite the side having a nine-point deduction.

In 2017, he signed as the manager for the Celt Army where in his first season, he saw his side lift the West Riding County FA Cup and in the following season they became Northern Premier Division Champions.

One to Watch: Will Hayhurst            

Hayhurst is the hosts' top goalscorer in the Vanarama National League North so far this season, with eight goals to his name. Hayhurst is no stranger to league football, having previously had spells at the likes of Preston North End, York City, and Notts County. He had a brief spell with Warrington before joining Farsley Celtic in the summer of 2018.

Where to follow the action:

There will be full match commentary on iBarnet with Sam Avery and Will Evans.

Alternatively, you can follow text updates of every kick over on our official Twitter account. Keep an eye across social media for behind the scenes access and all the post-match reaction from Darren Currie.

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Match Reports

Barnet 2-0 Farsley Celtic

28 January 2020

The Bees secured their place into the next round of the Buildbase FA Trophy after defeating Farsley Celtic 2-0 on Tuesday night.

As It Happened:

The Bees kicked off the game at a bitterly cold Hive London with the opening minutes being dominated by Barnet possession. 

In the 12th minute, Charlee Adams had the first opportunity of the game shooting from just outside of the box only to be confidently punched away by Farsley Celtic 'Keeper Elliott Wynne.

The Celt Army were able to counter-attack and Tyler Walton, whose goal secured a replay for his side up at The Citadel, weaved through the Barnet defence but could only put his shot wide of the post.

A better spell of possession for the Bees came from an inch-perfect pass by skipper James Dunne to the feet of Simeon Akinola but the Farsley Celtic defence were quick to close the forward down.

The Celt Army weren't without their chances with Jack Higgins audaciously attempting an overhead kick with the ball finding him in the box.

The best chance of the half fell to the Bees however, when Fonguck slipped the ball through to Josh Walker who lifted it over Wynne but Higgins made it back in time to clear the goal-bound ball.

In the second half, the Bees started with plenty of attacking intent having two good chances within the first three minutes, the first falling to Fonguck, whose effort bent just inches past the post. The second, Dan Sparkes was just able to get a shot away whilst falling inside the penalty area but Wynne calmly parried the ball away.

With the pressure mounting on the Farsley Celtic defence, Higgins brought down Akinola and Barnet were awarded another freekick in a good position.

On the anniversary of his infamous freekick against Brentford last season, Sparkes cleverly dispatched the freekick low into the Farsley net to break the deadlock.

With momentum on their side, the Bees relentlessly kept the pressure on the Celt Army with chances coming from Walker and Mauro Vilhete before a rare chance for Dan Sweeney whose half volley forced Wynne into an impressive save.

In the following ten minutes, the away side were the better of the two teams having a number of chances that troubled Darren Currie's side.

Farsley Celtic broke away with Walton causing the problems for the Bees defence once again but a well-timed challenge from Adams ensured that the score remained 1-0.

Barnet 'Keeper Scott Loach was tested for the first time of the night after a dangerous shot following a short-corner routine from Farsley Celtic's number nine, James Spencer.

Another chance for the National League North side came after a high cross that appeared to clear everyone but Elliott Johnson had to place his body on the line to block a shot that looked to be a certain goal.

In the last ten minutes of the game, a ball that seemed impossible to be kept in was by the Celt Army winger whose cross was cleared into the path of Spencer and he rattled the crossbar past a beaten Loach.

However, the game was put to bed in the 87th minute when Josh Walker tapped the ball home from five yards after Sparkes cut the ball back across the face of goal, meaning he secured both a goal and assist this evening.

The Bees were able to close out the final minutes of the game to secure their place in the next round of the Buildbase FA Trophy.

Loach, Johnson, Dunne (C), Adams, Sparkes, Akinola (Mason-Clark 68'), Fonguck (Alexander 78'), Vilhete, Elito, Walker (Edwards 88'), Sweeney

Unused Subs: Azaze, Tutonda, Box, Hernandez

What It Means:

The Bees have secured their place into the Third Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy and will face Barrow AFC on February 8th at The Hive London. 

What's Next:

The Bees will turn their attentions back to Vanarama National League action as they host Hartlepool United on Saturday 1st February.

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Ticket News

Ticket Details: Farsley Celtic (H)

12 January 2020

We face Farsley Celtic this Tuesday night (14th January), for our Second Round Replay in this season's Buildbase FA Trophy. Ticket details for the home tie can be found below.

Fixture: Barnet vs Farsley Celtic

Date: Tuesday 14th January 2020

Kick-Off: 19:45

Competition: Buildbase FA Trophy

Venue: The Hive London

Ticket Prices

Adult £15
Concession (Over 65 & Under 21) £10
Under 17 £1

The North, South and East stands will all be closed for this fixture. 

There will be no segregation.

Tickets can be bought on the day or online, HERE.

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