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Match Preview: FC Halifax Town (H)

4 January 2020

The Bees welcome FC Halifax Town to The Hive on Saturday as Darren Currie’s side look to secure their first win of the New Year. Below you can find our match preview in partnership with LV Bet.

Nickname: The Shaymen

 

The Stadium: The Shay

 

Manager: Pete Wild

 

Position: 9th

 

Form Guide:

 

Barnet FC Last 5 = W3 D2 L0

 

Boreham Wood 0-0 Barnet FC

Aldershot Town 0-0 Barnet FC

Maidenhead 1-4 Barnet FC

Barnet 2-1 Weymouth (FA Trophy)

Barnet FC 2-1 AFC Fylde 

 

Halifax Town FC Last 5 = W2 D1 L2

 

FC Halifax Town 0-0 Stockport 

FC Halifax Town 1-0 Chesterfield 

Stockport 5-1 FC Halifax Town

Halifax Town 2-4 Notts County 

FC Halifax Town 4-0 Wrexham (FA Trophy)

 

The Bees

 

The Bees head into this fixture on the back of two draws over the festive period and are now undefeated in their last six.

 

In the most recent fixture against local rivals Boreham Wood, Darren Currie's side created chances but were unable to break the deadlock and had to settle for a draw on the day.

 

Barnet will look to this fixture knowing that three points will bring them closer to reaching the desired play-off places.

 

The Opposition

 

The Shaymen currently sit ninth in the table and just three points above the Bees having played one more game.

 

Pete Wild’s side only managed a 0-0 draw in their last fixture against Stockport County which was much improved on the reverse fixture a week earlier where they lost 5-1. 

 

Much like Barnet, FC Halifax are on the cusp of reaching the play-offs with numerous other sides and will also be looking to take that one step closer to the top seven.

 

The Gaffer: Pete Wild 

 

Wild was introduced to the world of football playing at the amateur level until when at 18, he took up coaching. He was appointed by Oldham Athletic where he worked for 10 years before being made interim manager in 2018. 

 

He accomplished a famous FA Cup win over Fulham in that time before stepping down, only to be reappointed as permanent manager in March 2019, but stepped down in May 2019 whereafter he was appointed by the Shaymen.

 

One to Watch: Liam McAlinden

 

Liam McAlinden is FC Halifax Towns top goal scorer this season and has apparently caught the eye of a number of football league sides. 

 

The 26-year-old started his career with Wolverhampton Wanderers where he was loaned out to Shrewsbury Town, Fleetwood Town and Crawley Town. He eventually signed for Exeter City, but again, was released and picked up by Cheltenham Town who loaned him out to Brackley Town and Kidderminster Harriers.

 

At the beginning of the 2019/20 season, McAlinden signed for FC Halifax Town and has scored 10 goals this season.

 

Coverage

Full iBarnet commentary will be available with Sam Avery and Will Evans as well as minute-by-minute updates via our official Twitter account, @BarnetFC.

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet FC 1-1 FC Halifax Town

4 January 2020

The Bees extended their unbeaten run to seven matches as they fought back to draw with FC Halifax Town in a frantic contest at The Hive London.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The Bees almost took the lead inside a minute as Jack Barham stung the palms of Sam Johnson in the Halifax goal. 

Up the other end, Harry Taylor made a superb clearance as Jamie Allen fired a dangerous ball across the goal. Had it not been for that vital intervention, it surely would have been 1-0 to the visitors. 

It was Harry Taylor again to the rescue as his last-ditch challenge denied Jeff King a shot on goal from six yards out. Moments later Scott Loach made a simple stop from Josh Staunton's header. 

The Bees looked threatening themselves and had half chances through Barham and Wes Fonguck. 

But with 21 minutes gone, we were inches away from the breakthrough, as Fonguck rolled it to Jack Taylor who unleashed a powerful strike that struck the bar via the fingertips of Johnson. 

However, it was the Shaymen who took the lead as Jack Redshaw who found himself at the back post and tapped home. It was cruel on the Bees after they looked like they were getting on top. 

Just three minutes later Darren Currie's side should have been level as Cheye Alexander picked out a superb cross that left the goal gaping for Simeon Akinola. Our number 14 didn't quite make the correct contact and his effort somehow went over the crossbar. 

The next ten minutes saw the game become cagey as the visitors tried to slow the tempo. The Bees were trying their best to get themselves back into the contest but the Shaymen continued to stand firm. 

With 9 minutes to go before the break, Loach was called into action as he saved well from Redshaw's strike from the corner of the area after he did well to work the space. 

On 41 minutes Fonguck drove an effort from distance that flashed past the post, in what was the last chance of the half. 

Currie made two changes at the break as Mauro Vilhete and Ephron Mason-Clark replaced Barham and Alexander. Vilhete was involved instantly winning a free-kick for his side which was headed wide by Callum Reynolds. 

Tutonda put in a superb cross but it was inches away from the onrushing Bees attackers, Jack Taylor came the closest to it. 

12 minutes into the half and the Bees were deservedly level as Jack Taylor poked home Mason-Clark's delightful crossed ball. It was no less than the Bees deserved after a strong start to the second half. 

Fonguck saw an effort blocked on the edge of the box as the Bees continued to up the pressure on the Shaymen. Currie's side had the momentum but found a gritty Shaymen team desperate for the points themselves. 

With 20 minutes to play Akinola came inches away from giving us the lead as he diverted Mason-Clark's cross just wide of the right-hand post. 

Mason-Clark was pulling the strings and looked to be a man in confidence, he fizzed a dangerous cross into the area but agonisingly there was no one on the end of it. 

Up the other end, it was the visitor's turn to go close as McAlinden's effort went just wide of the post and evaded the onrushing Tobi Sho-Silva. 

Currie's side continued to get into promising positions but that final touch of fortune was missing as we continued to pile on the pressure on the Shaymen. 

As added time approached Jack Taylor put in a brilliant cross and the oncoming Dan Sparkes couldn't quite get on the end of it. 

 

 

Barnet: Loach, Alexander (Vilhete 45'), Johnson, Reynolds, Dunne, J Taylor, Akinola, H Taylor, Fonguck, Tutonda (Sparkes 83'), Barham (Mason-Clark 45'). 

Subs not used: 

 

ATT: 1333 (130 away)

TEAM NEWS

Darren Currie named an unchanged squad to the side that drew with Boreham Wood on New Years Day. 

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WHAT IT MEANS 

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UP NEXT

The Bees will turn their attention to FA Trophy action next Saturday when they travel to Farsley Celtic in the Second Round. The next time Darren Currie's side are in league action is when we host Dagenham and Redbridge in two weeks' time at The Hive London. 

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