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11 January 2020 Venue Throstle Nest Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Farsley Celtic (A)

10 January 2020

The Bees will travel to Yorkshire this Saturday as they face Farsley Celtic in the Second Round of the Buildbase FA Trophy as Darren Currie’s side continue their pursuit of cup glory this season.

Fixture: Farsley Celtic vs Barnet 

Competition: Buildbase FA Trophy

Kick-Off: 15:00

Date: Saturday 11th January 2020

Venue: The Citadel


Form Guide:

Farsley Celtic Last 5 = W2 D0 L3

Kettering Town 1-0 Farsley Celtic

Farsley Celtic 0-1 Guiseley

Farsley Celtic 5-0 Bradford

Guiseley 2-0 Farsley Celtic

Farsley Celtic 2-1 Leamington Spa


Barnet FC Last 5 = W2 D3 L0

Barnet FC 1-1 Halifax

Boreham Wood 0-0 Barnet FC

Aldershot 0-0 Barnet FC

Maidenhead United 1-4 Barnet FC

Barnet FC 2-1 Weymouth


The Bees 

The Bees have been in fine form as of late having not registered a defeat in 90 minutes since a 2-1 defeat to Barrow at the end of November.

The last fixture, a 1-1 draw with FC Halifax Town, was a close affair with the Bees going into half-time 1-0 down. However, the recently departed Jack Taylor ensured the side at least secured a point.

Darren Currie’s side have tightened up defensively in recent weeks only conceding three goals in their last five outings in all competitions. However, the Bees boss will want to see slightly more going forward when they take on the Celt Army this weekend.

This weekend’s trophy clash may well give many of the Bees academy products a chance to shine in the senior squad. Remarkably 33% of all senior appearances so far this campaign have been from Barnet FC academy graduates, a stat that shows just how well the Club develops young talent. With the likes of Ronnie Edwards and Okem Chime making their first-team debuts already this season, the future is most certainly bright for the Bees.


The Opposition 

Nickname: The Celt Army 

Manager: Adam Lakeland 

Stadium: The Citadel 

League Position: 7th (National League North)

The Celt Army have had a positive start to the season themselves as they currently sit 7th in the league and will be hoping to occupy a play-off place come the end of the season.

Farsley have lost their last two games in the league but the last win came at the end of December with a resounding 5-0 victory over bottom of the table Bradford AFC.

Of their 11 wins this season, the Celt Army have won six of those at home and have shown that they can be a dangerous side that will be sure to put the Bees to the test.

Last season was one to remember for this weekend’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 carry on their overall form. Darren Currie’s side will have to be right up for it come 15:00 Saturday afternoon against a well-drilled and organised Celts side.

The Celt Army will be pleased with their run thus far in the Buildbase FA Trophy given last season they were eliminated at the First Round stage. They lost out 4-3 in a dramatic contest away to AFC Telford United, but this year they have already gone one better. So far they have overcome Workington, before beating Altrincham in a replay in the First Round a few weeks ago.


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. Those goals have come in 24 appearances and the winger will be hoping to be the difference-maker on Saturday afternoon. 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.


What Currie said:


In the event of a replay:

Should Saturday’s clash end all square then a replay will be required to see who progresses through to Round Three. The replay will take place on Tuesday 14th January (19:45 KO) at The Hive London and we will announce details as soon as possible should the game on Saturday end in a draw.

Where to follow the action:

If you’re not making the long trip to Farsley tomorrow afternoon, there will be full match commentary on iBarnet from approximately 14:55.

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

Match Pack: Farsley Celtic 1-1 Barnet FC

11 January 2020

The Bees will have to settle for a replay after a second half Tyler Walton strike cancelled out Simeon Akinola's early opener at the Citadel Stadium.


The first opening fell the way of the hosts as Callum Reynolds did brilliantly to head behind a dangerous delivery from an early corner kick. 

The Bees started on the front foot and looked to exploit the space in behind the Celtic's backline, however, Mason-Clark was adjudged offside on two occasions in the opening stages. 

On the 10th minute, the Bees took the lead as the ball fell to Simeon Akinola on the edge of the box and he delightfully curled it into the top corner. He left 'keeper Scott Wynne with no chance and delivered the perfect start for his side. 

Two minutes later Mason-Clark took on the Farsley defence before firing an effort just wide of the left-hand post. 

Cheye Alexander was next to go close as he fired high from six yards out following good work on the left from David Tutonda. On a difficult pitch, Darren Currie's side started the better and dominated the opening 25 minutes at the Citadel. 

Up the other end, the hosts looked to bring themselves back into the tie and Loach had to do well to turn around a Jimmy Spencer strike. Six back to back corners followed and the Bees had to defend resolutely from several dangerous deliveries, however, the lead was maintained following the wave of Farsley Celtic pressure.

The Bees showed great grit in tough conditions to defend against a physical and gritty Celtic side who were looking to use those conditions to their advantage.

As added time approached the hosts produced their best chance of the half as Dave Syers flicked a header just over the crossbar following a dangerous cross from danger man Will Hayhurst. Although, straight up the other end Mason-Clark stung the palms of Wynne as the half time whistle blew. 

Seven minutes into the second half and the hosts levelled as Tyler Walton slotted home as the ball fell kindly to him inside the six-yard box.

Currie responded immediately by introducing Mauro Vilhete and the lead was almost restored immediately as James Dunne saw a powerful effort well saved by Wynne. From the resulting corner, Elito looked to have curled all the way in but it was stabbed clear from the goal-line. 

On the hour mark, Akinola tried an audacious effort from 30 yards out that narrowly went wide of the post, it was a good effort and it was another sign of the Bees trying to stamp their authority on the tie.

The Bees were let off with 63 minutes on the clock as Spencer was allowed a free shot on goal from the edge of the box, he should have done better as he fired over Loach's goal. 

The conditions certainly didn't help proceedings and both sides struggled on a boggy, bobbly pitch. Celtic's 'keeper had to be quick off his line to deny Akinola as he burst through from a ball in behind. 

With 12 minutes to play, Akinola had a golden chance to put the Bees ahead but after beating his man he curled over the bar from inside the area. Moments later he had a half chance that was prodded towards goal but well saved by Wynne. 

Currie's side continued to look the more likely as Mason-Clark saw an effort at goal blocked by one of a sea of white Farsley shirts. It was de ja vu moments later as Akinola's rasping effort was blocked again by the defenders, the hosts holding on as we entered the final five minutes. 

We went within inches of the winner with four minutes to go as Mason-Clark skipped into the area but his effort went across the face of goal and didn't quite drop in. 

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Dunne (C), Adams, Akinola, Fonguck (Vilhete 54'), Elito, Tutonda, Mason-Clark. 

Unused Subs: Azaze, Sparkes, Edwards, Vasiliou, Box, Hernandez.


Charlee Adams, Medy Elito and Ephron Mason-Clark all came into Darren Currie's starting XI.



The Bees will have to do it all again at The Hive London as we take on Farsley Celtic in a Second Round replay on Tuesday night. 


It will be that replay with The Celtics on Tuesday night with kick-off 19:45 on Tuesday night. Ticket information for this fixture will follow in due course. 

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Farsley Celtic (A)

7 January 2020

Here is all the ticket information for this weekend's Buildbase FA Trophy trip to Farsley Celtic.

Ticket details for our trip to Yorkshire this Saturday (11th January, 3 pm) are as follows:





Under 13s

Free of charge

Tickets can be purchased from the turnstiles on the day of the match and the fixture is unsegregated.

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