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07 March 2020 Venue Edgeley Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Stockport County (A)

7 March 2020

The matches come thick and fast in the Vanarama National League as the Bees head to Edgeley Park to take on fellow play-off hopefuls Stockport County. Preview in association with LV Bet.

Fixture details:

Stockport County vs Barnet FC

Saturday, 7th March 2020

Edgeley Park 

Vanarama National League 

The Bees

Manager: Darren Currie 

Form: WLWLD

League Position: 13th (50 points)

Top Scorer: Simeon Akinola (16 goals)

The Bees played out a frantic game with local neighbours Boreham Wood on Tuesday night. Callum Reynolds put us ahead before the Wood pegged the Bees back to lead 2-1. However, Paul McCallum hit back to square the game, before almost snatching victory as he headed against the post. However, it kept Darren Currie's side in the hunt and in touching distance with the top 7. 

It's all eyes on Stockport now though and despite having games in hand, Darren Currie will know that getting a victory in the North-West would take his side just one point behind this weekend's hosts. The boss will have plenty to ponder in midweek after players like Dan Sparkes came into the side and impressed with his delivery into Akinola and McCallum. 

The Hatters 

Manager: Jim Gannon 

Form: LDWDW

League Position: 9th (54 points) 

Top scorer: Elliot Osborne (9 goals) 

The Hatters have had a good season thus far and like many others, harbour ambitions to make the play-offs come the end of the season. Gannon's side have the won nine of their 18 matches so far this season at home and know that their form at Edgeley Park will be crucial if they are going to finish in the play-off positions. However, their form on the road is solid and they have only lost six times away from Edgeley Park all season. 

The last time we met with Stockport they snatched all three points at the death at The Hive London. Ephron Mason-Clark put the Bees ahead with 20 minutes to play, but the Hatters fought back as Osborne struck six minutes later before Mulhern stole the points in injury time. It was a cruel loss for Darren Currie's side but since then the Bees haven't lost at home in the league. 

Top scorer: Elliot Osborne - 9 goals 

The 23-year-old is this weekend's hosts top scorer in the league and the creative midfielder is certainly one to watch out for tomorrow afternoon. The attacking midfielder scored the equaliser in the Hatters victory over the Bees in November and he'll be hoping to play a pivotal part in tomorrow's clash. 

Osborne originally joined Stockport County on loan from Fleetwood Town in 2017, making six appearances in half a season at the club. He then went onto join Southport, before yet another loan spell in the North-West in 2018, before permanently joining the Hatters in 2018. Since signing on a permanent basis, Osborne has made 36 appearances in the league, of course, netting on nine occasions. 

The Gaffer: Jim Gannon 

Gannon is a much-travelled player and manager and spent 10 years at Stockport between 1990 and 2000, as well as wearing the shirts of Dundalk in Ireland, Notts County and Crewe Alexandra in a 17-year playing career.

In his third stint at Edgeley Park, Gannon has managed in Scotland with Motherwell, and in Ireland with Dundalk, but has also taken the reigns at Peterborough United, Port Vale and Northwick Victoria.

Having won the title last season, Gannon has led his side to mid-table in the league this campaign, with an eye on advancing up the table with six months left of the season to play.

 

What Currie said: 

 

Where to follow the action: 

If you're not making the journey to Stockport, then there will be live commentary of the match on iBarnet from 14:55. 

Alternatively, there will be live text updates over on our Twitter account, as well as behind the scenes content over on our Instagram channel. Keep your eye across our social media channels for all the post-match reaction. 

 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Stockport County 1-1 Barnet

7 March 2020

The points are shared at Edgeley Park as the Bees play out an entertaining 1-1 draw with Stockport County in the Vanarama National League.

Darren Currie made two changes heading into this afternoon's league fixture against the Hatters as club captain, James Dunne, returned to the starting 11 for the injured Callum Reynolds, whilst Wes Fonguck took the place of Charlee Adams in the centre of midfield.

The Bees were well on the front foot from the get-go and took the lead inside 10 minutes through Simeon Akinola. 

Wes Fonguck took hold on the edge of the box before he slid a fantastic ball through to the Bees number 14 inside the area. Sim checked back only to be fouled which gave referee, Elliott Swallow, no choice but to point to the spot.

Having made the penalty, Sim took the spot-kick himself and calmly slotted into the bottom right corner to put Currie's side in the ascendancy early on.

As the game hit the halfway stage of the first half, the Bees continued to dominate and had a couple of chances to go two goals to the good. Akinola took a touch inside the box but was quickly snuffed out before Ricardo Santos headed straight at Ben Hinchcliffe from close range following a long Paul McCallum throw.

Ben Jackson had the first sight of goal for the Hatters but couldn't steer his speculative effort from the edge of the box on target as Scott Loach watched it sail over his crossbar. Connor Dimaio tried his luck from a similar position to the same outcome just minutes later.

The hosts found their feet as the first half ticked on and on the stroke of half-time, they were back on level terms. The ball was floated in from the right-hand side, Palmer jinked away from his man and guided an impressive header into the far corner to send the teams to the changing rooms with the scoreline level at the break.

Stockport were the brighter of the two teams in the early stages of the second half and looked the most likely to take the lead. Hinchliffe, who's kicking out of the hands impressed all afternoon, fired an accurate long-ball to Nyal Bell who had just Loach to beat, but he could only loft into the stand. 

Palmer, the scorer of the first Stockport goal, was inches away from his second of the game on two occasions as he struck the woodwork from two separate set-pieces. The first corner he headed onto the Barnet crossbar before he came flying onto the second set-piece to direct onto the far post and into the arms of a grateful Scott Loach.

Curries's side kept pushing for a winner though and almost nicked it with just 10 minutes to play as Santos and Paul McCallum both went close in the final stages at Edgeley Park.

Santos headed goalwards from an Elliott Johnson corner, but Minihan was on hand to head off the goal line and away from danger before McCallum latched onto a Cheye Alexander cross, but could only steer straight at Hinchliffe from inside the area.

Team

Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Santos, Dunne (C), Sparkes  (Tutonda, 73'), Akinola (Walker, 73'), McCallum, Taylor, Fonguck (Mason-Clark, 64'), Sweeney

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Adams.

 

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The Bees face their second away game of three in a week as they travel to the Laithwaite Community Stadium on Tuesday night to take on Woking.

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Ticket News

Ticket Details: Stockport County

4 March 2020

Making the trip to Edgeley Park this weekend? All the ticket information you need for our upcoming clash with Stockport County can be found below.

Away tickets can be purchased either online or on the day from any ticket office window.

Visiting supporters will be accommodated in the all-seated Vernon (South) Stand. The match will be segregated.

Ticket prices:

Adult (18+) £18.00
Concessions* £12.00
Juniors (16-17) £5.00
Under 6** FREE

*i) Students must be in full-time education – valid ID must be provided.

ii) Over 65

iii) Ambulant disabled supporters (carer free) 

**Free ticket issued with a full-paying adult.

Turnstiles will open at 2 pm.

Supporters travelling by car should be informed that there will be no parking at the ground. Street parking is extremely limited, and all adjacent streets are zone-controlled on match days and patrolled by civil enforcement officers. Pay and display car parks can be found on Castle Street, Edgeley which is a two-minute walk to the stadium

To purchase your tickets or for further information, click HERE.

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