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26 November 2019 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

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Match Preview: Ebbsfleet United (H)

26 November 2019

The Bees will look to return to winning form as they face Ebbsfleet United this evening in Vanarama National League action.

Form Guide:  

Barnet FC Last 5 = W1 D0 L4

Barrow AFC 2-1 Barnet FC

Barnet FC 1-2 Stockport County

Barnet FC 0-2 Fleetwood Town (FA Cup)

Barnet FC 2-1 Chorley FC

Harrogate Town 2-1 Barnet FC

 

Ebbsfleet United Last 5 = W1 D3 L1

Stockport County 1-1 Ebbsfleet United

Ebbsfleet United 2-2 Hartlepool United

Ebbsfleet United 2-3 Notts County (FA Cup)

Ebbsfleet United 2-2 Chesterfield FC

Chorley 0-4 Ebbsfleet United

 

The Opposition:

Nickname: The Fleet

Manager: Kevin Watson 

Stadium: Stonebridge Road

League Position: 23rd Position

Ebbsfleet United have struggled this season coming off the back of a positive season last year that saw them finish just outside of the play-off places in the National League. This saw manager Garry Hill dismissed from his position and Kevin Watson brought in as his replacement who has had a good start to his Fleet career.

Their last five fixtures have seen them only lose once to fellow National League side Notts County in the FA Cup. Just as recently as last Saturday, the Fleet looked to have secured all three points until Sam Walker’s 93rd minute goal snatched away the win at the death.

The away side may have an injury problem going into the fixture on Tuesday night with a number of personnel possibly still unavailable to Watson.

 

The Gaffer: Kevin Watson

Kevin Watson started his career at Tottenham Hotspur in 1992 making five appearances for the Premier League side. During his time at Spurs, he was loaned out to three sides, including Barnet FC. Eventually, Watson made the switch to Swindon Town and went on to play for sides such as: Rotherham United, Reading and Colchester United.

His first stint in charge of a football club came at Maldon & Tiptree however, he followed Teddy Sheringham to Stevenage where he took up the assistant manager role. In March 2017, he took up the position at Bishops Stortford as head coach but left at the end of the following season. Once Garry Hill had been dismissed from his position at the Fleet, Kevin Watson filled the position and has so far had a positive impact at the club and will hope to steer his side out of the relegation zone.

 

One to Watch: Gozie Ugwu

Summer signing Gozie Ugwu has performed excellently during his third spell at Ebbsfleet United having scored seven goals so far this season, with six of them coming under manager Kevin Watson.

Ugwu spent time on loan last season at Boreham Wood before switching to Ebbsfleet United where he impressed manager Garry Hill once more having already worked with him at Woking during the 2016/17 season.

 

Coverage

We will be providing full iBarnet commentary with Sam Avery and Will Evans as well as full 90-minute match updates via our official Twitter account, @BarnetFC.

For behind the scenes content, head over to our Instagram @barnetfootballclub.

 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet FC 5-2 Ebbsfleet United

26 November 2019

The Bees put in a five star performance as they swept aside Ebbsfleet United with a ruthless performance at The Hive London. A hat trick for Simeon Akinola and goals from Josh Walker and Jack Taylor meant the Bees returned to winning ways.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Bees came flying out of the blocks and dominated the early possession with Fonguck having the first effort on goal of the game, a chance that just sailed over the bar.

The Fleet's first dangerous opportunity came through Alex Reid who was baring down on goal before a fantastic tackle from James Dunne took the ball away from the forward.

Reid was in again shortly after but fired wide thanks to the pressure of Callum Reynolds. The opening quarter of the game was an open affair that the Bees dominated large spells of. 

After numerous dangerous opportunities from the Bees, the opener finally came after 27 minutes. Jack Taylor audaciously shot from 30-yards, but his effort flew in via the underside of the bar, a certain contender for goal of the season.

Barnet's lead did not last long when in the 36th minute, against the run of play, Stephen Obileye twisted and turned through the Bee's defence and slotted the ball past Scott Loach to level the game at 1-1.

But the Bees were only on level terms for six minutes as a great team move, was delightfully finished by Simeon Akinola who put his side back in front. It was Akinola's first goal since the win at AFC Fylde and his goal was richly deserved. 

Into the second-half, Fonguck once again had the best chance of the opening proceedings with a low cross that just evaded Akinola who was rushing into the six-yard box. 

Despite the early second-half domination, the Fleet levelled once again as Ugwu touched home from six yards out. 

Just moments later, Akinola was played through on goal and he once again delivered as he slotted the ball into the back of the net. The Bees number 14 showing no sign on nerves as he raced through one-on-one with Palmer. 

It was soon four goals for Currie's side and what a goal it was! Josh Walker skipped through five Ebbsfleet defenders before having the skill and composure to poke the ball into the corner. It was a goal that the young forward deserved after his tireless efforts. 

With 19 minutes to play Akinola completed his hat-trick from the spot after Fonguck's effort was handled in the area. In trademark fashion, the striker stepped up and calmly put his spot-kick away to complete a richly deserved hat-trick. 

Kevin Watson's side had the ball in the back of the net shortly after but the referee waved it away for deliberate handball. 

Currie made his first substitutions of the half starting in the 83rd minute, a good testament to the individual performances of his side.

As the game began to settle late into the game, David Tutonda found himself in space on the left-hand side but his cross was unable to find anyone in front of the goal and shortly after, the referee blew his whistle to end what was a fantastic game for the Bees.

Barnet XI: Loach, Johnson, Reynolds, Dunne, J. Taylor, Akinola (Vasiliou 92'), H. Taylor, Fonguck (Vilhete 83'), Walker (Adams 84'), Tutonda, Sweeney.

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Boucaud.

Att: 776

TEAM NEWS

Darren Currie made three changes as Akinola, Fonguck, and Tutonda came in for Elito, Mason-Clark and Alexander. 

WHAT IT MEANS:

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UP NEXT

The Bees' next fixture is up against AFC Fylde on Saturday 7th December with a 17:20 kick-off.

 

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