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01 October 2019 Venue Mill Farm Attendance

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Preview: AFC Fylde (A)

1 October 2019

The Bees travel to Lancashire to take on AFC Fylde in the Manarama National League.

Nickname: The Coasters

Manager: Dave Challinor

Stadium: Mill Farm

League position: 18th (16pts)

 

Recent results 

L 2-0 Notts County (A)

W 3-2 Wrexham (H)

W 3-1 Eastleigh (H)

L 3-2 Yeovil (A)

L 2-1 Stockport (A)

 

The opposition

The Coasters were one of those tipped to be at the top of the Manarama National League but have made a slow start to the season. They currently sit 18th in the table but know a third successive home win will take them to 13th and away from the relegation places. 

Their league position has mostly been affected by their poor form away from Mill Farm this season, where they have only picked up one win and that was on the opening day of the season against Aldershot Town. On the other hand, the home form has been good and they have only tasted defeat once in front of their own fans, a 4-1 defeat at the hands of high flyers Woking. This will be no means an easy game for Darren Currie's side. 

The hosts have won their previous two home matches and scored six in the process, so there is the possibility of an open and entertaining match this evening. 

 

The Gaffer: Dave Challinor 

The AFC Fylde boss has been with the Coasters since 2011 and has had a very successful spell with the Lancashire club. He has guided the club to two promotions so far, most notably becoming National League North champions in the 2016-17 season. He also got to the first round proper of the FA Cup in his first season in charge. 

Last season was one to remember for the Fylde faithful, albeit it ended in heartbreak as they lost out to Salford City in the play-off final at Wembley Stadium. However, they returned to the national stadium to redeem themselves as they defeated Leyton Orient 1-0 in the FA Trophy final. The Coasters boss will look to turn their early season form around and go one better this time out. 

 

Last time out 

The Bees will be looking to gain revenge this evening, as they lost out on their last trip to Mill Farm. Currie's side were beaten 1-0 as Danny Rowe netted the only goal in April 2019, as Dan Sweeney was dismissed in the first half. In fact, it compounded more misery on the Bees as they had previously lost on penalties in the FA Trophy following a 0-0 draw in February. 

 

One to watch - Danny Rowe 

Rowe is the Coasters top goalscorer with four goals so far in this campaign, he netted on his last outing on home turf. He will be looking to make it two goals in as many matches against the Bees, so Currie's defence will need to replicate their strong performance on Saturday against Solihull Moors. 

 

Where to follow the action

If you are not making the trip to Lancashire this evening there will be live match commentary on IBarnet from 19:40. 

Alternatively, there will be live text updates over on the Barnet FC Twitter account, as well as team news and behind the scenes content. 

 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: AFC Fylde 0-4 Barnet

1 October 2019

The Bees were at their brilliant best as they thrashed AFC Fylde 4-0 at Mill Farm. Goals from Ricardo Santos, Simeon Akinola, Josh Walker and Mauro Vilhete secured all three points for Darren Currie's side.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Bees took the lead after nine minutes as Ricardo Santos turned from a corner and superbly curled into the top corner to put his side in front. 

Currie's side had further chances through Mason-Clark, Vilhete and Walker but were denied by Coasters keeper Lavercombe in inspired form as he kept the score to just the one. 

Jack Taylor rattled the bar from a free-kick just before the break as the Bees looked to double their lead before the break. 

The second half saw the Bees play at their ruthless best as they added three further goals to add gloss to the performance. 

Just five minutes after the break the lead was doubled as Akinola powered a header home from eight yards from J Taylor's delicious free-kick. 

A swift counter attack set up the third goal as J Taylor and Akinola worked the ball to Walker who turned in the box and fired into bottom corner to send the travelling Bee Army into sheer delight. 

The icing was put on top of the Barnet cake as Vilhete jinked through the Coasters defence, before curling home into the top corner from an acute angle. 

It was the most complete performance from Currie's so far, they were defensively solid and calm out of the back. They were ruthless in all aspects of their performance and completely deserved their spectacualr 4-0 victory. 

A massive thank you to the travelling Bees fans who got behind the team all night long, everyone at the club would like to thank them for their commitment for making the trip on a midweek. 

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TEAM NEWS

The boss made two changes from the 0-0 draw with Solihull Moors as Josh Walker and Ephron Mason-Clark came in for Aflie Pavey and Wes Fonguck respectively. Walker came in and most certianly proved a point as he netted the Bees third and put in a hard working performance. 

WHAT'S NEXT?

It's another massive game for Currie's side this weekend as they make the short trip to take on Dagenham and Redbridge in the Manarama National League. The Daggers sit just one place below the Bees in the table so it will be another test but confidence will be high for the trip to East London. 

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