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Preview: Harrogate Town (A)

29 October 2019

The Bees travel to Yorkshire to take on Harrogate Town in Vanarama National League action (19:45 KO). You can find our match preview below, in association with LV Bet.

FACTFILE 

Name: Harrogate Town

Nickname: The Town/The Sulphurites

Stadium: The CNG Stadium 

Founded: 1914

League position: 4th (29 points)

 

Recent results:

W 1-0 - Aldershot Town (H)

W 2-1 - FC Halifax Town (A - FA Cup)

W 2-1 - Yeovil Town (A)

D 1-1 - Wrexham (A)

W 2-0 - Ebbsfleet United (H)

 

The opposition: 

The Town currently sit 4th in the Vanarama National League and are nine games unbeaten in all competitions following a strong start to the season. They have been strong at the CNG Stadium too, where they last suffered defeat at home to Dover on August 31st. 

The host's wins have regularly been by a solitary goal, including Saturday's 1-0 win over Aldershot Town, so we can expect another tight encounter at the CMG this evening. The Bees do come into the game in poor form but know that one win could see them level on points with the playoff pack so it's all to play for in this National League clash. 

 

The Gaffer - Simon Weaver 

Having passed the ten-year milestone in May 2019, Simon Weaver is one of English football’s longest-serving managers.

In 2015/16 Weaver guided Town to a club-high finish of fourth in the National League North and helped the club reach the FA Cup 2nd Round in 2012/13.

The 2017/18 season saw Weaver achieve promotion with Town, beating Brackley in the Play-Off Final in front of 3000 supporters at The CNG Stadium.

After featuring for the likes of Doncaster Rovers, Kidderminster, and Scarborough in his days as a center-half, Weaver now has Town looking to reach the Football League for the first time.

 

Top Scorer - Brendan Kiernan 

The Town midfielder leads the way with five goals this campaign and has been in good form recently scoring 3 goals in his last five matches, including both goals in the 2-0 victory over Ebbsfleet United at the CNG Stadium. He also netted the opener in Town's impressive 2-1 away triumph over Yeovil Town. 

 

What The Boss said: 

You can see Darren Currie's interview below. 

 

Where to follow the action: 

If you aren't making the long trip to the North you can listen to live iBarnet commentary with Sam Avery and Adam Rowe from approximately 19:40. 

Alternatively, you can follow live text updates over on Twitter, where you will also find all of the post-match reaction from the game. 

 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Harrogate Town 2-1 Barnet

30 October 2019

The Bees fell to defeat at the CMG Stadium as they were punished by two first half goals from the hosts. Despite David Tutonda halving the deficit for the Bees they couldn't find what would have been a deserved equaliser in the second half.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

Simeon Akinola created the first opening of the game as he saw a snapshot go just wide of the far post. 

But it was the Bees who fell behind as Muldoon fired home at the second attempt after the ball fell to him from a corner kick. 

After the goal Mauro Vilhete had a golden chance to bring the Bees level as he twisted and turned in the area, but his shot was brilliantly saved by Belshaw in the Town goal. 

Then almost immediately it was two goals for the hosts as the ball went through to George Smith who fired past Loach. Once again a two goal deficit was cruel on Darren Currie's side. 

The deficit was almost halved as Cheye Alexander played a great ball into the area but his cross just evaded Akinola in the centre. 

But nine minutes before the break we did get a well deserved goal as the ball fell for David Tutonda who poked home to bring us back into the game. 

This saw Barnet get their tails up and they dominated the latter stages of the first half as they took the game to Town. 

Into the second half and Vilhete's dangerous cross was headed over by Dan Sweeney as the Bees looked to start the second half as they finished the first. 

The Bees continued to press on the Town team but were limited to a handful of openings that were hacked clear by the Harrogate backline. 

The game sparked into life after what looked like a nasty challenge from John Stead on Sweeney which resulted in a straight red card for the veteran striker. 

Johnson then put in a superb cross that Vilhete missed out on by inches, any contact and surely the Bees would have been level. 

The Bees continued to dominate going into six minutes of added time and could have taken a point right at the end but were denied by a superb double save as Belshaw saved from Vilhete then made a point-blank stop from Josh Walker which turned out to be the final change. 

 

TEAM NEWS

Darren Currie made two changes from Saturday's defeat to Hartlepool United as Elliott Johnson and James Dunne came into the side in place of the injured Ricardo Santos and suspended Jack Taylor. 

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds (C), Dunne, Akinola, H Taylor, Vilhete, Elito (Walker '80), Tutonda, Sweeney. 

Unused Subs: Matrevics, Syla, Fonguck, Mason-Clark.

WHAT IT MEANS 

The Bees sit 15th in the National League, five points off the play-off places as they head into a crucial game at The Hive this Saturday. 

UP NEXT

The Bees will be back on home turf this coming Saturday as we take on Chorley in the Vanarama National League at The Hive London. 

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