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26 October 2019 Venue Victoria Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Hartlepool United

26 October 2019

The Bees make the long journey north this afternoon as they return to Vanarama National League action to face Hartlepool United FC.

Nickname: The Pools

Manager: Antony Sweeney (caretaker manager)

Stadium: Victoria Park

League Position: 15th


Form Guide:

Hartlepool United FC Last 5 = W3 D1 L1

Hartlepool United FC 1-0 Brackley Town (FA Cup)

Aldershot Town 0-3 Hartlepool United

Stockport 2-1 Hartlepool United

Hartlepool United 2-1 Yeovil Town

Eastleigh 1-1 Hartlepool United


Barnet FC Last 5 =  W1 D3 L1

Barnet FC 3-1 Potters Bar Town FC (FA Cup replay)

Potters Bar Town FC 1-1 Barnet FC (FA Cup)

Barnet FC 2-2 Woking

Barnet FC 1-2 Bromley 

Dagenham and Redbridge 1-1 Barnet FC


The Opposition:

The Pools expected more from the start of their season as they currently sit 15th in the National League but caretaker manager Antony Sweeney has had two positve results in his first games in charge of the club.

Despite being five places below, the home side are only two points behind the Bees and only four points off equalling the tally of three of the sides in the play-off places. The season may be well underway now but there is still plenty of points to be picked up and Hartlepool will certainly be looking to climb the Vanarama National League table.


The Gaffer: Antony Sweeney

Although only in temporary charge of the Pools, Sweeney will definitely take confidence from his first two fixtures in charge of the club having won both games, a 3-0 away win against Aldershot Town and cementing his sides position in the first round of the FA Cup following a 1-0 win over Brackley Town.

Having made just under 400 appearances for the club during his playing career, he scored a respectable 53 goals from a central midfield position and will look to take his positive playing career into his coaching career also.


One to Watch: Gime Toure

Hartlepool have a number of players who will cause Barnet problems on Saturday however, Gime Toure has enjoyed a positive season so far and is the Pools’ top goalscorer so far with 7 goals to his name and will be looking to add even more to his tally.


Where to Follow the Action:

If you're not making the long trip to the North East you can listen to full live match commentary on iBarnet with Adam Rowe and Adam Fowler from 14:55.

Alternatively you can get live text updates over on our Twitter account, where you'll also find behind the scenes content and post match reaction. 


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Match Reports

Match Pack: Hartlepool United 2-0 Barnet

26 October 2019

The Bees fell to defeat Nicke Kabamba netted twice to give Hartlepool United all three points on a difficult afternoon.


The Bees started the brighter of the two teams and almost took the lead in the opening two minutes as Cheye Alexander's strike was deflected wide of the post. 

However, on six minutes they fell behind as Kabamba swept home after the ball broke to him just inside the box, it was harsh on the Bees who had all the running in the opening stages and looked the better of the two. 

Darren Currie's side almost found an equaliser straight away as a quick counter attack fell at the feet of Josh Walker but his effort was blocked away by a Pools defender. 

The Bees continued to keep possession and had a number of set pieces but couldn't quite find the opening to trouble 'Keeper Ben Killip. 

Andre Boucaud saw an effort blocked when it looked certain to fly into the bottom corner after the ball broke to him from a corner.

On 27 minutes it was two for the hosts as we were punished for making the most of our time on the ball, it was Kabamba again who netted past Loach to double his and his sides tally for the afternoon.

It was harsh on the Bees who were the better of the two teams in the first half but didn't have a goal to show for their work at Victoria Park. 

Into the second half and Loach had to be at his best as he denied Kabamba on two occassions with his legs when the number nine rushed through on goal. 

It went from bad to worse for the Bees were reduced to 10 men as Jack Taylor was sent off for a second bookable offence. 

The red card killed off the Bees chances of a comeback and the hosts kept the ball well and alomst went further ahead as Toure curled towards the top corner but Loach denied him brilliantly. 

The Bees had chances through Mason-Clark and James Dunne but again Killip wasn't called into action on a frustrating afternoon for Currie's side. 



Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Santos, J Taylor, H Taylor, Boucaud, Vilhete, Elito, Walker, Tutonda, Sweeney.



It's another trip up north for the Bees on Tuesday night as we travel to Harrogate Town in Vanarama National League action. 

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