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28 September 2019 Venue The Hive Stadium Attendance

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Preview: Solihull Moors (H)

28 September 2019

The Bees will look to bounce back from consecutive defeats as they host Solihull Moors at The Hive London in the Vanarama National League.

The Moors travel to North London on the back of a confidence-boosting 2-0 win over Stockport County on Tuesday night.

The visitors themselves have only won one of their previous six matches, so both will be after all three points this Saturday.

The opposition

The Moors currently sit 10th in the Vanarama National League on 17 points, just two points behind the Bees. The visitors are one of those tipped for promotion this season but have struggled for form of late, after they went five games unbeaten at the start of the season.

Solihull Moors enjoyed a successful 2018/19 campaign as they finished second in the Vanarama National League, just two points behind eventual champions Leyton Orient. However, the season ended in play-off disappointment for the Moors as they lost to AFC Fylde in the semi-final. They’ll be hoping to go one better this time around, but they are one of many with similar ambitions.

 

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The Boss – Tim Flowers

Flowers joined the Moors in June 2018 as he replaced Mark Yates who departed for Macclesfield. Flowers achieved a highly successful first season at Damson Park as he secured a second-place finish before just missing out on promotion.

The Moors boss enjoyed a superb playing career as a goalkeeper, he most famously played for the Premier League title winners Blackburn Rovers. He made over 170 appearances at Ewood Park and also featured for the likes of Wolves, Southampton, and Leicester City, finishing with 500 senior outings. Flowers also made 11 appearances for the three lions before retiring in 2002.

Last time out:

The last time that Flowers side visited The Hive London, was an afternoon to remember for the Bees as they ran out 2-0 winners. Wes Fonguck scored two second-half goals to seal the three points on an early autumn afternoon.

Wes will be hoping to get himself on the scoresheet in successive home games when the Moors make the trip down to London this afternoon.

Connections

Alex Nicholls

The current Solihull striker, had a spell at The Hive London between 2016 and 2018, most memorably scoring on his debut against Cambridge United. Nicholls went on to make 42 appearances for the Bees, scoring on 9 occasions before being loaned out to Dundee United.

The striker has only made the one appearance for his new club and will be looking to kick on at Damson Park as he aims for a return to the Football League.

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Where to follow the action

If you are not at The Hive this Saturday, then you can tune into IBarnet commentary from 14:55.

As usual, there will be live updates over on @BarnetFC on Twitter and behind the scenes content on our Instagram channel.

 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Barnet 0-0 Solihull Moors

28 September 2019

The Bees had to settle for a point as they failed to break down a resolute Solihull Moors side.

Darren Currie was handed a boost as he welcomed Dan Sweeney and Harry Taylor into the starting XI, meanwhile Mauro Vilhete made his first home start of the season. 

The visitors had the first chance of the afternoon as Jamie Reckord's cross was headed over by Paul McCullum from six yards out. 

Up the other end Wes Fonguck played in Mauro Vilhete but the midfielders effort deflected wide of the post. 

The Bees should have been ahead after 22 minutes as Callum Reynolds connected with Akinola's knock down, but the skippers effort was parried away by Ryan Boot. 

Currie's side certainly had the better of the opening half hour, playing some neat football which led to two chances for Alfie Pavey who was hounded out by The Moors defence. 

Seven minutes before the break Pavey found J Taylor 25 yards out but the Irish midfielder fired over the bar. 

A minute before the break Ricardo Santos made a chance saving challenge as Daniel Wright broke through on goal in a rare Moors attack. 

Into the second half and it was The Bees who started the brighter of the two sides as Fonguck did superbly to beat his man then unleash a strike with the outside of the boot, however Boot was equal to it. 

With 25 minutes left on the clock, it was Currie's side again who were on the front foot as the ball looped in the box, Sweeney poked goalwards before Vilhete turned it towards the corner, but it was Boot again to the rescure for The Moors. 

Five minutes later and it was Fonguck with another powerful drive towards the bottom corner but yet again the Moors stopper got down well to deny the midfielder the opening goal of the game. 

A minute later it was the visitors turn to threaten as Reckord flashed a low driven cross across the face of goal, but there were no blue shirts to turn it home.

With 10 minutes left Pavey had the ball in the back of the net but it was disallowed for handball by the Bees number 9. 

Up next for The Bees it's a long trip to Lancishire as they face AFC Fylde on Tuesday night and will look to get back to winning ways. 

 

 

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