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Match Preview: Sutton United (A)

27 April 2021

The Bees face a tough test this evening as they travel to third place Sutton United in Vanarama National League action. Preview in association with LVBet.

FIXTURE DETAILS:

Sutton United vs Barnet FC 

Tuesday 27th April, 19:00 KO

Gander Green Lane 

Vanarama National League 

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THE U's 

League Position: 3rd (P34, W19, D9, L6)

Last Result: Eastleigh 1-0 Sutton United (Saturday 24th April)

Manager: Matt Gray 

Top Scorer: Harry Beautyman (11 goals)

What a season Matt Gray's side are having, they are right in the midst of a title race, a position that many would not have tipped to be in at the start of the campaign. They have lost just six games all season and sit one point behind Torquay United and Hartlepool United, but importantly they have matches in hand on the pair. However, the U's must win against the Bees to keep the title in their hands, anything other than three points puts the title in the hands of Torquay United. Gray's side are currently facing their toughest spell of the campaign and have won just one of their last six National League fixtures, albeit only one of those matches ended in defeat. The hosts will be keen to bounce back from defeat when they face the Bees, the U's fell to a narrow 1-0 defeat away to Eastleigh in front of the BT Sport cameras. 

The U's still have to face Hartlepool United before the close of the season before once again meeting the Bees on the final day of the campaign. Gray's side have found a winning formula consistently throughout the season, when they don't win they regularly find a way to ensure they don't lose, so there is absolutely no doubting that the Bees face a very tough task at Gander Green Lane. 

THE BEES

The Bees continued their fine form on Saturday with a dramatic victory away to Altrincham on Saturday, after falling behind to two early goals, Simon Bassey's side scored three unanswered goals through Courtney Baker-Richardson, Ephron Mason-Clark and Tomi Adeloye to snatch victory. The fact the Bees were a goal behind with two minutes left on the watch and still found a way to win highlights the immense belief that First Team Coach, Bassey, has instilled in the team. They know that facing high lying Sutton United will be a different task altogether, but they'll head to Gander Green Lane full of confidence knowing that they are capable of tearing up the script this evening. 

In terms of team news, the Bees looked to have got through the trip to Altrincham relatively unscathed, but Bassey may opt to freshen things up after a gruelling schedule of Saturday-Tuesday matches. Tonight's trip to Surrey also signals the start of three games in six days, so freshness will be key if the Bees want to keep their good run of form going. 

LAST TIME AT GANDER GREEN LANE:

The Bees played out a 1-1 draw with the U's last time the sides met in August 2019. 

MATCH PROGRAMME:

Bees fans can download the U's matchday programme by CLICKING HERE.

WHERE TO FOLLOW THE ACTION:

Bees fans can tune into tonight's clash via the hosts live streaming service. Match Passes cost £9.50 and can be purchased by CLICKING HERE

 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Sutton Utd 1-0 Barnet FC

27 April 2021

The Bees fell to a defeat at Gander Green Lane but the main concern will be with goalkeeper Aymen Azaze who was stretchered off in first half stoppage time.

The high flying hosts started the better of the two sides, albeit they didn't create any clear openings in the early stages at Gander Green Lane. 

The Bees first sight of goal came on 16 minutes as Ephron Mason-Clark combined with Courtney Baker-Richardson before our number 27 saw his strike from eight yards charged down by the U's backline. 

The game continued to be an open affair, with the best chance falling to Sutton just before the half-hour mark as Donovan Wilson fired inches wide of the post from 18 yards after a swift U's breakaway. 

Meanwhile, up the other end, the in-form Mason-Clark was Bassey's most threatening man in an opening 35 minutes of very few chances. 

Matt Gray's side continued to pressure the Bees and were the next to go close as Harry Beautyman's cross just evaded the on-rushing Omar Bugiel. 

The half-finished on a very concerning note as goalkeeper Aymen Azaze was stretchered off after colliding with boot of Bugiel whilst making a very brave stop. He was replaced by 16-year-old scholar James Callan who came on to make his Barnet FC debut. 

The U's started the second half brightly and had a succession of corner kicks which were dealt with well by the Bees backline. But they had a golden opportunity as Beautyman broke clear on goal, only for young 'keeper Callan to make a tremendous stop at the Sutton top scorers feet. 

The Bees were next to have an opening as Lee Vaughan played a brilliant pass through to Baker-Richardson, the Barrow loanee rounded the 'keeper but the U's defence did enough to stop him shooting into an empty net. 

Sam Beard then won the ball high up the pitch before firing an effort narrowly over the bar, as Bassey's side looked to stamp some authority on proceedings. 

The Bees then had a golden chance with 23 minutes left on the watch, as Vaughan's quick free kick found Tomi Adeloye through on goal but he couldn't get it under control. 

We were punished just a minute later, as a corner kick was headed against the upright before Bugiel smashed home the rebound leaving Callan with no chance. 

The Bees tried to respond with the introduction of Michael Petrasso but despite some set pieces and crosses into the box they couldn't quite fashion an opening as the clock ticked past 85 minutes. 

Bassey's side through all their effort at it on a difficult evening but couldn't quite continue their unbeaten run. 

Barnet: Azaze (Callan 45'), Vaughan, Preston, Richards-Everton, Beard, Kefalas, Skeffington (Petrasso 77'), Taylor, McQueen, Mason-Clark, Baker-Richardson (Adeloye 63')

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