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Match Preview: Barnet FC vs FC Halifax Town

16 February 2021

The Bees return to action for the first time in two weeks as they welcome FC Halifax Town to The Hive London in Vanarama National League action. Preview in association with LVBet.

FIXTURE DETAILS:

Barnet FC vs FC Halifax Town 

Tuesday 16th February, 7pm 

The Hive London 

Vanarama National League 

THE SHAYMEN 

League Position: 13th (P20, W7, D6, L7)

Last Result: FC Halifax Town 2-3 Maidenhead United (Saturday 30th January)

Manager: Pete Wild 

Captain: Nathan Clarke 

The Shaymen are one of several teams in the playoff hunt and they sit just five points off seventh place Wrexham AFC. It was a strong season for Wild's side last season, as they made the National League play-offs before sadly losing out to Boreham Wood in the play-off eliminator back in July. They'll be hoping to go one better this time around and have so far made a solid start to the campaign, after some shaky form back in the early part of November. 

In recent weeks, the Shaymen have won one of their last three matches, with that coming on their last trip to London as they secured all three points with a win over 10 man Bromley. Our visitors will be hoping to bounce back from their last match, where they fell on the wrong side of a five-goal thriller as Maidenhead United edged them 3-2 in an entertaining match at The Shay. Wild's side has struggled on the road in recent weeks, winning just one of their last five matches away from home. The Shaymen will know that they have to take three points to keep themselves right amongst the play-off picture.

THE BEES:

It's the same situation for Tim Flowers side going into yet another crucial home match, they have to start picking up points to push on up The National League table. They will feel hard done by that they didn't take something from their last fixture away to Aldershot Town after they took the lead through Michael Petrasso before conceding two quickfire points and chucking away the points. Tim Flowers will feel positive with the recent improvement in performances but he'll be expecting his side to start turning those solid showings into points before the gap becomes any bigger to those outside of the relegation zone. 

The games are coming thick and fast for the Bees, with a number of weekends and midweek fixtures in a row, up against some crucial opponents. A win under The Hive London floodlights is vital in order to get points on the board to boost confidence in the team and build on the improving performances seen in the defeats to Aldershot and Torquay.

Matt Preston is nearing a return to action after being involved with the warm-up sessions, but will not be available for selection for the next run of matches. Josh Walker is also back from St George's Park but hasn't completely recovered from the injury sustained against Boreham Wood. 

LAST TIME AT THE HIVE LONDON:

It was an entertaining contest last time these two sides met at The Hive London:

WHERE TO FOLLOW THE ACTION:

Don't miss a kick of the action this evening via our #LiveFromTheHive streaming service, with our four camera set up, live commentary and instant replay's, it is the best way to follow all of the action. 

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet 2-1 Halifax

16 February 2021

The Bees clinched their first victory of 2021 and their first in all competitions since November with a 2-1 win over Halifax Town, thanks to goals from Michael Petrasso and Anthony Wordsworth.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The Bees were playing what was their first game in two weeks, after a number of games had been postponed due to the weather.

The match had a lively opening, with the home side causing a lot of problems early on for Halifax, with Courtney Baker-Richardson having a half chance within the first minute, which was comfortable for Sam Johnson.

The visitors were very quick in progressing up the pitch, with some fast interchanges, but were unable to translate it into a meaningful chance.

JJ Hooper had the ball in the back of the net on 18 minutes, but was judged to have kicked the ball from the goalkeepers hands and so the goal didn't stand.

Neither side were causing much of a threat on goal as we entered the halfway point in the first half, but Liam Daly very nearly found himself giving his side the lead when Anthony Wordworth's free kick fell to him on the edge of the box and he drilled an effort just wide of the post.

The Bees however would take the lead less than 10 minutes later, when Petrasso broke into space, poking a shot in the far corner of the goal and putting the home side 1-0 up.

The final two minutes certainly produced a dramatic end to the first half.

Wordsworth out of nowhere shot at goal, curling into the top right corner a beautiful effort to double the Bees lead. But right as the fourth official announced stoppage time, the Shaymen came up the other end to grab a goal of their own thanks to Jeff King meaning the sides would go into the break at 2-1.

Halifax started the second half with a lot of the ball, aiming to build on the goal they scored just before the break, pressing high up the field against the Bees low block.

The Bees though were resolute in their efforts to contain them and even looked to threaten on the break on occasions.

But the visitors didn't give up hopes of a comeback and continued to grow frustrated as the home side held their nerve against any attack which came their way, which was very much a combined effort from the Bees, as the clock continued to countdown.

Despite the frantic end to the game, the Bees were able to hold onto their 2-1 lead and clinch a vital three points.

Barnet Team: Loach, Dunne, Petrasso (Mason-Clark 67'), Hooper (McBurnie 90+3'), Taylor, Richards-Everton, Baker-Richardson (Faal 81'), Binnom-Williams, Juud, Daly, Wordsworth 

Subs not used: Azaze and Kefalas  

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