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27 February 2021 Venue Victoria Park Attendance

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Match Preview: Hartlepool United (A)

26 February 2021

The Bees make the trip to the North-East to take on Hartlepool United in the late Saturday afternoon kick-off. Preview in association with LVBet.

FIXTURE DETAILS:

Hartlepool United FC vs Barnet FC

Saturday 27th February 2021, 17:20 KO

Victoria Park

Vanarama National League

THE POOLS

League Position: 3rd (P23 W12 D4 L7)

Last Result: Wrexham 0-0 Hartlepool (Tuesday 23rd February 2021)

Manager: Dave Challinor

Club Captain: Ryan Donaldson

Hartlepool are proving to be real dark horses in the race for the Football League as they currently sit in third position, seven points behind leaders Torquay, but with two games in hand. The main concern for Pools fans has been their sides consistency, dropping 29 points so far this season and being inflicted with some heavy defeats including a 5-0 loss at home to Torquay and a 3-0 loss away to Woking.

They picked up a valuable point on the road against Wrexham on Tuesday, but it confirmed that in their last eight away games, they now only have one win, with Victoria Park appearing to get the best out of the Pools players.

THE BEES

Tim Flowers will be wanting a lot more from his players on Saturday, after being thrashed 5-1 by King’s Lynn Town on Tuesday. Despite being only 2-1 down at the break and very much in the game from the restart, some poor defending allowed King’s Lynn to take advantage and run away with the game, condemning the Bees to their 15th loss in the league this season.

Flowers was extremely critical of his sides heart and desire on Tuesday and the boys will now have to prove that they have the fight as they face the daunting prospect of taking on one the teams with the best home record in the division. The Bees have sporadically shown they are capable of performances but have to start finding some consistency if they have any hope of pushing up the league table. 

While defending has been a problem, attacking wise Flowers' men will hope to be more potent in front of goal. The Bees lack of goals will hope to be boosted by the signing of striker Tomi Adeloye who has joined on a short-term deal and brings experience from a number of non-league sides, but also a short spell playing in the PL2 with Stoke City.

The performance the last time the sides met was one of few chances, but a positive one which could have easily have been a win for the Bees. They will be hoping they can produce something similar on Saturday in front of the TV cameras, but going one step further to try and get those all-important three points.

LAST TIME WE MET:

A 0-0 stalemate was the result in the reverse fixture back in November at the Hive. 

WHERE TO FOLLOW THE ACTION:

The match will be live on BT Sport 2, with the programme getting underway at 17:00, ahead of the 17:20 kick off.

Alternatively, you will be able to keep up to date via the live match updates on Twitter with all the post-match reaction to follow.

As a result of the game being broadcast by BT Sport and the subsequent league rules, there will be no stream via Hartlepool United. 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Pools 1-0 Bees

27 February 2021

In an open 20 minutes period at the start of the match, both sides showed plenty of endeavour but didn't create any clear cut openings. 

The hosts went close on 27 minutes as Luke Armstrong met a dangerous cross, but Scott Loach was equal to his effort as he made a fantastic reflex save. 

Up the other end, it was the Bees who were next fashion an opening as JJ Hooper broke clear but couldn't find the finish as Ben Killip made a good save to deny him. 

On 32 minutes it was the Pools who took the lead as a break down the left-hand side was eventually turned in from six yards by Armstrong. 

It could have been two just a minute letter, as a carbon copy attack was this time turned over from almost the same position by Rhys Oates. 

The hosts continued to press as the half drew to a close and thanks to Loach the score was kept at one, as he denied Gavan Holohan. 

Tim Flowers' men looked threatening on the break but didn't create enough clear cut openings in the opening 45. 

Into the second half and it was the hosts who created the first opening, as Holohan found space in the area for a shot, but a brave block from Liam Daly denied him. The Bees themselves were looking to use the pace of Petrasso on the breakaway, as they looked to forge a way back into the match. 

Moments later it was Oates who went close as he flicked Jamie Sterry's cross just wide of the far post. Meanwhile, up the other end, Myles Judd's dangerous cross just evaded the sliding Hooper who was darting into the danger area. 

The Pools continued to push throughout the half, but the Bees stood strong and managed to keep chances at a premium for the hosts who continued to find good areas out wide.

Second-half substitute Ep created the Bees clearest opening of the second half, as he came forward before finding Courtney Baker-Richardson, but the Barrow loanee's strike went over the crossbar. 

As time ticked on Pools substitute Luke Molyneux fired a curling effort wide from just inside the area when he should have found the target after the dangerous Sterry played a great pull-back into the area. 

The hosts had a golden chance to finish the game off with a minute left on the clock, but Armstrong somehow managed to miss despite having an open goal to tap home into. 

The Bees tried to threaten as time ticked away but couldn't snatch an equaliser and ultimately left Victoria Park empty handed. 

Barnet: Loach, Dunne (c), McQueen, Petrasso (Mason-Clark 76'), Hooper, H Taylor, Richards-Everton, Adeloye (Baker-Richardson 67'), Judd, R Taylor, Daly. 

Subs not used: Azaze, McBurnie, Kefalas. 

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