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Match Preview: Altrincham (H)

22 January 2021

The Bees are finally back in action, in what is only their second game of 2021, coming up against an Altrincham side who so far have been enjoying their return to the National League. Preview in association with LVBet.

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Barnet FC vs Altrincham FC

Saturday 23rd January 2021, 15:00 KO

The Hive

Vanarama National League

THE ROBINS

League Position: 5th (P18 W6 D6 L6)

Last Result: Sutton United 2-2 Altrincham (Saturday 9th January 2021)

Manager: Phil Parkinson

Club Captain: Jake Moult

It has been quite the positive season for Altrincham, in what is their first back in the National League since 2016. Even though a lot of the teams around them in the league at the moment have a number of games in hand, it is still a great achievement for the Robins to find themselves in the play-off places at this stage of the season.

However, their form since Christmas has shown a slight dip for the Greater Manchester side, having not won any of their last four games, though only one of those ended in defeat when up against fellow play-off hopefuls Halifax Town.

They are the only side in the top 14 of the league to have a negative goal difference, emphasising their inconsistency both in front of goal and defending the goal, something that Tim Flowers may look to expose.

THE BEES

Despite the recent lack of games for the Bees, having missed fixtures against Boreham Wood, Yeovil and Aldershot, there has been much to be positive about behind the scenes ahead of Saturday’s match.

There has been some new backroom staff at the club in order to help the fitness in the team. As well as this, the Bees have welcomed three new additions to the club, in the form of three new centre backs. The side has welcomed Liam Daly from Gloucester City, Ben Richards-Everton from Bradford City and a player from the Championship in the form of QPR’s young prospect Themis Kefalas on a short term loan.

 

Tim Flowers will be hoping that this can help to rejuvenate the team ahead of what will be a busy period, including rescheduled matches. The team will be boosted by the news that JJ Hooper and Michael Petrasso will be back amongst the squad.

LAST TIME WE MET:

The last meeting between the two sides came back in the 2014/2015 season when the Bees recorded a convincing 3-1 win away to the Robins.

WHERE TO FOLLOW THE ACTION:

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You can watch all of the action live by purchasing a streaming pass. The stream will be live from 14:00, with the pre-match show starting from approximately 14:30.

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Barnet 1-2 Altrincham

23 January 2021

The Bees fell to a 2-1 defeat to Altrincham in what was quite a cagey affair. It was the perfect start to the game, as the Bees went ahead early on when JJ Hooper finished neatly after running nearly the whole length of the pitch. However, Matty Kosylo's goal on 36 minutes meant the sides went into the break level. Despite the second half having few chances, the Robins snatched the win in stoppage time thanks to Josh Hancock.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Bees were looking to get their first win of 2021, in what was only their second game of the new year.

The game began quite slowly with both sides having a number of set pieces, which they were unable to threaten from, with some poor deliveries from both sides.

However, it didn't take long for the Bees to put themselves in front on 14 minutes, after a cheeky interception from Hooper, allowed him to break on a 30-yard sprint and finish calmly past Tony Thompson in the Altincham goal.

Altrincham were having more of the ball, but weren't really offering much in the way of clear cut chances that could cause the Bees many problems, except from a free kick, which just glanced wide of the post.

There was very little to separate the two sides with much of the play happening in the middle of the pitch.

This was until just under ten minutes until the halfway point when Kosylo managed to find a way to squeeze an effort past Scott Loach to get his side back into the game and bring the scores level.

The Bees increased the pressure after this having a number of corners, but were unable to create a meaningful chance from them, meaning the sides went into the break all square.

The visitors were inches away from going in front in the first minute after the restart, after a long ball and flick on found Byron Harrison with an open goal, but he was unable to find the net.

The Robins continued to dominate the proceedings as the Bees struggled to find a way out of their own half, as the pressure mounted from their opponents.

Michael Petrasso was introduced back to the side, as he came on for Ephron Mason-Clark, and gave the Bees the chance to retake the lead when he played a ball into Alfie Pavey, whose header just went over the bar.

Neither side wanted to give too much away as they knew one mistake could be costly, as chances in the game became few and far between.

Altrincham looked the most likely to take the three points and as the game went into stoppage time they did just that, as Hancock finished past Loach to give his side the win late on.

Barnet Team: Loach, Dunne, McQueen (Faal 73'), Pavey, Hooper, Kefalas, Taylor, Richard-Everton, Binnom-Williams, Mason-Clark (Petrasso 56'), Daly

Subs not used: Azaze, Connors and Nugent

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