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Match Preview: Torquay United (H)

30 January 2021

The Bees take on table toppers Torquay United this afternoon, in what is a must win game.

Fixture Details:

Barnet FC vs Torquay United

Saturday 30th January 2021, 15:00 KO

The Hive London

Vanarama National League

THE GULLS

League Position: 1st (P19 W12 D4 L3)

Last Result: Torquay United 0-0 Sutton United (Tuesday 26th January 2021)

Manager: Gary Johnson

Club Captain: Asa Hall

Without a doubt the team of the season so far, with a nine-point advantage at the top of the National League and the only side to hit double figures in terms of wins. This remarkable season for the Gulls may have come as somewhat of a shock as they were only in the National League South back in the 2018-2019 season and finished in 14th place, six points above the drop last season in the National League.

Their form as taken a bit of dip in recent games, as they are winless in their last three league games, though their last outing was against a Sutton United side who are currently hot on their tails and could overtake them if they win their games in hand. However, in between all of that were still able to record an impressive 4-0 away win to Boreham Wood in the FA Trophy.

In the 19 games which the Gulls have played in the league, they have scored a remarkable 38 goals, but they will be without their top goal scorer Daniel Wright, who is currently out after having an operation to cure a hamstring problem.

THE BEES

It was a tough night at the office for the Bees on Tuesday as they slipped to the bottom of the National League table after defeat away to Dover Athletic, making Saturday’s game vs Torquay a must-win, ahead of a busy schedule of games.

The one positive to take from the trip to Kent was Michael Petrasso grabbing a goal, in his second appearance after returning from injury.

Tim Flowers will be hoping that the addition of new players ahead of the game will help to boost the numbers and quality among the squad in order to try and make a statement up against the league leaders and get what would be a first win since knocking Burton Albion out of the Emirates FA Cup, back in November.

Tim Flowers will be boosted with the return of creative midfielder Anthony Wordsworth, whilst Xander McBurnie and Tyrone Duffus are nearing a return to action. 

LAST TIME WE MET:

The pair met each other last, back at the start of the 2019-2020 season, with Jack Taylor grabbing the Bees a late goal to clinch a point, as the game ended 2-2, coming back after being 2-0 down at half time.

WHERE TO FOLLOW THE ACTION:

Live From The Hive is back!

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 0-2 Torquay United

30 January 2021

A goal either side of half time condemned the Bees to defeat against the early National League leaders Torquay United.

MATCH ACTION:

After an even start at a rainy Hive London, it was the visitors who took the lead, as Ben Whitfield finished an incisive Gulls breakaway. 

The Bees reacted well to falling behind and nearly levelled through new man Courtney Baker-Richardson, but the ball was nipped off his toes at the crucial moment, after a good ball from Mason-Clark. 

Liam Daly was next to have a chance for the Bees as his towering header forced MacDonald to punch clear. 

Torquay were a threat themselves and almost doubled their lead through Whitfield but his effort was wide of the near post. 

The last chance of the half fell to the Bees, but JJ Hooper couldn't get Myles Judd's delicious cross on target. 

The second half saw a continued response from Tim Flowers' side, the introduction of Michael Petrasso saw the Bees try to get at the league leaders. 

Scott Loach made a big stop with 23 minutes left on the watch, as Whitfield broke clear but Loach stood strong to deny him one-on-one. 

Moments later Rob Street founds a gap in the Bees backline, but he couldn't convert his effort on target. 

In what was his first appearance in over 10 months, it was an impressive debut from Courtney Baker-Richardson, he will gain more fitness but had to withdraw just before the hour mark. 

The Gulls had an extended spell of possession and found a second goal with seven minutes left on the watch, as Jake Andrews fired in from 20 yards. 

The league leaders saw the game out and whilst there was an improvement from the Bees, they couldn't find an all-important result. 

There is yet another swift turnaround for the Bees, as they have another game on Tuesday night where they'll make the short trip to Aldershot Town. 

 

Barnet: Loach, Judd, Daly, Richards-Everton, Binnom-Williams; Taylor, Dunne (C), Wordsworth (McBurnie); Mason-Clark (Petrasso), Hooper, Baker-Richardson (Pavey). 

Unused subs: Azaze, Kefalas. 

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