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Match Preview: Stockport County (A)

16 March 2021

The Bees are once again on their travels as they make the trip to Edgeley Park to take on Stockport County in Vanarama National League action. Preview in association with LVBet.

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Stockport County vs Barnet FC 

Tuesday, March 16th, 2021, 19:00 KO

Edgeley Park 

Vanarama National League - Matchday 26. 

THE HATTERS

League Position: 5th (P26 W12 D7 L7)

Last Result: Solihull Moors 0-5 Stockport County - Tuesday 9th March

Manager: Simon Rusk

Club Captain: Liam Hogan 

The Hatters will come into this one with confidence sky-high after they demolished 10 man Solihull Moors in their previous fixture. After the hosts went down to ten men, Rusk's side dominated proceedings from the off and came away comfortable winners in the West Midlands. Despite their decent league position, it is thought that the hosts are underachieving by some, as many had tipped them to win the title this season, however, they currently sit ten points behind leaders Sutton United, having played a game more. 

The hosts have had their goal threat bolstered overnight, with the signing of experienced Football League striker, Paddy Madden. Madden has scored over 100 EFL goals and moved from Fleetwood Town where he was the Clubs all-time leading goalscorer in the Football League. The Irish international could make his debut against the Bees this evening and will be looking to make the perfect start to life at Edgeley Park. With the race for promotion heating up, the hosts will be looking to do all they can to keep the pressure on those at the top of the table, whilst also ensuring they cement their place in The National League play-offs. 

THE BEES

Saturday's trip to Bromley saw an improved performance by the Bees, as they came from behind twice to secure a point at the play-off chasing side. The biggest improvement was the number of chances Paul Fairclough's side made on Saturday, they had plenty of chances to snatch the three points and will be hoping to take some confidence into tonight's tough-looking match with The Hatters. The clash with the Ravens also saw on-loan striker Courtney Baker-Richardson get his first Barnet goal and he put in a solid display up front with Ephron Mason-Clark and fellow goalscorer Michael Petrasso. 

With Saturday's draw being our first point away from home since October, the Bees will look to approach this one with a no-fear attitude and capitalise when chances present themselves at Edgeley Park. The hosts have not won back to back home games in the league since October and will be looking to put that right, but a rejuvenated Bees side will do their utmost to take something back down the motorway this evening. 

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The hosts will be streaming the match at a cost of £7.50, for more information CLICK HERE 

Alternatively, you can follow live text updates via the Clubs social media channels. 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Stockport County 2-1 Barnet FC

16 March 2021

The Bees ran promotion chasing Stockport County to the wire but left Edgeley Park empty handed following a late Hatters winner.

On a chilly evening in the North-West, there were chances for either side in the opening three minutes, as first Alex Reid fired an effort wide for the Hatters, before Courtney Baker-Richardson struck wide of goal for the Bees. 

The hosts came within inches of taking the lead of five minutes, as Harry Cardwell's flicked headers struck the inside of Aymen Azaze's upright. 

On nine minutes the hosts did take the lead, as Liam Hogan tapped home from three yards out after Azaze had made an incredible stop from a powerful header at point blank range. 

The Bees responded well to falling behind and could have been level but Ben Hinchliffe in the Stockport goal, as he did well to hold Ephron Mason-Clark's powerful effort. 

Paul Fairclough's side had another good chance to go level on 25 minutes, as Michael Petrasso found an amazing pass to Baker-Richardson, who couldn't quite get it under his spell when through on goal. 

Baker-Richardson was at it again minutes later, as he headed Lee Vaughan's dangerous cross just over the crossbar. Meanwhile, County looked threatening as Alex Newby flashed an effort into the gloves of Azaze. 

Stockport had new man Paddy Madden on the pitch after a first half substitution and he would have been immediately on the scoresheet, but for a brave block from Ben Richards-Everton. 

Azaze made a big stop with five minutes left of the half, as Reid twisted in the area before unleashing a stinging effort which the 19-year-old was equal to. 

The Bees started the second half brightly and almost equalised through Alex McQueen as he saw his powerful free-kick parried away by Hinchliffe. 

The hosts should have doubled their lead through Madden as he headed wide with the goal gaping, after a free-flowing Stockport move.

But it would be the Bees who would level as McQueen brought down a ball in the box before calmly slotting under Hinchliffe. 

Fairclough's side continued to threaten on the counter and could have led when Petrasso got to the byeline only to see his cutback hacked clear. Meanwhile, Azaze continued to be a rock as he stopped Newby's low effort. 

It would be the promotion-chasing hosts who would take the lead with seven minutes left on the watch, as substitute Jack Stretton squeezed an effort home. 

The Bees chucked everything at it but couldn't snatch what would have been a dramatic equaliser in the dying moments. However, they can take plenty of heart from another gutsy and determined performance. 

Barnet: Azaze, McQueen, Petrasso, Faal (McBurnie), Richards-Everton, Baker-Richardson, Binnom-Williams, Mason-Clark, Vaughan, Daly (c).

 

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