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Match Previews

FA Cup Preview: Leiston (A)

23 October 2020

The Bees kick off their FA Cup campaign with a trip to Southern League Premier Division side Leiston FC. After a disrupted week it is set to be a extremely difficult Fourth Qualifying Round Tie.

Fixture Details:

Leiston vs Barnet FC

Saturday 24th October, 15:00

Victory Road

Emirates FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round


This weekend's hosts ply their trade in the Southern League Premier Division Central (Step 3 of Non-League) and have made a difficult start to the season, as they currently sit 22nd and bottom of the division. However, they have impressed in the Emirates FA Cup so far this season having beaten Halsted Town, Biggleswade Town, Leighton Town and AFC Telford United to reach this stage of the competition. They have already experienced one giant-killing so far in this years cup run, knocking out National League North opposition in Telford United on penalties following a battling 0-0 draw. 

Leiston will be looking to equal their best ever run in the competition and know a win on Saturday will see them do just that. Their previous best run came in the 2008-9 season when they reached the First Round before being knocked out by Fleetwood Town in a replay, following a historic home draw against the Fleet at the first time of asking. The Blues will fancy their chances going into the match, as they'll know that we head to Suffolk with a depleted side following several positive tests for COVID-19. With an expected reduced sell out crowd of 600, it has all the makings of a difficult cup tie for the Bees. 


In terms of preparation for the match, to say it's been a disrupted week would be an understatement for the Bees. As reported throughout the week, the boys have been self-isolating and following wide-scale testing nine players will miss the FA Cup clash on Saturday afternoon. The boss won't be present either after he tested positive, meaning that his assistant Steve Jenkins will lead the side at Victory Road. 

It has been 10 days since we were in competitive action, as we beat Weymouth at The Hive London last Tuesday as a first half strike from Wes Fonguck sealed the points for the Bees. The boys who are available will now have to pull together and do their utmost to negate this difficult looking Fourth Qualifying Round tie. In last season's FA Cup run we reached the First Round of the competition before falling to League One side Fleetwood Town at The Hive London, to reach that stage again in the difficult circumstances we face would be a commendable achievement from the Bees. 


See highlights of last seasons Fourth Qualifying Round victory over Potters Bar Town:



Unfortunately, the hosts will not be live streaming the fixture and due to the Club taking a skeleton staff to the Cup Clash we will not be able to put an alternative in place. We will ensure that there is minute by minute extended text coverage of the match via our social media channels, plus reaction from the camp following the game. 

We will ensure that any participation in further rounds in the competition is covered more extensively and we hope supporters can understand our current situation. In the interests of safety, the Club will only be sending tested staff as part of our officials and media allocation.

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Match Reports

Match Pack: Leiston 2-3 Barnet FC

24 October 2020

The Bees showed spirit, determination and character to come from behind to beat Leiston and book their place in the FA Cup First Round.


The Bees almost took the lead through JJ Hooper inside eight minutes as our number 11 rounded the goalkeeper before his shot was dramtically hooked off the line by a sliding Blues defender. 

However, it was the Southern League Premier side who opened the scoring on the ninth minute as Will Davies turned home a good low cross to give the hosts the lead. 

We responded on 15 minutes as Michael Petrasso scored on debut after he turned in the rebound following a good save from a Hooper strike from the edge of the box. But the hosts then restored their advantage immediately as a corner was unfortunately turned into his own net by defender Jack Connors. 

The Bees huffed and puffed for the remainder of the half and got their reward just a minute before the break as Hooper slotted home from the spot after a handball in the penalty area. 

Right at the start of the second half, debutant goalkeeper Aymen Azaze had to be brave to rush out at the feet of Leiston attacker before getting to his feet to parry away the rebound. The 18-year-old 'keeper but in an assured first appearance in between the sticks and on this afternoon's showing he has a very bright future.  

After the break, the youthful Bees side continued to ramp up the pressure on Leiston. The Blues 'keeper was forced into three good stops from Eliot Richards, Connors and Xander McBurnie, as the side led by Steve Jenkins looked to gain the lead for the first time. 

Up the other end, the hosts had chances of their own, as a Leiston free-kick was almost turned in, only for the powerful header to fly over Azaze's crossbar. It was a warning that sparked the Bees into life as they retook the initiative in difficult conditions in Suffolk. 

As time ticked on and penalties loomed the Bees scored a dramatic winner just six minutes from time, as Petrasso doubled his tally as he scrambled home after a dangerous corner into the Leiston six-yard box. 

In what was a highly commendable display from the boys after an extremely disrupted week, they held on to rightly book their place in Monday night's First Round draw. 

Barnet: Azaze, Pascal, Connors, Richards, Petrasso, Hooper, Taylor, McBurnie, Walker, Vasiliou, Hernandez. 

Unused subs: Callan, Tompkins, Granville. 







The Bees travel to Wrexham in their next Vanarama National League fixture on Tuesday night. They'll look to take confidence from this afternoon's display into a tough clash in North Wales. 

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