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Preview | Havant & Waterlooville (a)

26 April 2019

Vanarama National League – Westleigh Park – Saturday 27th April 2019 – KO: 12:30pm

The Bees will be hoping to end the season on a high when they travel to Westleigh Park to face Havant & Waterlooville tomorrow afternoon.

Darren Currie’s side will go into the season finale off the back of a 1-1 draw at home to Bromley on Monday. Jordan Higgs opened the scoring in the early stages of the second half before Shaq Coulthirst hit the 20-goal mark when bagging the equaliser on 71 minutes.

Last Meeting:

It proved to be a frustrating night for the Bees in our last meeting with Havant & Waterlooville back in September. Coulthirst netted from the spot in the first half before Andy Robinson bagged an equaliser with 20 minutes to go. Barnet’s number 10 then scored what looked to be the winner late on but Robinson was on hand to equalise again, rustling the net in stoppage time as the game ended 2-2.

Caretaker Manager: Shaun Gale

Following the dismissal of Lee Bradbury earlier this week, former Bee Shaun Gale will be sat in Havant’s dugout tomorrow as caretaker boss.

This weekend’s clash will see the 49-year-old take the reins at Westleigh Park for the second time after taking up the managerial role from 2007 until 2012.

As a player, Gale started his career at Portsmouth before making the move to Barnet in 1994. The former full-back made over 130 appearances for the Bees over three years before departing for Exeter City. He hung up his boots whilst at Havant in 2003, three years after he joined the club.

One to Watch: Alfie Rutherford

Striker Alfie Rutherford has used this season to make a name for himself in the National League and what a campaign he’s had.

The youngster is currently the Hawks’ top scorer having bagged 15 goals and will be hoping for more tomorrow afternoon.

Rutherford also netted a brace in Havant’s last home game against Ebbsfleet and will undoubtedly cause the Barnet defenders all sorts of problems tomorrow.

Recent League Form:

The Hawks, who are already relegated, haven’t won in their last five league games.

A 2-2 draw away at ten-men Sutton United was followed up by a 2-1 defeat at home to Harrogate Town a week later. Relegation was confirmed in their next game after losing 3-2 away at Solihull Moors despite going in front. They then let a three-goal half-time lead slip last Friday, drawing 3-3 at home to Ebbsfleet United and go into tomorrow’s game after losing 2-0 away at Aldershot Town on Monday.

Havant have also scored 62 goals this season but have conceded more than anyone in the division with 82. As for their home form, the Hawks have won seven of their 22 matches at Westleigh Park this term.

Last 5 league games: DLLDL

Connections:

Craig Robson began his career at Havant & Waterlooville after progressing through the academy before leaving for Australian outfit Sorrento in 2011.


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