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Match Preview: AFC Fylde (H)

7 December 2019

The Bees host AFC Fylde at The Hive London, as we look to build on our emphatic home win last time out against Ebbsfleet United.

The Facts

Nickname: The Coasters 

Manager: Jim Bentley

Stadium: Mill Farm

League Position: 18th

 

Form Guide:

AFC Fylde Last 5 = W4 D L1

Kingstonian 0-2 AFC Fylde (FA Cup)

Wrexham 0-1 AFC Fylde

AFC Fylde 3-0 Dagenham & Redbridge

Solihull Moors 3-1 AFC Fylde

Nantwich Town 0-1 AFC Fylde (FA Cup)

 

Barnet FC Last 5 = W2 D0 L3

 

Barnet FC 5-2 Ebbsfleet United

Barrow AFC 2-1 Barnet FC

Barnet FC 1-2 Stockport County

Barnet FC 0-2 Fleetwood Town (FA Cup)

Barnet FC 2-1 Chorley FC

 

The Opposition:

The Coasters have so far struggled in the league with a lack of consistency being one of their key problems, but their form has improved after the appointment of Jim Bentley.

Fylde still remains in the FA Cup despite being one of the lowest-ranked sides in the competition and have been drawn to face Premier League side Sheffield United in the Third Round.

The away sides most recent league fixture saw them run out 1-0 winners over Wrexham with Danny Philliskirk’s 30th minute goal being the decisive factor in gaining all three points for the Coasters.

 

The Gaffer: Jim Bentley

A centre-back, Jim Bentley spent his youth career with Manchester City before making his debut for Telford United where he spent five years. In 2002, Bentley moved to Morecambe where he made just under 300 appearances and was made player-manager in 2011.

 

In June 2018, Bentley became the longest-serving manager in the top four tiers of English football until he resigned from his position to become the manager of AFC Fylde where has won four and only lost once in the seven games he has managed.

 

One to Watch: Danny Rowe 

Danny Rowe, having only signed in 2014, is AFC Fylde’s record all-time goalscorer and still impresses week-in week-out with his performances for his local side.

After being promoted with the Coasters to the National League, the step-up was certainly not too much for him to handle as he scored an impressive 24 goals in all competitions.

This season, Rowe has scored 8 goals in all competitions and will be a tough test for the Bees defence.

 

Where to Watch:

You can follow the action live on BT Sport from 17:00 ahead of the 17:20 kick-off at The Hive London. Otherwise, you can join Sam Avery and Will Evans for live commentary over on iBarnet.

There will be live minute by minute updates over on our Twitter account, where you will also be able to find all the post-match reaction.


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