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Match Pack: Barnet 2-1 AFC Fylde

7 December 2019

The Bees snatched all three points right at the death to seal back to back National League victories. Simeon Akinola's late header sealed the points after Jack Taylor and Danny Rowe strikes had the teams deadlocked.

HOW IT HAPPENED 

The Bees started the better of the sides and almost took the lead when Josh Walker's powerful strike went just wide of the far post. 

It was Walker involved again as he headed straight at Sam Hornby after Simeon Akinola's strike deflected into his path. 

13 minutes in and it was the Coasters turn to threaten to take the lead, as first Ryan Croasdale saw a shot blocked, before Scott Loach saved from Danny Rowe.

Straight back up the other end, the returning Cheye Alexander saw an effort comfortably saved by Hornby, but it looked as though the Bees started where they left off against Ebbsfleet. 

Midway through the half J Taylor tried his luck with an effort from distance, but again Hornby was equal to it. Up the other end, Dan Bradley's deflected effort has to be saved well by Loach. 

With eight minutes to go before the break the Bees took the lead, as the ball broke through for Jack Taylor, he lashed his effort into the corner to put us ahead. It was the Irishman's eighth goal of the season and it was another super strike to add to his collection. 

Darren Currie's side had a golden chance to double their lead as J Taylor skipped into the area and through on goal, however, he tried to find Walker allowing Fylde to hack clear. It was unselfish play from our number seven, but it really was an opening the Bees should have taken. 

Into the second half and it was J Taylor with the first effort of the period, his strike from 20 yards out was saved by Hornby. 

The Irishman was running the show, with 55 minutes on the clock he unleashed a powerful effort from distance, which Hornby had to turn round for a corner. 

But against the run of play, the Coasters levelled as the dangerous Rowe fired home from a free-kick to level things up with an hour played. 

On the 77th minute, the ground rose as one to remember Billy Meadows who sadly passed away earlier this week. A touching moment at The Hive London to remember a Bees great.

Into the final 10 minutes and the Bees continued to dominate the possession but the ball just wouldn't fall for Currie's side. 

Sparkes sent in a superb delivery from a corner but it was flicked across the goal and just clear. 

There was a succession of corner kicks but the Coasters continued to stand firm as stoppage time approached. 

A last-ditch challenge from Callum Reynolds kept the scores level as the clock ticked into three minutes of added time. 

But there was to be a late twist as Akinola powered in a header from a Sparkes corner to snatch a deserved three points for the Bees. 

Barnet XI: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Dunne (C), J Taylor, Akinola, H Taylor, Fonguck (Adams '90+3), Walker (Vilhete '84), Tutonda (Sparkes '77). 

 

ATT: 661

TEAM NEWS

Cheye Alexander came in for the injured Dan Sweeney, meanwhile, there was a return to the bench for Dan Sparkes.

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WHAT IT MEANS 

The Bees now move back into the top half of the Vanarama National League table following today's victory. We now find ourselves just 4 points off those play-off places. 

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UP NEXT

The Bees will now turn their attentions to FA Trophy action as we host Weymouth in the First Round next Saturday.


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