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Preview: Barnet v Pools

15 March 2019

Barnet v Hartlepool United Funkee Monkey
Barnet v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to The Hive.

Barnet v Pools
National League
Saturday 16th March 2019, 3pm
The Hive

In Opposition
Barnet currently occupy 19th spot in the National League but it’s difficult to know how accurate a reading that is on their performance given they have four games in hand on most teams around them.

The Bees’ strong progress in both the FA Cup and FA Trophy has seen them fall behind on their league schedule and also drop just three points above the relegation zone.

Darren Currie’s men are now playing catch-up and they’re in the midst of a run which has seen them play a game every Tuesday since the start of February and that trend is set to continue in to April.

They have tasted National League victory just once in their ten outings since the turn of the year and will be hoping they can now string together an improved run to help lift them away from any danger.

Star Player
Wes Fonguck is closing in on double figures for the season after scoring Barnet’s goal in the 1-1 draw with FC Halifax Town on Tuesday night.

The 21-year-old has been with The Bees since 2014 and graduated through their Academy to earn a professional contract at the club in the summer of 2015.

An England C international, Fonguck has scored eight goals so far this term and his impact could be crucial as Barnet target a strong finish to the 2018/19 campaign.

Head To Head
Saturday’s game will be the 24th competitive meeting between the two sides and Barnet have the edge historically having won 10 times in comparison to Pools’ eight victories.

The Bees have taken the points on the last three occasions that the teams have played, earning a 3-1 triumph in front of the BT Sport cameras at The Super 6 Stadium earlier this season.

It will be Pools’ third trip to Barnet’s new home at The Hive – they won on the first visit in March 2016 but were beaten there 3-2 in October 2016 despite taking a 2-0 lead.

Last Meeting
Sunday 18th November 2019
Pools 1 (Kioso 10) Barnet 3 (Duku 24, 25, Walker 90)

Pools: Loach, Richardson, Kioso, Anderson, Kitching, Donaldson, Noble, Featherstone, McLaughlin, O’Neill, James.
Subs not used: Butler, Hawkes, Newton.

Barnet: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Robson, Adams, Taylor, Fonguck, Sweeney, Duku, Bettamer.
Subs not used: Matrevics, Sparkes, Elito.

Carl Brook will take charge of his first Pools game of the current season this weekend when he’s the man in the middle for our encounter with Barnet.

The only other occasion that Brook has presided over a Pools fixture was in September 2017 when he was on the whistle for our win over Leyton Orient at Brisbane Road.

Now in to this third season on the National League’s list of referees, his latest appointment came last weekend when he saw Harrogate Town win 4-0 at Braintree Town.

Brook has flashed eight red cards in his 22 National League games so far during 2018/19.

Live Coverage
There will be full live commentary of Saturday’s game at The Hive on Pools PlayerHD.

Join Mark Simpson for live coverage of the action as it unfolds with Pools looking to respond following Tuesday evening’s defeat at a blustery AFC Fylde.

Click here to join Pools PlayerHD in time to listen to the live commentary of Saturday’s game.

Pools fans will be able to buy their tickets on the day of the game at The Hive.

Click here for full information on tickets for this fixture.

Barnet have been installed as 21/20 favourites for three points on Saturday, with Pools rated a 12/5 shot and the draw priced up at odds of 21/10.

Click here now to take a look at all the latest odds and price boosts with our friends at Sky Bet.

We turn our attentions to Saturday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of our National League trip to The Hive.

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Match Reports

Pools Pick Up A Point From The Hive

16 March 2019

Scott Loach Ian Randall (Shutter Press)
Scott Loach makes a save as Pools take on Barnet

Pools picked up a well-earned point against Barnet after an entertaining if blustery afternoon at The Hive.

Craig Hignett opted to make one change from the team which started at AFC Fylde in midweek as Liam Noble was restored to the heart of midfield after being rested.

Josh Hawkes could have handed Pools the dream start when he neatly slalomed his way in to some space on the left edge of the area but his powerful drive flew just too high.

With the wind on top, neither side was able to enjoy much in the way of fluency and chances were at a premium in the opening quarter of an hour.

However, The Bees could have gone in front on 15 minutes when a deep left-wing corner found the head of Dan Sweeney and he looked to have found the corner of the net before Scott Loach flew to his left to produce a wonderful save.

Shaq Coulthirst was next to try his luck as the hosts warmed to their task but, after some good play on the left of the area, his curling shot clipped the near post on its way wide.

Just as the home side seemed to be getting on top, Pools sent out a warning shot at the other end when Fraser Kerr decided to let fly from long-range and his wind-assisted drive was brilliantly flicked over the bar by Barnet keeper Mark Cousins.

A period of pressure followed for Pools as they penned in their hosts with a series of corners but couldn’t further test Cousins and The Bees were able to regain their composure.

David Edgar had to react quickly to prevent Coulthirst a chance at the front post after a fizzed-in cross from the left, while Hawkes had another go from distance for Pools but again shot just too high.

A sweeping counter-attack from Barnet provided a half-chance for Tarpey when he got on the end of Cheye Alexander’s whipped cross from the right but steered a volley wide of the target.

Tarpey tested Loach again with a wicked free-kick right on the stroke of half-time but again Loach was up to the challenge and blocked the curling drive away to safety.

Pools began the second half strongly and Luke Molyneux almost scored a wonder goal as he wriggled past one defender before nutmegging another only to fire his shot just over the bar.

The Bees should have gone in front on 52 minutes though. A deep cross from the right found Wesley Fonguck at the back post and he nodded it back across goal to Coulthirst who somehow scuffed a shot wide.

The blustery wind continued to dictate how much football was played but Pools thought they had stolen in front 17 minutes from time when Hawkes slipped Nicke Kabamba through on goal and he rifled a shot in to the roof of the net only for a late offside flag to cut short celebrations.

At the other end Barnet had appeals for a penalty turned down when the referee instead opted to caution Barnet substitute Simeon Akinola for simulation.

Barnet finished the game on the front foot but without the cutting edge to penetrate a determined Pools backline as Hignett’s men kept their first clean sheet in five games.

Full Time: Barnet 0 Pools 0

Booked: Kerr (17), Anderson (88)

Barnet: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Tarpey, Coulthirst (Barham 83), Taylor, Boucaud, Fonguck, Sweeney,Mason-Clark (Akinola 78).
Subs Not Used:
Matrevics, Robson, Elito.

Pools: Loach, Kioso, Kerr, Edgar, Anderson, Noble (Featherstone 85), Donaldson, Hawkes (Holohan 90), Molyneux, James, Kabamba.
Subs Not Used: Amos, Kitching, Muir.

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Ticket News

Tickets For Barnet Available Online

13 March 2019

The Hive Jon Bromley (Pro Sports Images)
Barnet play their football at The Hive

Here's all the ticket information you need if you want to follow the lads in action at Barnet this Saturday.

Pools fans can purchase tickets in advance online for this coming Saturday's game against Barnet at The Hive.

Click here to order online now.

Tickets will also be available on the day from the Away Ticket Office which opens at 12.30pm.

Adults - £20
Seniors (65 and over) - £13
Under 21s - £13
Under 17s - £5

All disabled tickets will include access for one plus carer – for details on how to order these contact Barnet FC direct on 0208 381 3800.

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