We turn our attentions to Sunday’s action with a full and in-depth preview of Barnet’s visit to The Super 6 Stadium.
Pools v Barnet
Sunday 18th November, 4.30pm
The Super 6 Stadium
Barnet find themselves back in the National League once more after being relegated from League Two despite winning 3-0 on a tense and ultimately devastating final day.
Their astonishing run of late season form wasn’t enough to save them and Martin Allen departed for Chesterfield in the aftermath, leaving Barnet to turn to another experienced boss in the shape of John Still.
The Bees emerged from a slow start to the new campaign to enjoy a run of five wins in a row during late August and in to September but they have been up and down since then.
However, they lie just three points behind Pools in the National League table and will consider themselves very much still in the chase for a play-off spot and an instant return to the EFL.
Wesley Fonguck has been in great form for Barnet this season and has already hit the net six times from midfield, including four in three games at the beginning of last month.
Having come through the club’s Academy, he made his senior debut in May 2016 and has been in and around the action since but has really come to the fore this term.
Pools will need to make sure they keep him quiet on Sunday and win the midfield battle if they want to get back to winning ways in the National League.
Head To Head
Sunday’s game will be just the 23rd competitive meeting between the sides and Barnet have the slight edge having won nine games in comparison to Pools’ eight.
The Bees did the double over Pools last time they shared a division in 2016/17 and we haven’t enjoyed a home victory over them since a 6-1 thrashing in December 2000.
Saturday 22nd April 2017
Pools 0 Barnet 2 (Akinde 66, Akinola 71)
Pools: Fryer, Magnay. Bates, Harrison, Featherstone (Blackford 69), Thomas, Walker, Woods, Deverdics, Oates, Alessandra (Amond 59).
Subs not used: Carson, Hawkins, Rooney, Rodney.
Barnet: Vickers, Johnson, Nelson, Taylor, Clough, Weston, Bover Izquierdo (Champion 65), Campbell-Ryce, Shomotun (Akinola 65), Taylor (Fonguck 89), J Akinde.
Subs not used: McKenzie-Lyle, Santos, S Akinde.
Martin Woods returns to The Super 6 Stadium for a second time this season on Sunday when he’s the man in the middle for our meeting with Barnet.
The official was also on the whistle when we hosted Aldershot Town on home turf in September, whilst he was also the man to send-off Andrew Davies in our 1-0 defeat at Wrexham earlier this month.
Woods is in his first season on the National League’s list of referees and his most recent appointment saw him take charge at Chesterfield for their 1-1 FA Cup with Billericay last weekend.
There’ll be live commentary on Pools PlayerHD as usual when Brian Honour joins Mark Simpson in The Super 6 press box from 4.20pm.
The duo will bring you all the latest ahead of kick-off and then describe every step of the action as it unfolds against The Bees.
Live On BT Sport
Sunday’s game is being broadcast live on BT Sport 2 and their coverage will get underway from 4pm with a pre-match interview lined-up with suspended Pools skipper Carl Magnay.
The show will be hosted by Matt Smith who will be joined by Chris Hargreaves and Andy Mangan, while the commentary team will be Adam Summerton and Adam Virgo.
Fans can purchase tickets in advance from The Super 6 Stadium Ticket Office which is open from 12noon until kick-off on Sunday.
We’ll also be opening a Matchday Ticket Office behind the EDC Neale Cooper Stand at 3pm for fans to go along and buy their tickets.
Pools have been installed as 7/5 favourites for three points, with Barnet priced at 9/5 and the draw rated an 11/15 shot with our friends at Sky Bet.