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Preview: Barnet v Pools

15 March 2019

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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.

Referee
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.

Tickets
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.

Betting
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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