Match Centre

2-1
Barnet (A)
15:00 - Saturday 23rd January 2021
National League (The Hive Stadium)
Goals: Matty Kosylo [35'] Josh Hancock [90+2']
Goals (Opponent): JJ Hooper [11']
Attendance: 0
Referee: Mr J Duckin
Altrincham
1 Tony Thompson (c)
24 Joel Senior
5 Tom Hannigan
4 Ritchie Sutton
3 Connor Hampson
80
25 Toby Mullarkey
29 Alistair Smith
7 Dan Mooney
74
10 Josh Hancock
15 Matty Kosylo
28 Byron Harrison
70
Substitutes
80
70
Barnet
1 Scott Loach
7 Alexander McQueen
72
15 Themis Kefalas
38 Liam Daly
17 Ben Richards-Everton
16 Harry Taylor
26 Jerome Binnom-Williams
6 James Dunne (c)
27 Ephron Mason-Clark
55
9 Alfie Pavey
11 JJ Hooper
Substitutes
3 Jack Connors
10 Michael Patrasso
55
14 Muhammadu Faal
72
24 Aymen Azaze
31 Ben Nugent
22 Jan 2021 by Ed Painter

Barnet v Altrincham
Vanarama National League
Saturday 23rd January 2021, 15:00 KO
Match Preview - By Ed Painter

After the disappointment of having to withdraw from the FA Trophy, Alty switch their focus back to the National League on Saturday when they make the long trip south to face Barnet.

This weekend’s match at the Hive Stadium will be the Robins’ first game since the 2—2 away draw against Sutton United on January 9, following Covid-19 issues at King’s Lynn Town and within the Alty squad.

In their last outing, Alty had continued to show their ‘never-say-die’ attitude when Connor Hampson’s late screamer against Sutton United saw the Robins leave South London on the 9th with a well-deserved point.

The Robins had taken the lead that day through Toby Mullarkey, but found themselves 2-1 down with seconds to go, courtesy of goals from David Ajiboye and Isaac Olaofe. Thankfully, Hampson’s goal of the season contender right at the death gave the visitors the least they deserved.

And with Altrincham sat fifth in the Vanarama National League table, this weekend’s game provides Phil Parkinson’s men the chance to further cement their place in the play-off picture.

Our opponents this Saturday, who featured in last season’s National League play-offs, losing 2-0 to Notts County in the Semi-Finals, have found things tough this season. Having only played 14 games, the Bees are sat second from bottom, two points above bottom of the league Dover Athletic but having played two more games than the Whites.

In their last outing, all the way back on January 2, Barnet were on the wrong end of a 3-0 home defeat to local rivals Boreham Wood, with a Kabongo Tshimanga double and a goal from Tom Champion doing the damage. To make matters worse for the Bees, defender Myles Judd, who is on loan from Leyton Orient, was given his marching orders after only 29 minutes.

That defeat marked Barnet’s fourth defeat in a row, with their last league win coming all the way back against Weymouth on October 13. Their last points in the league came in the 0-0 draw against Wealdstone. Their disappointing start to the season has also seen a change in leadership, with Peter Beadle being replaced by former Solihull Moors and Macclesfield Town manager Tim Flowers.

Since the arrival of Flowers, the Barnet squad has seen something of an overhaul, especially defensively, with the likes of QPR defender Themis Kefalas, Bradford City defender Ben Richards-Everton and Gloucester City defender Liam Daly all moving to the Hive. There have been outgoings too as defender Bilel Mohsni, midfielder Dean Parrett and striker Inih Effiong have all departed.

With games coming thick and fast, Phil Parkinson’s men will be eager to build upon their good league form and extend their unbeaten run to three.

Last five games

Barnet: DLLLL (F2 A14)
Altrincham: WDLDD (F9 A9)

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Barnet FC do not currently allow any radio commentaries, apart from the BBC who have contractual rights, to be broadcast from The Hive.

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23 Jan 2021 by John Edwards

Parky Time, anyone? It was, of course, known as Fergie Time back in the day, when relentless pressure from Manchester United tended to take its toll just as the clock was turning red.

The expression may well have had its roots in a slightly cynical belief that external influences were somehow being brought to bear on the number held aloft by the fourth official at the end of 90 minutes, but it's surely the drama that then unfolded that will go down as the enduring memory of Sir Alex Ferguson’s Old Trafford reign.

More often than not, his team changed the course of the game with their indefatigable spirit and refusal to recognise a lost cause, and now Phil Parkinson’s team are doing the same, albeit at a far lower level.

They had been counted out, to all intents and purposes, in their previous game at Sutton United, when Connor Hampson equalised from 30 yards with a stunning strike that barely left time for the restart before the final whistle sounded.

It wasn’t left quite so late at The Hive, but the four additional minutes were still well underway when Josh Hancock swept an Andy White cutback unerringly past the Barnet keeper to seal the most deserved of 2-1 wins for a side who are winning friends as well as points with their confident, free-flowing style of play.

What a happy knack to have to be able to score decisive goals so late on, particularly when it has nothing to do with luck.

There was nothing remotely fortuitous about either turn of events down in London, at Sutton or at Barnet. Each time, Alty had been on the front foot for prolonged periods, patiently and persistently probing for a way through and never losing faith that they would succeed.

That is the mark of a good team, one imbued with self-belief as well as ability, and this Alty squad is fast turning into just such a team, particularly with the quality Parkinson has added to the core of players who served him so well on the journey through the Northern Premier League and National League North.

They are up there with the big-budget, full-time National League clubs now, and it is becoming increasingly apparent they are not there just to make up the numbers.

Barnet will testify to that, as will so many others before them this season, after the way they were put to the sword for the vast bulk of the 90 minutes then finally finished off in the four that followed.

It’s no exaggeration to say any number of Alty players would walk into the Barnet line-up or that the Robins looked for all the world like the home team, such was the rearguard action Tim Flowers’ side were forced to fight for most of the afternoon.

Even the goal that gave Barnet the lead in the 14th minute was a travesty that came against the run of play and that relied almost wholly on an uncharacteristic but still glaring error by Joel Senior.

When the ball was hacked clear of the Barnet area, Senior took possession just inside his own half, completely oblivious to the presence of JJ Hooper, who took it off him with alarming ease and surged forward to finish coolly past the advancing Tony Thompson.

Before that horror moment and again after it, one Alty player after another tried to engineer room for a shot inside the Barnet box, only for an outstretched leg to get in the way, as the home side defended in numbers.

Dan Mooney suffered more frustration than most in that regard, constantly jinking past one defender or even two but still finding his way to goal blocked when he tried to take aim.

All that changed, and the frustration lifted, when the Alty wide player turned provider in the 36th minute, rolling the ball to Matty Kosylo in a central position on the edge of the area.

Kosylo, a bundle of energy and box of tricks as usual, took one touch to his right before threading a shot with pinpoint accuracy through a crowded area and in off the left-hand post to draw Alty level and bring them some reward for their constant pressure.

They might have gone ahead seconds later, when Senior swung a cross into the area from the right and Byron Harrison met it with a first-time effort that bobbled wide.

It wasn’t the easiest of finishes for the Alty frontrunner to execute, which couldn’t exactly be said of the opportunity he was presented with in the opening minute of the second half.

An exceptional through ball from Alistair Smith put Kosylo in the clear and gave the Alty midfielder the chance to lob Scott Loach, as the Barnet keeper left his line. Instead, Kosylo unselfishly nudged the ball to his right, where Harrison had an open goal and would surely perform the routine task of putting Alty ahead.

To his dismay, he somehow stumbled over the ball, sending it trickling agonisingly towards the wrong side of the right-hand post. A desperate attempt to retrieve it before it crossed the line for a goal-kick proved unsuccessful, and the chance was lost.

If Harrison looked crestfallen and struggled to make his mark after that, his team-mates kept up the tempo and continued to take the game to their thoroughly outplayed opponents.

Toby Mullarkey, so impressive in the holding role in the absence of Jake Moult, had a shot deflected narrowly wide, penalty appeals for handball were turned down and Mooney almost fastened on to an astute Smith pass that looked, for a split-second, like it would send him clear.

Time was ticking away, and when Tom Hannigan’s glancing header from Yusifu Ceesay’s near-post cross sailed inches wide of the other upright, it seemed Alty’s victory hopes might be counted out.

While there’s time for one more attack, there’s still hope. That would appear to be the Alty adage these days, and, sure enough, a minute into added time, the overlapping White was set up by Ceesay for a low cross that Hancock clipped past Loach.

There was no way back for Barnet, and neither should there have been after playing second fiddle for so long. Justice had been done.

So this is a very happy Co-Chairman signing off from The Hive with the final score iof Barnet 1 Altrincham 2
We continue to show the leaguen that we are here to play our part in full
A rare win for Alty at Barnet - the men against boys of our last visit a distant memory as the scsoreline is not a fair reflection of our dominance
This team! This team continues to amaze me with their spirit and their skill
Final Whistle goes and its BARNET1 ALTRINCHAM 2
Kep ball in cornewr before barnetb lump it long
Its BARNET 1 ALTY2 as Smith played Ceesay in whom found Andy White who squared for Hanks to score
GOALLLLLL Hancock
BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1 board shows 4 added minutes
88 mins Cesay floats a cross outsidfe of boot. Peers flicked header narrowly wide
85 mins electric Ceedsay to byeline. Cleared
And then Barnet cross drifts wide Still BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1
84 mins White cross brilliantly defended as Kosy comeas in Corner Alty
82 mins Kosy burst of pace to byeline sets up Ceesay. Shot blocked
And with his first contribution Andy sets up Yusifu who Inspector gadgets his way into the area. Cleared
Final Alty sub ses Andy White replace Connor Hampson who took a knock a feew minutes ago 80 mins on the clock
Still BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1
78 mins Alty onm the back foot at the moment
74 mins Ceesay on for Mooney still BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1
74 mins sweet Alty move gets to the byeline before being hoofed away
72 mins Barnet sub 7 McQueen off 14 Faal on
Kefi;lis went in the book
Thompson to Hampson to Kosylo - fouled and yellow card for Barnet
70 mins Peers on for Harrison still BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1
69 mins Barnet seem to have ridden the eatrly Alty poressure this half
67 mins Harrison wins ball and Kosylo pulled back. Not given
Still BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1
66 mins Barnet creating more chances as they pump it into the box once more and win the knock down
64 mins Senior cross cum shot as Alty seek to regain the ascendancy
62 mins earlty Barnet cross gives half chance. Over the bar. Still BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1
58 mins Smith dinks it through for Mooney. Not quite!
BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1 Sub 27 Mason-Clarke off 10 Petrasso on for Barnet
55 mins intricate Alty bnuild up play sees potential hand ball notm given
53 mins good Alty pressure and another corner results
50 mins Kosy works opportunity for shot. Blocked
49 mins Alty free kick worked to Mullarkey whose shot deflected for corner
46 mins We should have scored. Kosylo and harrisoin spring the offside trap and Harrison fails to piut it away from a Kosy pass
And the second half is underway withn the scores level at 1-1
Its Bill back on the keyboard after my laptop decided it was tyoo cold to continue
Matt Kosylo's first goal for Alty in the 35th minute brought the Robins level after Barnet scored through JJ Hooper in the 14th minute after Joel Senior lost possession to leave the Bees striker completely in the clear 35 yards from goal. It was a composed finish from just outside the area with Tony Thompson badly exposed. The Robins have been the better side but the Bees have looked quite dangerous when they have ventured forward. BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1
HALF TIME | BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1
Good spell of pressure by Alty, with Dan Mooney prominent ends with Kosylo opening up a shooting opportunity & firing in from just outside the area, low in off the post. BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1
35| GOAL for Matty Kosylo!!!!!!!!!! BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 1
22 | Josh Hancock has 2 free kicks in as many minutes. The first curls just round Scott Loach's post & the 2nd is blocked by the wall. BARNET 1 ALTRINCHAM 0
18 mins Barnet 1 Alty 0 We continue to press
A bright Alty start undone by that breakaway goal
13 mins GOAL Barnet 1 Altrincham 0 Alty go close, ball cleared, error on half way line left a free run at goal for JJ Hooper to score
11 mins still Barnet 0 Alty 0 as Kosy turn and shot put out for another corner
10 mins Alty go close at one end and then Thompson has to be quick off his line
Corner was deep beyond back post and another corner results
8 mins corner Alty
6 mins Barnet 0 Altrincham 0 free kick Barnet outside the box. Hampson heads clear
Still Barnet 0 Altrincham 0
4 mins Mooney surging run into box and his shot is closer than it looks
Both sides looking to get the ball forward early
1 minute first shot to Barnet - harmless and drifts wide
And we're off
They qualified for the playoffs last season pipping Stockport County on Points Per game
Four losses and a draw in their last five games for Barnet; Alty with one win 3 hard fought draws and a narrow defeat at Halifax
Barnet have played 14 games a nd earned 9 points. 4 games in hand on Alty and 15 points behind
Barnet have 3 players making their debut today - Themis Kefalas, Ben Richards-Everton and Liam Daly
Blue skies, good flat pitch, how will The Robins fare today?
Our last visit here (and first visit to The Hive) was a 5-0 defeat five seasons ago. It will be interesting to see how far we have come
I've only ever seen us win once at Barnet - an Alliance Premier League Cup Semi Final First Leg in Feb 1980. A John King goal securing a 1-0 win in our first ever visit to Underhill.
On the bench we have Andy White. Yusifu Ceesay, Shaun Densmore, Tom Peers and Simon Richman. Jake not well today
Alty line up as follows: Tony Thompson as Captain, Hampson,, Sutton, Hannigan and Senior as back four; Toby Mullarkey as holding midfielder, Kosylo Mooney and Smith making up the rst of the midfield and Hancock and Harrison in his first start up front
Hello Everyone its Bill Waterson here with live updates from The Hive
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