First Meeting: 9th November 1991: Barnet 3-0 Halifax Town
Town team: Lee Bracey, Billy Barr, Chris Lucketti, Dave Evans, S. Richards, D. Lewis, T. Graham, Steve Norris, Ian Juryeff, Nick Richardson, M. Ellis
Town sub: Ronnie Hildersley
Last Meeting: Tuesday 12th March 2019: Barnet 1-1 Halifax Town
Town team: 1. Sam Johnson, 2. Michael Duckworth, 4. Nathan Clarke (Booked), 5. Matty Brown ©, 39. Joe Skarz, 25. James Ferry, 31. Maher, 7. Matty Kosylo (Booked), 36. James Hardy, 34. Manny Duku, 35. Devante Rodney
Town subs: 8. Cameron King, 19. Jordan Preston & 40. Jacob Hanson
Town goal: Devante Rodney (71)
Town’s record vs The Bees since 2008: P6 W3 D2 L1 F11 A6 GD5
FC Halifax Town Top Scorers:
Lois Maynard – 3, Devante Rodney – 2, Scott Spencer – 2, Manny Duku,
James Ferry, Scott McManus & Lee Gregory – 1.
Town first crossed paths with The Bees back in the 1991/92 Fourth Division season. Barnet coming up as Champions from the top tier of non-league whilst Town found themselves over the past decade having hovered around that one bottom spot. The trapdoor would open the following season for The Shaymen whilst The Bees enjoyed just over a decade of solid Football League experience before their drop from the Football League for the first time come the 2000/01 Nationwide League Division Three season end. Town ironically could watch the final game of that season between Torquay United and Barnet knowing whatever the outcome between the two, they would be safe. Again that trapdoor swung that following condemning Town arguably to relegation as early as Christmas. Whilst The Bees have had two further cracks at League football, Town have not returned since that 2001/02 season.
The two had regular match-ups in the fifth tier over the next few seasons seeing Barnet always having the upper hand on the whole in terms of league position. Underhill was not a happy hunting ground, Town drawing 0-0, and then losing 4-1 and 3-1 in consecutive seasons. They were even worse at The Shay! Losing 2-4, 1-2 and 2-3 to The North London outfit.
The two resumed acquaintances on the 7th September 2013. The Shaymen had made a return to the top tier of non-league whilst Barnet had just be relegated for a record third time from the Football League (overtaking ourselves, Chester City, Darlington and Hereford United whom have all done so twice). Barnet manager Edgar Davids chose not to travel with West Yorkshire leaving it up to his assistant who had a look of Fatima Whitbread to oversee The Bees. They were flying high in the Skrill Premier whilst Town were just starting to find their feet. Goals from Scott McManus and Lois Maynard were enough to see a first home victory over The Bees since the 24th March 2001.
In the return leg Town ran out 4-0 winners in a thoroughly dominant performance. Two from on loan striker Scott Spencer, one from Lois Maynard, but more importantly Lee Gregory’s 100th goal for The Shaymen. Halifax were in the midst of what was on paper a very hard final run in to the season. They won seven in a row to crash the playoff party whilst after this result Barnet slipped out of said places.
The same fixture the following season was exactly the polar opposite. Martin Allen’s (yes, in his 53rd reign as Bees manager, or was it 54?) Barnet were closing in on the title and Town all but surrendered the game losing 3-0.
Last season saw Barnet played twice during the renaissance period of the season under Jamie Fullarton. The 3-0 defeat was avenged by the same score line with three loan signings, Devante Rodney, James Ferry and Manny Duku getting the goals.
Re-arranged from earlier in the season with both teams advancing in the FA Cup, a 1-1 draw was played out at The Hive. Devante Rodney with Town’s goal late on to rescue a point.
Town have an unbeaten record versus The Bees since 2013
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