Stadium: The Hive Stadium – Att: 1.483
Match: FA Trophy Quarter Final: Barnet FC (5.tier) – Halesowen Town (7.tier) 1-2 (0-0) AET Goals: 1-0 Walker (64), 1-1 Yates (84), 1-2 Cobourne (108)
The Hive Stadium is a relatively new stadium opened in 2013, north-west in London. It replaced the old Underhill Stadium, which had been the home of Barnet FC since 1907. The Hive is shared between Barnet FC, the women’s clubs London Bees and Tottenham Hotspur ladies and finally the rugby league club London Broncos. When we visited the stadium, it was a lot of trouble with the pitch and previous matches had actually been postponed.
To make matters worse, it starting pouring down when we arrived. But eventually, the match got underway. The visitors Halesowen Town had brought a very good crowd and the underdogs was looking for another upset in the tournament. Barnet were huge favorites, playing at home against ab opponent two divisions lower in the league. But that was hard to tell from what was being displayed on the pitch. A lot of fighting, but few and far between the chances.
Most people might have thought that Barnet secured the semi-final tickets when they took the lead midway through the second-half. But the visitor never gave up. Cheered on by the fantastic travelling fans, they managed to get the equalizer and take the match to extra-time. After that, it was all Halesowen and the winner was nothing less then they deserved. Fantastic atmosphere among the travelling fans, but I have to admit that the home supporters were disappointing at The Hive Stadium
Club website: www.barnetfc.com
County: London – England