THE BEES ARE STILL BUZZING!

The Non-League Football Paper - - THE WEEK IN WORDS - By Jon Couch

CAL­LUM REYNOLDS be­lieves the sup­port of the Bar­net squad to­wards in­terim boss Dar­ren Cur­rie is show­ing in their per­for­mances – and to­gether they can launch a late play-off push.

Reynolds cap­tained the Bees to, ar­guably, their most fa­mous cup vic­tory of all time when they top­pled Cham­pi­onship high-fliers Sh­effield United in the third round on Sun­day.

For care­taker Cur­rie, it proved the per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to life in man­age­ment as he mas­ter­minded the big­gest FA Cup shock of the sea­son at the club where his fam­ily name in en­shrined, thanks to un­cle and Blades leg­end Tony.

Cur­rie, the for­mer Wycombe Wan­der­ers, Bar­net and Ip­swich mid­fielder, took over tem­po­rary charge at The Hive just af­ter Christ­mas when leg­endary boss John Still stepped down af­ter 42 years in man­age­ment to move up­stairs.

He was Still’s first-choice as suc­ces­sor and did his chances of land­ing the job full-time no harm at all by or­ches­trat­ing Sun­day’s 1-0 vic­tory, courtesy of Shaq Coulthirst’s 21st-minute penalty.

Vic­tory ul­ti­mately earned the Na­tional League club a fourth round home tie with Brent­ford in a bat­tle of the Lon­don Bees on Mon­day Jan­uary 28, but first Reynolds in­sists his side must find some con­sis­tency in their league form to en­sure that Cur­rie re­mains in charge for the sea­son run-in.

Plat­form

“It was an un­real oc­ca­sion, we’re still buzzing days later,” said Reynolds, the for­mer Alder­shot Town and Bore­ham Wood skip­per.

“At the same time though, on re­flec­tion, it’s a bit frus­trat­ing be­cause that’s what we know what we can do. Our per­for­mances and re­sults haven’t been con­sis­tent enough and the league ta­ble shows that. It’s up to us now to push on and use that re­sult as a plat­form be­cause it’s not too late.

“We had about ten in­juries ear­lier in the sea­son, my­self in­cluded, but now we’ve got a few play­ers com­ing back and have enough qual­ity in the squad to achieve some­thing in the league or in the FA Tro­phy.

“Per­son­ally, I was gut­ted when John [Still] stood down. I missed the first few months of the sea­son and was just find­ing my feet un­der him.

“Dar­ren, though, has al­ways been there with us and that has made the tran­si­tion eas­ier. I’m not quite sure what the sit­u­a­tion is with him get­ting the job full-time, I think they are in dis­cus­sions, but the per­for­mances have been good, spirit and con­fi­dence is high, and the boys are right be­hind him and will sup­port him all the way.” Reynolds ad­mits it was Bar­net’s spirit and to­geth­er­ness which helped them top­ple Chris Wilder’s high-fly­ing Blades on Sun­day, but it was the sight of the Sh­effield United teamsheet which first got them be­liev­ing that a shock could be on the cards. Wilder made no fewer than ten changes from the side which had

“CON­FI­DENCE AND THE IS HIGH BOYS ARE RIGHT WE BE­HIND DAR­REN, HIM WILL SUP­PORT ALL THE WAY” Bar­net cap­tain – Cal­lum Reynolds

won three Cham­pi­onship matches on the bounce, but with record scorer Billy Sharp on the bench, Reynolds knew it was an af­ter­noon that was never go­ing to go with­out the odd scare.

Co­he­sion

“Look­ing at their line-up be­fore­hand cer­tainly gave us a boost,” the cen­tre-back added. “Yes, they are a still a team of Cham­pi­onship qual­ity play­ers but when you don’t play to­gether reg­u­larly you lack the kind of co­he­sion that we knew we had.

“We started the game very con­fifrus­trated dently and had a goal dis­al­lowed be­fore we scored which, in a funny way, set­tled us a bit.

“The boys were out­stand­ing and I thought we were com­fort­able, but I must ad­mit when I saw Billy Sharp warm­ing up, I looked up at the clock and it read 65 min­utes. I thought ‘Je­sus, we’ll have to do well to see this through’.

“But ac­tu­ally, although they pressed us quite hard in the lat­ter stages, we de­fended re­ally well and them. “I ral­lied round the boys with about 20 min­utes to go and with only a few min­utes left we could sense that we could ac­tu­ally go on and win the game. Cousy [goal­keeper Mark Cousins] only re­ally had one save to make and that was very late on. “When the fi­nal whis­tle went it was just almighty re­lief. The feel­ing was un­real and it was great to cel­e­brate with the fans that had made the trip up. It was a very spe­cial day.”

PIC­TURE: TGSPHOTO

WE DID IT! Cal­lum Reynolds can’t hide his de­light SHAQ AT­TACK! Shaq Coulthirst slots home the win­ning penalty prompt­ing post-match cel­e­bra­tions, above left, with care­taker boss Dar­ren Cur­rie, below

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