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21:08 23rd October 2010


Barnet deserved to win their third home game of the season by virtue of their dominance in the first half, dominance that should have seen them establish a comfortable lead. The Bees only had a well finished early goal by Mark Byrne to show for their efforts, but it would prove enough to separate the teams come the final whistle.
Macclesfield did create a handful of good chances in the second half; but Jake Cole when called upon was in no mood to concede.
Barnet fielded an unchanged line-up from last Saturday, with new loan signing Kevin Gallen starting on the bench. So it was 4-4-1-1 with Mauro Vilhete the furthest player forward with Mark Byrne supporting from just behind.
From the first Barnet were on the front foot and took the game to the visitors and it was no surprise when the Bees opened their account. In the ninth minute Byrne controlled a high ball, lofted it over a lumbering centre-back and powered the ball into the back of the net.
It looked as if was only a matter of time before Barnet would extend their lead such was their pre-eminence.
The two centre-backs for Macclesfield looked unaccustomed to facing two nimble, quick and alert forwards as they struggled to counter the moves initiated by this striking combo.
In the second half Barnet were defending such a slender advantage that any mistake could easily have lead to the Silkmen drawing level. Their style was direct and to the point with Captain Nat Brown heading over from a corner after he got himself higher than the rest.
Anwar Uddin and Clovis Kamdjo were kept busy throughout the afternoon, they will need little by way of heading practice next week!
Barnet might well have extended their lead in the second period despite being pushed back to some extent by Macclesfield because they certainly had quick players able to mount a swift counter attack.
A second goal never came which meant that Barnet's supporters and players were always anxious that visitors might get themselves back in the game; but Barnet showed great resolution to keep the Silkmen at bay.
Gallen was introduced mid-way through the second half and his class was quickly visible. His touch assured, he does not give the ball away cheaply, he kept moves flowing and this was the very first time he had played with his new teammates!
At the end of the match Barnet could reflect that they had seen off the physical challenge of Macclesfield and what they could offer in the second half and for that their prize of three points was a merited one.
The Bees are next at home on Tuesday week when Stevenage come a calling.

David Bloomfield

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