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10:58 10th January 2011

BEES KO BANTAMS-match report

Barnet recorded their first away victory of the season with a thoroughly deserved 3-1 victory at Valley Parade despite going behind late in stoppage time in the first half. Three second half goals won the points for the Bees as Barnet took control of the match.
After the Stevenage defeat Temporary Manager Paul Fairclough made several changes to his team. Liam O'Brian took over in goal to make his league debut, Anwar Uddin started at the expense of Clovis Kamdjo with George Francomb and Jordan Parkes returning at right and left back respectively. Rossi Jarvis also won a recall in midfield.
Joe Devera partnered Uddin in the centre of defence; the central midfield was occupied by Mark Hughes and Jarvis with Southam playing wide on the right. Upfront Izale McLeod was given support by the deep lying Ricky Holmes.
After ten minutes McLeod nearly latched onto a long ball forward to give Barnet an early lead. The Bees settled well to the task, they were prepared to work for each other and did not display the defensive frailties which have been the cause of many a downfall this season, with Uddin and Devera looking a composed and sound pairing.
It was harsh indeed when Barnet went behind in the third minute of stoppage time, literally the last kick of the first half. Otherwise impressive new boy O'Brien was caught unawares and he was unable to prevent Luke Oliver heading the Bantams ahead.
The big issue was now how Barnet would fare in the second half after unjustly going behind. Bradford certainly started the brighter and hit the woodwork twice, but Barnet after riding a little good fortune slowly established their dominance which by the end of the game would be total.
On 61 minutes Barnet drew level. Southam delivered a cross from the right that asked a question of Rob Kiernan to which the centre back answered by heading past his own keeper.
Barnet grew in stature as Bradford visibly wilted. Three minutes later Anwar Uddin headed home a Mark Marshall corner and suddenly the possibility of three points won away from home loomed large on the horizon.
The possibility became a probability three minutes later when a break and a finely weighted pass by McLeod set up Ricky Holmes to slot home.
Barnet now enjoyed almost total control of the game; it was a pleasure to witness and it was certainly the best away performance for a very long time indeed.
86 Barnet fans were there to witness it.
Barnet host Shrewsbury next Saturday at Underhill.
David Bloomfield
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