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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
19:20 12th March 2011

McLEOD BRACE STUNS BULLS

A brace by Izale Mcleod enabled Barnet to record a much needed victory after they made the worst possible start by conceding a goal in the first minute when Richard Rose struck from some 25 yards. This time around it was the Bees who managed to score just before half-time to give Barnet a boost that they took on into the second half.
Barnet started with the same side that started against Wycombe in midweek with the exception being Anthony Pulis coming in for the suspended Rossi Jarvis in midfield.
After being a goal down Barnet were rattled for a time with a strong header from Nicky Featherstone going close to doubling the home side's advantage.
Jake Cole was called upon several times but gradually Barnet established a foothold with a Clovis Kamdjo header from a Mark Marshall corner and a shot from distance from Jordan Parkes and a Joe Devera header from a corner all going close to levelling the scores.
Barnet did draw level when quick inter-play between Sam Deering and Mark Byrne led to Deering playing a ball into the path of McLeod that set the striker free and in on goal. McLeod steadied himself and calmly slotted the ball home.
Now on level terms Barnet set purposefully about the task of winning the match and slowly took over proceedings.
Barnet now needed to score a goal that their good approach play deserved and eventually Devera played a ball that escaped the attentions of the Hereford defence for McLeod to latch onto and again execute a cool finish.
As the game became more stretched Barnet created several opportunities to establish an unassailable lead through Charlie Taylor, twice, Marshall and Byrne, but they had done enough.
Over the 90 minutes Barnet deserved their victory; Paul Fairclough was displeased with the first half display, but the Bees pulled out all the stops in the second period as they scented the possibility and the necessity of the three points. 82 Barnet fans were there to see it.
The Bees are at home on Saturday to Morecambe.
David Bloomfield
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