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20:46 19th March 2011


Despite taking a 21st minute lead Barnet lost at home to Morecambe in a match that had been billed as a "must win" and a "six-pointer." Two goals in seven minutes with half time approaching cost the Bees dear. The goals were almost carbon copies of each other coming from long throws from the left by Tony Capaldi.
Barnet put out the team that played Wycombe Wanderers just over a week ago, meaning that Rossi Jarvis replaced Anthony Pulis in central midfield.
Jake Cole needed to be alert in the first minute to keep Morecambe at bay, but Barnet were soon into action with Izale McLeod hitting the bar when set up after good play from Mark Byrne.
Barnet took a lead, fractionally against the run of play, in the 21st minute when a burst down the right flank by Sam Deering led to the winger delivering a low centre which was not cleared, with Byrne being on hand to finish from close range.
Barnet then enjoyed their best spell of the match, but were unable to establish a two goal advantage that perhaps their play at this point warranted.
However the Shrimps did look dangerous on the attack with quality deliveries into the danger areas causing concern.
With ten minutes of the first half remaining a Capaldi throw was flicked on by Stewart Drummond where Danny Carlton was on hand to pounce from inside the six yard box.
Seven minutes later another Capaldi throw was not cleared with Carlton the most alert to put the ball between the posts to edge the visitors ahead.
In the second half Barnet only occasionally threatened the Morecambe goal with the Shrimps looking the more dangerous on the break. James Spence in particular spurned a good opportunity when he failed to connect properly with a volley.
McLeod had a chance to level when he was set up by Hughes but the Morecambe defence held firm and looked increasingly confident.
Substitute Charlie Taylor might have equalised for the Bees late on, his fine drive from distance being parried by keeper Joe Anyon for a corner.
The game then petered out as the visitors were content to play out time.
This was a game that had been eagerly anticipated but Barnet rarely got going as cohesive attacking force and the defeat is certainly a dissapointment.
The Bees are at Aldershot on Tuesday night. Half price entry for all is the ticketing policy for this one - following the original game that was abandoned at half-time due to fog.
David Bloomfield
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