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18:19 16th April 2011


Barnet paid the penalty for a below par first half display when they conceded two quick goals and despite something of a rally in the second period Bury left the field to the cheers of their supporters as they close in on promotion with this 2-0 victory.
Giuliano Grazioli made two changes to the line up from last week, Liam O'Brien replacing the suspended Sam Walker and Glen Southam was selected in preference to Sam Deering.
Barnet should have taken an early lead when Steve Kabba's goal bound effort was stopped on the line after he latched onto a Daniel Leech back header.
Moments later a error by Matty Parsons allowed Nicky Ajose in on goal and he made no mistake as he advanced on O'Brien to finish calmly. Sixteen minutes gone.
The Bees needed then to steady the ship but conceded again within five minutes. Michael Jones inflicted the damage when he hit his shot well from just outside the box. The task was now definitely uphill. Twenty one minutes gone.
The home side were seeing plenty of the ball with Peter Sweeney influential in linking elements of their side together.
Ironically although Bury were on top in this half Barnet did manage to create a handful of reasonable chances to narrow the deficit, but in fairness the home side did have opportunities to further extend their lead.
Barnet started the second half brightly as they sought a way back into the game, with Bury content to play on the break.
Barnet really needed an early breakthrough if they were going to get back into the game, but the clock was ticking fast.
A McLeod effort went close, his shot just going over the bar, but Barnet rarely troubled the home keeper despite this improved second half display.
There must be disappointment about the result and the first half performance, but hopefully Barnet can take some encouragement from the second half and take that into Saturday's game at Gillingham.
David Bloomfield
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