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09:05 23rd August 2010


With the deadline to purchase a hospitality package and join the Underhill 200 club fast approaching Barnet's Commercial Manager commented: "This genuinely is a great opportunity for a business to win £70,000 worth of sports marketing, for a relatively small outlay."
As a member of the Underhill 200 Club you are entitled to an entry into an exclusive free draw to win the first prize of becoming the team's home shirt sponsor for the season. Click on the Underhill 200 Club link for more details. An extra-ordinarily bad day at the office for Barnet as Crewe Alexandra clocked up their first league win of the season and left the Bees still seeking their first with the home side recording a 7-0 victory.
Barnet started with the same line-up that had begun the game against Burton Albion last week, a side that had, by a general rather than universal consensus, put in a decent performance and had kept a clean sheet while looking sound defensively.
Ironically Barnet started the brighter and it was somewhat against the run of play that in the fourth minute Crewe took the lead, although from that point on the likelihood that Barnet would take anything out of the game looked increasingly unlikely. As the game progressed the Bees slowly slipped out of sight.
Crewe's first came from a series of deflections and ricochets with Shaun Miller heading in from close range. Clayton Donaldson added a second in the 34th minute with a neat finish but just as half-time approached Ricky Holmes won for himself a scoring opportunity, but his effort was well parried by Rhys Taylor in the Crewe goal. If, and it is a big if, the Bees were to get back in the game, this moment was that opportunity because almost as soon as the second half began Joel Grant thundered a shot past Jake Cole from distance to give Crewe an unassailable three goal lead.
Alarmingly matters deteriorated from this moment and the home side were able to mount attacks seemingly at will.
David Artell got on the end of a sublime centre from Grant on 57 minute to give the scoreline an ominous 4-0 look about it; with over half an hour remaining the three points were clearly Crewe's, the only unknown factor being the extent of their victory.
Answers to that question came from Donaldson with his second two minutes later, a header, a Miller tap-in that looked offside on 77 minutes and from A-Jay Leitch-Smith who wrapped off a fine move with a cool finish on 82 minutes.
The home side were now getting cheered for everything, even back-passes to their keeper and the 113 Barnet fans who travelled were shell-shocked at what they were being asked to witness.
This was not a freak result, Crewe could argue that the margin of victory did not flatter them and as for the Bees clearly such a result is clearly deeply disappointing, to say the least.
The road to recovery begins on Sunday morning when the players will re-assemble, watch the match DVD, and go through a thorough de-briefing.
Before the game Crewe fans were bemoaning their pointless start to the season, at the final whistle they were on cloud seven; perhaps it will take the Bees victories in the next two matches, both at home, to kick-start their own season, but given the magnitude of this defeat such an outcome seems a long way off.
But football always provides opportunities to bounce back and the Bees have a chance to do just that against Bury at Underhill next Saturday.
David Bloomfield
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    For the first 50 years of their existence, England played their home matches all around the country.