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22:06 4th September 2010


Barnet recorded their first victory of the season with a convincing victory over Cheltenham Town by a 3-1 scoreline after going behind in only the second minute.
Barnet approached the game with a 4-4-2 formation, Steve Kabba and Phil Walsh being the front pairing.
Two goal Walsh played a crucial role, as did Kabba, with Mark Marshall scoring for the second game in succession, but this was a good all-round team performance by the Bees, with all the members and of the team performing well.
It couldn't have started any worse for Barnet though when after only two minutes a cracking free-kick from 30 yards by Frankie Artus gave the visitors the lead. Jake Cole could do nothing about a strike of this quality.
The Bees were not behind for long, drawing level ten minutes later. It was a picture book goal with Ricky Holmes setting Marshall free on the left and his exquisite cross was headed home by the towering Walsh at the far-post.
Barnet now had some momentum in their favour and were in no mood to let this opportunity of a first win of the season escape them.
Both sides looked accomplished outfits in a good game of football.
In the opening exchanges of the second half Holmes almost got his head to a cross to give the Bees a lead.
Glen Southam then found Holmes on the right with a fine diagonal pass, his cross was so nearly touched home by Walsh, but the Bees were not long to be denied.
On 65 minutes Walsh stabbed the ball home from a wicked delivery by Holmes from a corner. The Bees were ahead!
Barnet had slowly but surely worked their way back into this match after the very early set-back.
The crowd seemed more nervous than the players with this elusive first victory hovering on the horizon. Could Barnet hang on, or even extend their lead?
Ten minutes from time Barnet established a two goal lead. Kabba set Marshall clear through the middle. He set off at a cracking pace, and although all seemed lost at one point, the ex-Swindon Town winger regained possession and was able to stroke the ball into an empty net.
It was almost part time moments later when Jordan Parkes careered down the left and hit a shot that fairly fizzed past the far post.
This victory was thoroughly deserved and the players and fans can now look forward to the week ahead when they can approach training, work or school safe in the knowledge that their team has a win under their belts.
The Bees are at Lincoln City next Saturday.

David Bloomfield

Footnote: Mauro Vilhete, the youngest player ever to appear for Barnet, scored a hat-trick for the U18s against Luton at The Hive - his second since joining the Bees as a scholar.

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