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08:28 17th September 2010


A good second half performance did not bring any reward for Barnet as a first-half penalty awarded to Lincoln served to separate the teams.
Daniel Leach took the place of Darren Dennehy in central defence with Jordan Parkes slotting in at left-back.
Up front Mark Stimson selected Steve Kabba to play alongside Phil Walsh in a 4-4-2 formation.
Albert Jarrett started on the left flank for Lincoln and got an early dangerous cross in the third minute, an indication that he would play a significant role in the game.
In the 11th minute Glen Southam released Mark Marshall through the middle, but Joe Anyon, the Lincoln keeper rushed out to clear the danger.
In the 15th minute a cross from right the right by Jarrett towards the far post saw Drewe Broughton draw a foul from Joe Devera, the journey-man veteran making the most of minimal contact.
Ben Hutchinson put the ball to Jake Cole's right in the bottom corner.
As the first half came to a close the Bees had slowly clawed their way back in to the game with a Parkes 25 yarder going close.
The second half was all Barnet. The home keeper subsequently winning the man of the match award for a series of fine saves.
Walsh was winning a lot of the ball in the air and had several attempts on goal.
It was almost one-way traffic, with the home side only posing a threat with the occasional breakaway.
Marshal had a few attempts to bring the scores level, but his efforts were thwarted by blocks and the keeper tipping his efforts wide of the target.
The Bees were on top to the extent that the Lincoln manager Chris Sutton unsportingly and unnecessarily kicked the ball into the corner in an effort to waste time.
In the 49th minute of the half Walsh got in a header that again went very close, but it was one of those days, perhaps, one of those grounds where Barnet, are destined not to score.
In the final analysis this was Barnet's fourth defeat on the road this season, but after the previous trauma at Crewe this display was a most definite improvement in terms of away performances and is possibly the best Barnet have played away from home to date.
You got the feeling that today if Barnet had managed one goal they could have gone onto to win the match, but that is of course easier said than done and needs to be done before you can say it!
The Bees are at home to Rotherham United next week.
David Bloomfield
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