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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
09:25 25th October 2011

BULLS NOSE ABOVE BEES

Barnet came away from Edgar Street empty handed after the home side upped the tempo in the second half and emerged with a narrow 1-0 victory.
Jordan Parkes returned to the side at right back with skipper Mark Hughes also returning in central midfield at the expense of Mark Byrne. Ricky Holmes was passed fit enough to start just behind the main striker. Striker Steve Kabba whose goalscoring second-half performance as a substitute must have pushed his claims for a starting place had sufferred a reaction to those 45 minutes and was not involved. The swelling on his knee will be looked at again on Monday to determine his availabilty for Tuesday night's encounter against Southend at Underhill.
The first minutes were nervous ones for the Bees as the Bulls held the upper hand with a header from Harry Pell nearly opening the scoring.
The Bees gradually got a foothold in the game and looked the more likely to score, although Hereford themselves had their chances and it took a fine save from Liam O'Brien to keep out a well struck free kick from Steven Leslie.
In the first half both sides enjoyed periods of dominance without either getting on the scoresheet with the half ending goalless despite a drive from distance by Holmes troubling the home keeper.
Early in the second half a teasing tempting cross from Holmes from the right that could have paid dividends for the Bees but there was not a player forward enough to capitalise.
Barnet went a goal down in the 66th minute after unnecessarily conceding a corner with Nathan Elder getting a flick from the resulting flag kick. The ball crossed the line in off the far post .
The Bees almost equalised within minutes with a goal bound Darren Dennehy effort being blocked and Holmes was desperately unlucky with a effort that crashed against the woodwork when he cut in from the left. This was unlucky, but proved to be the last effort of note the Bees could muster.
Later Clovis Kamdjo did have an opportunity from a corner but his headed effort went skywards rather than downwards.
Barnet did not play poorly in this match, but they did not do enough in the final analysis to take anything from the game; unusually they did not create many chances.
If Barnet were to concede it looked only from set plays, otherwise this was a mostly sound defensive display, but as an attacking unit the side never really got going.
The Bees are at home to the high-flying Shrimps from Southend on Tuesday evening.
David Bloomfield.
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