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MATCH REPORT

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18:41 25th February 2012

SHOTS INFLICT DEFEAT-match report

Barnet were defeated by a 4-1 scoreline at the Recreation Ground as Aldershot Town continued their good form, having now won five consecutive matches.
The Bees were three goals down at half-time and any hopes of a comeback were quickly dashed when the Shots scored a fourth early in the second period.
The Bees had made four changes to their line-up, out went Jack Saville and Clovis Kamdjo, who both dropped to the bench, with injuries to Ricky Holmes and Darren Dennehy keeping them from the fray.
Michael Hector was fit to return to the heart of the defence with Jordan Mustoe starting his first game for the Bees whilst Jordan Obita came into the line-up as did Alassane N'Diaye who started the day as a foil to Izale McLeod upfront.
N'Diaye won a number of early aerial challenges, but the Shots were a goal up after five minutes when Guy Madjo was on hand to put the ball in the net after Dean Brill had done well to keep out Sonny Bradley's header.
Before the Bees could get a toe-hold in the game in the 17th minute Danny Hylton converted a Ben Hird centre to put the home side two goals up.
On the half-hour Aldershot scored their third. Troy Brown somehow turned the ball goalwards and the ball found its way into the net. This was not a well-worked goal and indicative of the fact that the opponents did not have to reach any great heights to trouble the Barnet defence.
The formation for the second-half was changed with Charlie Taylor, Kamdjo and Saville all coming off the bench, as the Bees went 4-3-3.
Barnet were making some inroads but in the 51st minute defensive mismanagement allowed Madjo to easily score his second and Aldershot's fourth giving the Bees a mountain range to climb.
In the 58th minute Barnet did score when a spectacular shot by Obita was well saved by Jamie Young, but Taylor was on hand to score from the rebound.
Briefly Aldershot were concerned but as the clock ran down they became more certain of the inevitability of their victory.
This was one of those defeats where positives are very thin on the ground. If there was one in the second-half Jack Saville looked at home in the centre of defence and won a lot of headers. But that is probably all.
209 Barnet fans were in attendance.
The Bees are at home to Bradford City on Tuesday night.
David Bloomfield
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