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10:45 28th May 2012


Burton vs BARNET

A second half goal by captain MARK HUGHES gave BARNET a 2-1 victory over Burton ALBION, the three points keeping the Bees ahead of Hereford United whose victory over Torquay was to no avail, so ensuring that Underhill hosts league football in its last season as the home of Barnet FC. With Izale McLeod not fit enough to start, the manager selected Ben May and Scott McGleish upfront with Mark Byrne and Michael Hector continuing in their new positions of right-back and central midfield enforcer. Clovis Kamdjo and Jack Saville were the central defensive pairing. In the opening moments a half chance was presented to Calvin Zola, the Brewers' Player of the Season, but he failed to find the net...and more of him later. Barnet set about their task in a brisk and efficient manner and deservedly went ahead after only six minutes when a Mark Byrne free-kick from the edge of the box was deflected past the hapless Ross Atkins. However the Bees then went somewhat into their shell and the home side came much more into the game and most of the play was now in Barnet's half. The result of this pressure was an equaliser in the 27th minute when Jacques Maghoma cleverly steered the ball into the corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area. With minutes of the first half remaining the Brewers were awarded a penalty and with news filtering through from Edgar Street that Hereford were carving up Torquay to the tune of three goals to nil this was the moment when Barnet's League status was in palpable danger. You could feel it in your bones. There seemed a degree of disagreement among the Burton players as to who would take the spot kick as Zola picked the ball up and marched to the penalty spot. Zola then proceeded to send the ball skywards and over the bar in Chris Waddle World Cup Italia90 style. A turning point if ever there was one. Overall this had not been a good half for the Bees but the missed spot-kick and a half-time team talk galvanised the Barnet players for the task the next 45 minutes would clearly offer. Barnet simply had the win the match.

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