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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
20:28 12th November 2011

BEES IN THE BAG


Charlie Taylor scored in time added on to put the Bees into the draw for tomorrow's 2nd Round draw of The FA Cup with Barnet recording a 2-1 victory at Haig Avenue, home of Southport.
Southport had levelled midway through the second half, cancelling Barnet's lead established twelve minutes earlier by Clovis Kamdjo. And with the tie looking destined to go to a replay up popped Taylor with a late winner, inflicting a crushing blow for the home side, and sending the Barnet fans into raptures.
The side chosen was that which played for long periods at Cheltenham in midweek, with Izale McLeod, Ricky Holmes and Steve Kabba unavailable, Taylor and Sam Deering were the two players most far forward.
As could be expected Southport powered forward from the first whistle and whilst they conjured up the odds move or two most of the ploys evolved around long throws and set-plays.
Barnet in the main handled this task well, with Paul Downing having an incredible game at centre-back. He won almost every header and won almost every tackle.
Sam Deering was the first to have a shot of note but his effort was too high to trouble the home keeper.
Mark Marshall, Kamdjo and Taylor also had fair efforts, but both keepers were not over extended in the first-half.
Barnet were dealing with what was coming their way and when the Bees broke their moves did have more guile about them.
Early in the second half Shaun Walley delivered a peach of cross following a run down the right which could have led to an opener for the Yellows, but the header did not match the delivery.
On 59 minutes from a Mark Byrne centre Kamdjo gave the Bees the lead when he bravely contested a header with the Southport keeper and he was able to steer the ball into the net.
Southport responded well and exerted pressure as they sought an equaliser although Deering had gone close the putting the tie beyond their reach.
In the 71st minute Southport did level the tie when a fine free-kick from Whalley was headed home by Steve Akrigg who had come up from centre-back.
The expected surge by Southport then failed to materialise as Barnet were coping with the set-plays that Southport offered.
With the tie seemingly set to be resolved at Underhill Taylor scored for the second match in succession to give the Bees a ball in the velvet bag for the draw for the next round.
This game could so easily have been a draw, but if any side was going to edge it then the Bees did look the more likely, but it was close.
Post-match Lawrie Sanchez said that he expected McLeod and Holmes to be available for selection for next Saturday's away fixture at Bristol Rovers, although it seems that Steve Kabba could be a longer wait.
David Bloomfield
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