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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
10:37 24th April 2012

WELL DESERVED POINT

Barnet put on a very creditworthy display at the Moss Rose, but returned south with only a point to their name in a game that particularly in the second half they had dominated.
The clean sheet was most welcome and despite creating several good chances the Bees were unable to break the deadlock.
There was alarm when Paul Downing went down following a corner just before half-time with fears that he could have sustained a serious neck injury. He was taken to hospital and post-match Lawrie Sanchez said that whilst it was hoped that the injury could be something minor and he could possibly return to training next week, it would only be after a scan would the nature of the injury be known.
With Darren Dennehy unable to make the trip north with a foot injury Michael Hector was moved from full back to central defence, and with Sam Deering returning in midfield it allowed Clovis Kamdjo to slot back into the right back berth.
Matt Smith should have given the home side the lead early on when he had a free header but he missed the target from close range. This was the closest the Silkmen came to scoring and they wouldn't come this close again.
Ben May from the first was winning balls in the air and setting up chances for advancing midfielders or his striking partner Izale McLeod.
McLeod then set up Ricky Holmes but his effort was deflected wide for a corner as Barnet were creating numerous opportunities.
McLeod then again set up Deering whose effort from the edge of the box hit the upright as the Bees were doing everything but score.
The home side were staying in the game since the Bees hadn't turned their superiority into goals and they continued to look dangerous from well rehearsed re-starts.
McLeod then had two good chances early in the second half, chances that you would expect the top scorer in League 2 to put away, but on this occasion it wasn't to be, although it needs to be said that he looked a danger and a threat all night.
Holmes then hit the frame of the goal when he cut in from the left and a moment before the final whistle Jack Saville, who had replaced Downing, almost got on the end of a Mark Byrne delivery from the left.
Overall the result and the performance produces mixed emotions. This was a good Barnet display, and was acknowledged by the 142 travelling Bees at the end of the match and whilst the point was not the win everyone was looking for, the key in a "six-pointer" is not to lose as the consequences can be considerable, and as it is two draws against the Daggers and Macclesfield mean that those two teams didn't gain any ground on the Bees and remain below Barnet in the table.
The Bees are in action next Friday when Underhill hosts automatic promotion chasing Torquay United.
David Bloomfield
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