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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
19:30 23rd February 2013

The Bees Maintain Unbeaten Run

Barnet 0
Rochdale 0
Attendance – 1870 (202 away)
 
Barnet stretched their unbeaten run to three games following a 0-0 draw with Rochdale at Underhill.
 
The Bees made five changes from the side who beat York City with Jake Hyde, Dani Lopez, Curtis Weston, Elliot Johnson and Bondz N’Gala all starting.
 
The Bees started better than their opponents but it was the away side who had the first chance when Jason Kennedy shot straight at Graham Stack.
 
Eight minutes later N’Gala had to be alert after a breakdown in communications between Stack and David Stephens almost gifted the away side a goalscoring opportunity.
 
With 15 minutes played Stephens almost opened the scoring but he was unable to make clean contact on Mark Byrne’s in swinging free kick.
 
Rochdale failed to clear and Edgar Davids played a sumptuous ball over the top to Johnson whose cross was easily cut out.
 
Debutant Lopez impressed throughout the match and he had his first sight at goal with 32 minutes played but his effort was blocked away for a corner.
 
He had another opportunity three minutes later as he headed over from Barnet’s first corner of the match.
 
Following a fairly drab opening period both sides started brightly with George Donnelly shooting at Stack before Andy Yiadom cut inside and fired over.
 
The visitors almost took the lead on 52 minutes but Terry Gornell was denied by Stack who made a superb save at his near post.
 
Five minutes later Lopez could and perhaps should of give the Bees the lead but his flicked header drifted narrowly past the post with Josh Lillis beaten.
 
Craig Beattie replaced Hyde with 67 minutes played and he drilled a shot inches wide with seven minutes remaining after a Yiadom header rattled the underside of the crossbar.
 
Kennedy almost snatched a win for the away side as his acrobatic volley flied inches past the post in the 89th minute.
 
Barnet - Stack, Fuller, Stephens, N'Gala, Johnson; Davids, Weston (Kamdjo 73), Byrne; Yiadom (Vilhete 78), Hyde (Beattie 67), Lopez.
Subs not used - Brown, Gambin, N'Toko, Barnes.
 
Rochdale - Lillis, Bennett, Cansdell-Sherriff, Edwards, McIntyre, Barry-Murphy (Grimes 62), Kennedy, Tutte, Haworth (Jones 67), Donnelly (Rose 62), Gornell.
Subs not used - Rafferty, Collis, Logan.

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