HOW IT HAPPENED
It was a windy encounter and neither side looked to take too many risks in the opening stages of the match. However it was Notts County, a side still very much in the mix to finish in the play off places, who were having more of the ball and asking the most questions, but weren’t really causing the Bees many problems.
The away side were moving the ball at a fast pace and nearly caught Adam Parkes off guard when a ball was fizzed across his box, only for Alexander McQueen to clear a header off the line from a lofted cross.
Although the Bees were taking their time to find their feet in the game, they did eventually enjoy a spell of extended possession in the half with Tomi Adeloye and Ephron Mason-Clark linking up well together forcing Notts County to defend in numbers.
Mason-Clark did eventually have a chance of his own, twisting and turning his way through Notts’ defence, with his low drive just going the wrong side of the post.
Notts County may not have threatened the Bees goal too much in the half, but their last chance happened to be the most important with Mark Ellis turning the ball in from a corner, just before the referee blew his whistle for the break.
The end of the first half was the perfect one for the visitors and the second half started in just the same fashion as they doubled their lead within the first minute from the restart, with Ruben Rodrigues finishing neatly past Parkes into the bottom right hand corner.
Things got worse less than ten minutes later for the Bees as the visitors got a third goal with the ball being turned in by Ben Nugent into his own goal with Ben Richards-Everton unable to stop the ball from going over the line.
The away side continued to pass the ball well playing some really good football to break through the Bees defence on a number of occasions, with Parkes having to be alert to a number of attacks, with goalscorer Rodrigues playing a number of inviting balls, including one to Kyle Wootton, who forced an impact save from Parkes.
With just under five minutes to play of normal time, Notts County extended their lead even further with substitute Enzio Boldewijn cutting inside and curling an effort from outside the box into the back of the net.
Just before stoppage time was announced Michael Petrasso managed to grab his eighth goal of the season, in what was merely a consolation goal.
Notts County continued to pass the ball well up until the final minute to cap off a dominant display.
Barnet Team: Parkes, Preston (Petrasso 58′), McQueen, Kefalas (McBurnie 81′), Taylor, Richards-Everton, Adeloye, Skeffington, Mason-Clark, Vaughan, Nugent
Subs not used: Callan, Hooper and Vasiliou