HOW IT HAPPENED
The Bees were quick out of the blocks in a fiery atmosphere inside The Hive London and attacked the Wood from the off with a cross finding Paul McCallum straight away but he was unable to get enough on his shot.
It was a let off for Darren Currie’s side moments later though as an attempted header back to Scott Loach from Ricardo Santos forced the shotstopper into making his first save of the game.
The Bees’ quick start came to fruition as a long throw in from Paul McCallum that almost resembled a corner couldn’t be dealt with by the Boreham Wood defence and a wonder strike from the unlikely Callum Reynolds floated into the top corner.
The same tactic for the first goal was used again and it almost ended in the same result but it was cleared behind for a corner by the Wood defence.
A cynical challenge from Sorba Thomas gave the Bees a chance to put the ball into the box again from a freekick but Simeon Akinola was unable to steer his header home.
Down the other end, the Wood had their first chance of the game through Tyrone Marsh but Loach was down quickly to push the ball away from any danger.
Another good spell of possession from the away side had Loach working once more and as ever, he was quick off of his line to prevent any danger.
The Wood really turned on the pressure inside 30 minutes of the first half and the danger man Kabongo Tshimanga tested Loach’s reactions from close-range with the Bees ‘Keeper coming out on top again.
Darren Currie’s side still remianed strong on the ball however and a cute bit of skill from the Bees’ top scorer Akinola saw him beat his man but he took one to many touches before his shot and it was blocked by the Boreham Wood defence.
As the first half drawed to a close, the Bees were able to control the game well with a real derby feel to proceedings.
Into the second-half and this time it was Boreham Wood who started the quickest as Sorba Thomas dummied his first shot and then lashed a shot towards goal but Santos threw himself in front of the ball, providing a vital block for the Bees.
However, Barnet quickly found their feet as another good ball into the box from Dan Sparkes saw McCallum’s trademark headed effort go agonisingly wide of the post.
In the 60th minute, with the Bees pinned back in their own half for the majority of the opening 15 minutes, the Wood capitalised on their dominance through Kane Smith after a superb initial save from Scott Loach couldn’t be cleared away, levelling the scores.
The Wood’s dominance remained much the same after the goal as a looping header from Matt Rhead went inches wide of the bottom corner.
In the 72nd minute, the Wood took the lead for the first time in the game after the ball was bouncing around the Bees’ penalty area and eventually fell to Marsh who struck the ball home from close range.
Darren Currie’s side responded well after going 2-1 down and had two chances in quick succession after two crosses from Sparkes tested Boreham Wood ‘Keeper Nathan Ashmore.
This excellent response was epitomised after Cheye Alexander cut back and put the ball on a plate for the in form McCallum who squeezed the ball past Ashmore.
The game erupted further into life with the scores level at 2-2 as Matt Rhead climbed highest from six-yards but Loach, who had a busy evening in goal, prevented the Wood from leading for the second time.
After winning a freekick in a dangerous area, the Bees nearly took the lead themselves through McCallum whose bullet header looked destined for the top corner but it wasn’t to be for the Bees’ new striker.
Despite a valiant effort from the Bees to find a winner, the game finshed 2-2 with both sides sharing the points.
Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds (Dunne 45′), Santos, Adams (Mason-Clark 78′), Sparkes, Akinola, McCallum, Taylor, Sweeney
Unused Subs: Matrevics, Vilhete, Walker
WHAT THIS MEANS
The Bees will now turn their attentions to the away fixture at Stockport County in the Vanarama National League this Saturday 7th March 2020.