HOW IT HAPPENED
In an open first 10 minutes, neither side really threatened with a clear cut opportunity. The game was very much a stop-start affair for the opening 25 minutes with chances at a premium at a chilly Racecourse Ground.
The first real opening came on 28 minutes as Anthony Jeffrey swung a near-post cross in that just evaded Elliott Durrell at the near post, before falling into the palms of Aymen Azaze.
Azaze was called into action seven minutes before the break, as he did just enough to parry an effort from Kwame Thomas. The Bees then went up field, with Eliot Richards having a strike deflected into the palms of Rob Lainton in the host’s goal.
There were no further chances before the break and a scoreline of nil-nil was a fair reflection in an uneventful first half.
The first chance of the second half fell the way of Barnet, as Alex McQueen’s powerful free-kick was well saved by Lainton at the near post. Meanwhile, on the hour mark, Jeffrey stung the palms of Azaze with a decent effort from the corner of the penalty area.
The hosts started to build a bit of momentum as they forced several corners that had the Bees penned back towards their own goal. However, through the defensive leadership of the returning Matt Preston, the Bees managed to negate the danger.
Much like the first half, the game never gained any sort of rhythm or momentum with fouls breaking up play on regular occasions.
The Bees almost found the breakthrough with 12 minutes left on the watch as a quick breakaway found Pertrasso, but the Canadians effort was saved by Lainton.
Steve Jenkins then introduced Alfie Pavey into the action as he replaced Michael Petrasso with ten minutes left to play.
The Bees almost nicked it right at the death as yet another quick counter attack, found Josh Walker who did well to find the space, but his effort was well saved by Rob Lainton.
All in all, it was a good point for the Bees, who will be pleased with their work considering the difficult circumstances they have faced in the previous 10 days.
Barnet: Azaze, Pascal, Connors, Preston, Dunne (c), McQueen, Richards, Petrasso (Pavey 80′), Hooper, Taylor, Walker.
Unused Subs: Callan, McBurnie, Hernandez, Vasiliou.
POST MATCH THOUGHTS:
The Bees now have a free weekend before they return to Vanarama National League action next Tuesday when Hartlepool United visit The Hive London.