Barnet Football Club



Match Report and Reaction: FC Halifax Town 5-2 Barnet FC


The Bees made the worst possible start as the Shaymen opened the scoring in the opening 30 seconds as Jeff King fired past Loach. 

King was the threat again just moments later as his shot across goal was well saved by the feet of Loach. It was shakey start for Beadle’s side, whilst the Shaymen came flying out the blocks. 

Anthony Wordsworth had our first chance after 18 minutes as he got on the end of Ephron Mason-Clark’s cutback, but his strike was blocked before his prodded follow up went inches wide of the post. 

It would be the hosts who would add a second goal on 21 minutes as Bell powered a header home from six yards out after a good cross from the right. 

It could have been three two minutes later as former Bee Jake Hyde was inches away from making contact from a powerful driven cross. 

As the Bees searched for a route back into the game, Wordsworth saw a free-kick saved on the half hour mark. 

Things didn’t get any better for us on the stroke of half time, as Hyde added a third for Shaymen after he forced a way through on goal. 

The hosts added a fourth just two minutes after the break as Jake Earing headed home on the rebound after Loach made a good first stop from a long range effort. A quickfire fifth goal was soon added as Wood curled home an unstoppable free-kick from the edge of the box. 

On 68 minutes the Bees got a consolation goal, as Wes Fonguck bundled home after a neat passing move from Beadle’s side. . 

Twelve minutes before the end Wes Fonguck had a strike from the edge of the box claimed by the Shaymen ‘keeper. 

On 85 minutes we had our second of the evening as new signing Inih Effiong chested home after Faal’s strike looped into the air and towards goal. 

But it was too little too late for the Bees, as we fell to defeat at The Shay Stadium.


1 Scott Loach, 6 James Dunne ©, 7 Alex McQueen, 14 Muhammadu Faal, 16 Harry Taylor, 17 Inih Effiong, 18 Wesley Fonguck, 26 Jerome Binnom-Williams, 27 Ephron Mason-Clark, 31 Ben Nugent, 40. Anthony Wordsworth (Dwight Pascal 75′)

Subs: 2 Dwight Pascal, 3 Jack Connors, 15 Bilel Mohsni, 24 Aymen Azaze, 33 Antonis Vasiliou



Peter Beadle:

“I’m dumbfounded, embarrassed, we can’t be a Jekyll and Hyde team. We can’t put in a performance like we did on Sunday and then perform in the way we did tonight, it’s unacceptable. It doesn’t bare thinking about how good we were Sunday and how poor we were tonight. It’s tough to take.

“It’s the same team, with two changes. The preparation has been the same, it was good. We prepared well, everything was covered and 27 seconds in that work goes out of the window. It gives us an awfully long amount of time to get back into the game, it’s hard to put your finger on. We go in there and talk to them, the third goal just before half time was absolutely awful defending and the games is done, then it’s about personal pride and trying to cause them some problems. Then two and a half minutes in, we concede another goal. Loachy makes a save and there is no one near the guy on the rebound, natural defenders should go and get back to block him off and defend. It’s like we didn’t want to know, it is completely unacceptable. 

“I am just as dumbfounded as the supporters, we’ve put in two decent performances in the last two games and built ourselves a platform and now we’re back to square one. We seem to be getting ourselves one step forward then three or four steps back every time. In the general play, we have looked quite good going forward, but we are punished. It’s a results-driven business and I get that, we have to be more clinical in both boxes. 

“I don’t know where that performance came from, it’s not one we were expecting. All we can do now is go back, roll our sleeves up and prepare for a big game Saturday. We’ve got a long way to go and as concerning as our position is now and our form recently. I know we will turn this round, we have got to have players who are accountable and we have to be accountable as staff. 

“It’s going to be great to have the fans back, but we have to give them something back and something to shout about. I hope they can come and try to get behind the boys. We have to bounce back again now. 



We return to The Hive London on Saturday afternoon as we take on Wealdstone in the Vanarama National League.