Harry Pritchard’s first-half penalty secured a 1-0 win for The Bees in the Spencer McCall Invitational Trophy against Hemel Hempstead Town.
Before the game, there was a minute of applause to celebrate the life of Spencer McCall, who sadly passed away from a rare form of bone cancer.
Hemel had the first chance of the match from close range, but was denied by a great save from our trialist keeper.
Danny Collinge had the first attempt at goal for The Bees. Zak Brunt’s free-kick found the head of Collinge, who forced the Hemel keeper into making a great save.
New signing Reece Hall-Johnson came very close to opening the scoring but dragged his shot from inside the box just wide of the far post.
On the verge of half-time, Idris Kanu was brought down in the Hemel penalty area, and The Bees were awarded a penalty. Harry Pritchard stepped up and smashed it in down the middle of the Hemel net to give Barnet a 1-0 lead going into the break.
Hemel Hempstead Town 0-1 Barnet FC
A fresh Barnet starting XI started the second half.
Dale Gorman was substituted on the hour mark, and Callum Stead was brought back on to finish the game.
Stead was quickly involved and had the best chance of the second half for The Bees with his curling effort from the edge of the box, which went narrowly wide of goal.
Stead then forced the Hemel keeper into making another great save to deny the forward from doubling the lead.
FT: Hemel Hempstead Town 0-1 Barnet FC
Barnet FC First Half XI: Trialist, Hall-Johnson, Coker, Collinge, Okimo, Stead, Kanu, Pritchard, Wynter (31′ Trialist), Trialist, Brunt
Barnet FC Second Half XI: Trialist (64′ Trialist), Armstrong, Gorman (60′ Stead), Kabamba, Granville, Oluwo, Beard, Revan, Barratt, Diarra, Trialist.
Goals: Pritchard 45′ (P)