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REPORT: Forest Green 1-2 Barnet

25 February 2014

Bees pick up fifth win on the spin with impressive 1-2 win at the New Lawn.

One assist and one goal from Mark Byrne helped Barnet make it five wins from five under Uli Landvreugd and Dick Schreuder with a 1-2 victory over Forest Green Rovers.

It took just 18 seconds for the Bees to take the lead as Byrne swept the ball past Sam Russell with Dani Lopez adding a second three minutes before the break.

Marcus Kelly pulled one back with seconds remaining via an excellent free-kick but the Bees held on to ensure the promotion train kept chugging along nicely.

Barnet made three changes to the side who beat Wrexham 0-1 with Mauro Vilhete, Dani Lopez and Ahmed Abdulla replacing Elliot Johnson, Charlie Adams and Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Moments before kick-off the tannoy announcer notified a supporter they left their Falafel on the counter and, during their quick dash inside, they probably missed Barnet’s opener as Byrne stroked the ball into the net.

The home side edged their way back into the contest following a slow start but in truth the Bees were always comfortable with Rovers rarely testing their defence thanks to the superb midfield trio of Abdulla, Byrne and Curtis Weston.

With 24 minutes played Barnet were forced into their first change when top scorer Hyde pulled up and was replaced by Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Post-match Dick Schreuder revealed Hyde has suffered a hamstring injury but the extent has yet to be determined.

The change saw Lopez move into a central position and 20 minutes later he made it 2-0 glancing Byrne’s pinpoint cross past the motionless Russell.

Two minutes later the Bees almost added a third when Russell was unable to hold KMB’s powerful strike and Dale Bennett scrambled the ball clear with Lopez lurking.

The Bees continued to threaten in the second period and KMB was almost gifted his first goal in ten when a poor pass saw him round Russell but the angle was tight and keeper just recovered.

With 62 minutes played the home side had a penalty appeal turned down when Andy Yiadom challenged Lee Hughes but the referee waved play on.

The Bees made changes with Marciano Mengerink and Elliot Johnson replacing Lopez and Mauro Vilhete who both received a standing ovation from the 85 travelling Bees.

Despite being pushed back in the latter stages Barnet continued to threaten on the break with Weston curling a stunning effort inches wide and Marsh-Brown seeing a powerful strike blocked.

With seconds remaining the hosts finally registered as Kelly curled a stunning free-kick into the top corner but it didn’t matter as he Bees held on to secure a big three points in the play-off race.

Attendance: 869 (85 away)

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