Academy Manager Henry Newman provides the report on Thursday's 4-0 win over AFC Wimbledon.We started very positively against a strong Wimbledon side, looking solid at the back and excellent in possession with a couple of crosses from both full-backs whizzing across the face of goal unable to be turned home.
After twenty minutes, an intercepted pass by Jack Taylor saw him drive at the Wimbledon defence before a delayed pass picked out Ryan Gondoh who had shown excellent movement before slotting home first time.
The second came shortly after, with an excellent passing move and through ball which the goalkeeper spilled at the feet of Gondoh who was on hand to net his second of the game.
Barnet continued their dominance with both Elliot Harris and Jack Taylor going close, and Joe Gater seeing a free header from a corner bouncing back off the keeper.
Just before the break, some excellent anticipation from Carlito Lawton saw him intercept a pass across the AFC Wimbledon midfield. Driving at the defence and beating them, Lawton then slid home from eighteen yards out for Barnet's third of the game.
The game opened up in the second half, with Barnet maintaining their excellent combination play and free-flowing attacking football as Gondoh missed two chances early on to seal his hat-trick.
Barnet's defence stood strong throughout the second half to withhold some AFC Wimbledon pressure before adding a fourth late on.
After the Wimbledon goalkeeper handled the ball outside the penalty area a piece of quick thinking from Mathew Stevens with the free kick saw him notch his 30th goal of the season with the ball rolling into the net from the edge of the area.
A fantastic reaction save late on by Kai McKenzie Lyle prevented AFC Wimbledon from getting on the scoresheet, as Barnet had ran out deserved 4-0 winners by the final whistle to stretch their lead at the top of the league to points.
After scoring nine goals without reply in their last two games against tough opposition, the team have a few days off now to start afresh next week, ready for the challenge of Southend United in the second round of the FA Youth Cup.