Barnet fall to a 3-1 defeat at home to promotion chasers Salford on a freezing Tuesday night at The Hive.
The Bees took the lead on 42 minutes when Wes Fonguck buried home his sixth of the season. However, two Salford goals either side of half-time from Rory Gaffney and Thomas Walker respectively turned the game on it’s head.
Mark Shelton sealed the win for the visitors just past the hour mark to inflict defeat in their first ever trip to The Hive.
The first chance of the game fell Salford’s way as Walker’s low ball across goal found Adam Rooney but he cannoned his shot over.
The Bees hit back though when David Tutonda found Jack Taylor who was positioned just inside the area but his low strike was comfortable enough for Chris Neal.
Soon after, Rooney saw his shot from close range saved by Mark Cousins and when Rory Gaffney was on hand to tap home the rebound, his effort fell wide.
With 10 minutes on the clock, Fonguck had the goal in his sight. The midfielder found space from just outside the area before unleashing a delightful curling effort which floated narrowly past the top right corner.
The Bees continued to dominate as Josh Walker’s acrobatic volley was well saved by Neal four minutes before Manny Duku let fly from distance which was also kept out by the ‘keeper.
Barnet did receive their just rewards three minutes before the break when Fonguck added to his impressive goal tally of the season. Cheye Alexander’s cross fell to The Bees’ top scorer who fired in from the edge of the box.
However, their lead was short-lived as Gaffney latched onto a cross, volleying home from close range to level the scores going into the break.
Salford began the second period just how they finished the last. With only seconds on the clock, Rooney’s shot was blocked by a Barnet defender, falling to Walker who rustled the net from inside the area.
Their lead could have been extended on 57 minutes when Dean Whitehead’s header forced Cousins into a save; The Bees’ goalkeeper tipping the ball over the bar.
Their advantage was widened soon after though when a Scott Wiseman cross was smashed home by Shelton.
The former then went into the referee’s book after bringing down Fonguck mid-way inside the Salford half.
On 83 minutes, substitute Dave Tarpey could have pulled one back when his bending effort deflected out for a corner.
Moments later, Elliott Johnson tried to beat Neal at the near post but the Salford ‘keeper got down low to maintain the two-goal advantage.
Despite late pressure from Barnet, The Ammies saw out the win, ending The Bees’ recent run of form.
John Still’s men are back in action on Saturday when they welcome Maidstone United to The Hive.
Barnet Starting Line-up: Mark Cousins, Cheye Alexander, Elliott Johnson, Craig Robson, Charlee Adams, Jack Taylor, Wes Fonguck, Josh Walker (Dave Tarpey), David Tutonda, Dan Sweeney (Callum Reynolds), Manny Duku (Jack Barham)
Unused Subs: Rihards Matrevics, Ephron Mason-Clark.
Goal Scorers: Fonguck 42’
Attendance: 1243 (81 visitors)