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Match Pack: Chorley 0-1 Barnet

22 February 2020

Paul McCallum's second minute strike was enough for the Bees to secure all three points in a commanding performance over Chorley at Victory Park

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Bees made the perfect start as Paul McCallum slid to touch home after Simeon Akinola's strike was well saved by Matt Urwin. It was the perfect start for Darren Currie's side as they led inside two minutes. 

It could have been two just after as the ball flicked up to Dan Sweeney who forced a great stop out of Matt Urwin. 

Akinola was next to go close as he flicked James Dunne's well-taken free-kick into the gloves of Urwin. Up the other end, the hosts went close as Alex Newby was inches away from finding a teammate at the back post. 

The hosts continued to up the anti midway through the half, but the Bees stood firm and limited the hosts to half chances.

Callum Reynolds did well to evert the biggest danger of the half as Alex Newby put in a wicked delivery, which our number four did brilliantly to turn behind

We went in ahead at the break and deservedly so after a commanding opening 45 minutes in the North-West. 

The Bees handled the game very well in the opening stages of the second half and were inches away from doubling their lead, as Urwin made an outstanding stop to tip Akinola's free-kick onto the crossbar. 

McCallum then got onto Vilhete's cross on the follow-up, but his flying header from six yards out went agonisingly over the crossbar. 

Sweeney then struck a venomous strike towards goal but it was superbly defended by Meppen-Walters as he bravely headed the strike behind for a corner kick. 

Akinola linked up well with Sweeney and found himself in the box but fired over 10 yards from goal, the Bees dominating the game against the Magpies. 

The Bees saw the game out professionally as the hosts looked to throw caution to the wind. Scott Loach wasn't called into action at all to make a save of note.

Substitute Josh Walker had the last chance of the afternoon as he fired just wide from the edge of the box, but the Bees did more than enough to deservedly take all three points back to London. 

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Santos, Dunne (C), Akinola (Walker 80'), McCallum, Vilhete (Elito '61), Tutonda, Sweeney. 

Unused Subs: Adams, Fonguck, Sparkes. 

TEAM NEWS

Darren Currie opted to name an unchanged squad from the one that started Tuesday's abandoned match with Harrogate Town.  

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UP NEXT 

The Bees return to home turf on Tuesday night as we take on Dagenham and Redbridge at The Hive London. 

Everyone from Barnet Football Club would like to thank the travelling Bee Army for their unwavering support this afternoon.


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