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Match Pack: Barnet 1-2 Altrincham

23 January 2021

The Bees fell to a 2-1 defeat to Altrincham in what was quite a cagey affair. It was the perfect start to the game, as the Bees went ahead early on when JJ Hooper finished neatly after running nearly the whole length of the pitch. However, Matty Kosylo's goal on 36 minutes meant the sides went into the break level. Despite the second half having few chances, the Robins snatched the win in stoppage time thanks to Josh Hancock.

HOW IT HAPPENED

The Bees were looking to get their first win of 2021, in what was only their second game of the new year.

The game began quite slowly with both sides having a number of set pieces, which they were unable to threaten from, with some poor deliveries from both sides.

However, it didn't take long for the Bees to put themselves in front on 14 minutes, after a cheeky interception from Hooper, allowed him to break on a 30-yard sprint and finish calmly past Tony Thompson in the Altincham goal.

Altrincham were having more of the ball, but weren't really offering much in the way of clear cut chances that could cause the Bees many problems, except from a free kick, which just glanced wide of the post.

There was very little to separate the two sides with much of the play happening in the middle of the pitch.

This was until just under ten minutes until the halfway point when Kosylo managed to find a way to squeeze an effort past Scott Loach to get his side back into the game and bring the scores level.

The Bees increased the pressure after this having a number of corners, but were unable to create a meaningful chance from them, meaning the sides went into the break all square.

The visitors were inches away from going in front in the first minute after the restart, after a long ball and flick on found Byron Harrison with an open goal, but he was unable to find the net.

The Robins continued to dominate the proceedings as the Bees struggled to find a way out of their own half, as the pressure mounted from their opponents.

Michael Petrasso was introduced back to the side, as he came on for Ephron Mason-Clark, and gave the Bees the chance to retake the lead when he played a ball into Alfie Pavey, whose header just went over the bar.

Neither side wanted to give too much away as they knew one mistake could be costly, as chances in the game became few and far between.

Altrincham looked the most likely to take the three points and as the game went into stoppage time they did just that, as Hancock finished past Loach to give his side the win late on.

Barnet Team: Loach, Dunne, McQueen (Faal 73'), Pavey, Hooper, Kefalas, Taylor, Richard-Everton, Binnom-Williams, Mason-Clark (Petrasso 56'), Daly

Subs not used: Azaze, Connors and Nugent


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