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Match Pack: Barnet 0-2 Chesterfield

20 March 2021

The Bees fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Chesterfield.


Chesterfield came straight out of the blocks from the first whistle and were very nearly ahead after only 20 seconds when Adi Yussuf was played through on goal, only to blast his shot into the side netting.

The visitors continued to attack with intent with some nervous moments for the Bees backline including Courtney Baker-Richardson, smashing the ball onto his own crossbar from a Spireites corner, before the defence eventually cleared.

But after eleven minutes the visitors were rewarded for their dominance with a goal from Tom Whelan who fired a shot into the bottom left hand corner.

This goal was a much needed wake up call for the Bees and they started to have a bit more of the ball, carving out a couple of chances, including Ephron Mason-Clark who had a free kick which had the right technique, but just too much in the way of height.

The game itself started to go quite flat with neither side really threatening in attack, though the Bees were unlucky not to make more of a counter as Michael Petrasso broke at speed, playing in Muhammadu Faal, only for the striker's shot to be saved.

Chesterfield started the second half the same way they did the first, but this time were able to score straight away as Aymen Azaze parried a free kick into the path of Yussif who finished calmly from about two yards out.

The visitors after doubling their lead, continued to hold possession well and could have easily had three, with one chance somehow coming off the post after going past Azaze.

On the rare occasion in which the Bees were allowed out of their half by the Spireites, they were unable to fashion any real meaningful chances that could potentially cause a threat to Grant Smith's goal.

In similar pattern to the first half, Chesterfield weren't really able to maintain their constant pressure and despite having a lot of the ball, they still didn't have a large number of chances to their name.

Mason-Clark had what was probably the Bees best chance of the game, just before the 90, when Vasiliou sent in a decent cross, producing a acrobatic effort which just went over the bar.

Things ended in the worst possible way for the Bees when Ben Richards-Everton was sent off for a poor challenge in stoppage time.

In the end it was the visitors who left the Hive with all three points. 

Barnet Team: Azaze, McQueen (McBurnie 64'), Petrasso, Faal, Kefalas, H.Taylor, Richards-Everton, Baker-Richardson (Vasiliou 46'), Binnom-Williams, Mason-Clark, Vaghan (R.Taylor 64')

Subs not used: Callan and Preston

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