Barnet Football Club


Medy Elito bagged the only goal of the game just before half-time and another strong defensive display helped seal the three pointsclinching a seventh successive clean sheet.

The Bees made two changes from the side that convincingly beat Eastleigh 3-0 on Tuesday night. Dave Tarpey replaced Wes Fonguck who dropped to the bench whilst Ricardo Santos came in for Dan Sweeney, marking his first start of the season. It was a similar story for the hosts who also made a double switch following their 1-0 victory over Halifax Town last weekend with Alan Massey and Adrian Clifton coming in for Rene Steer and Ayo Obileye. 

It proved to be a very quiet first half at York Road but the hosts could have taken the lead with only three minutes on the clock. Striker Clifton found space on the edge of the box before striking low and hard but his effort whistled just past the post.

Josh Kelly then had a chance to break the dead-lock when he was played through on goal but the youngster’s effort fizzed beyond the post aswell. 

Up the other end and it was Barnet’s turn to pose an attacking threat when Tarpey let rip from 25 yards out but his effort also found the advertising boards.

The Bees did go into half-time ahead though as Ephron Mason-Clark fired in a low cross from the right which was tapped in at the far post by Elito just moments before the break.

However, the Stripes began the second period on the upper hand as Mike Fondop’s shot forced Mark Cousins into a save low to his left following a spell of attacking pressure.

Elliott Johnson then swung in a corner from the right which eventually fell to the head of Shaq Coulthirst. However, Carl Pentney was on hand to catch his looping effort.

With eight minutes remaining, Harry Taylor picked up a yellow card for a foul moments before Maidenhead’s James Akintunde joined him in the book for protesting a challenge on Elito.

Six minutes were added on at the end of the game but the Bees managed to hold to clinch a second victory on the bounce. 

We return to action on Tuesday night as we travel to Maidstone United.

MAIDENHEAD UNITED: PentneyClerimaOdameteyComley, Kelly (Akintunde)Twumasi, Clifton, Massey (C)Fondop (Worsfold), Gabriel, Nombe (Bird).


BARNET LINE-UP: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds (C), Santos, Robson, Tarpey (Tutonda)Coulthirst (Barham)H.TaylorElito, Mason-Clark (Akinola). 

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