Despite His White Boots

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Barnet 2 Acchrington Schtanley 2

Two points dropped for Barnet really but I didn't mind because I was so pleased Rangers had pulled one out at Charlton earlier in the day. Plus it was a very entertaining game. It was a bit of a mystery how there was no score in the first half ; Liam Hatch and Adam Birchall both missed one-on-one chances for Barnet and the brilliantly named Roscoe D'Sane skipped around home keeper Lee Harrison and fired his shot against the post when he really should have scored.

Hatch fired home a rebound from an offside position soon after the break, but when the onion bag finally did bulge it was with two goals that each would have graced a much higher level. The visitors earned a free kick on the edge of the box after Sagi Burton appeared to get the ball but presumably fouled his opponent before that point, and Ian Crainey fired a belter into the far corner. Barnet rallied and after Josh Wright's header bounced off the top of the post, Hatch equalised with an even better strike. There seemed to be no danger from a high cross but as the defender backed off a little, expecting Hatch to head the ball across goal, the striker took the opportunity to bring the ball down and lash a ferocious 18-yard half-volley into the top corner. Probably the best goal I've seen at that level for a good couple of years.

Burton then made amends by curling a shot into the top corner after Stanley failed to clear a corner, and Barnet should have closed the game out easily from there. Jason Puncheon fired over from a Sheringham-esque corner routine but unfortunately no third goal was forthcoming, and the points were dropped when Lee Harrison fumbled a low cross and D'Sane (in the membrane) bundled home an equaliser. Nonetheless, Barnet are still 5th in the table and the progress they are making despite selling four quality players (well, at that level) this year is a real credit to Paul Fairclough and his team.

Update : Oh, and the Bees scored a nice draw in the FA Cup, Gillingham at home. Leeds or Forest would have been far too much for Underhill to handle, but Gillingham should be a good test, also featuring ex-Bee Simon King and ex-Rs Simon Royce and Steve Lomas.


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