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Jake Hyde scores again but Barnet held to a draw by Nuneaton
Barnet were unable to build on an encouraging first-half performance but remain unbeaten after being to a 1-1 draw at The Hive by a Nuneaton Town side, who have also yet to lose in the Skrill Premier.
The Bees were comfortably the better team in the first half and deserved to be ahead at the interval after Jake Hyde tapped in from close range to give them a 16th-minute leader.
Having offered very little going forward though, Nuneaton got back on terms shortly before the break through Andrew Brown.
The visitors improved after the break and chances were at an increasing premium as a result, with the game increasingly becoming a hard-fought stalemate to leave the Bees ruing their inability to capitalise on their first-half dominance.
The Bees, who were unchanged from the side which beat Gateshead last week, started positively with Hyde close to getting on the end of a driven cross from the right and then keeper Dimitar Evtimov had to go to ground to deal with a low Keanu Marsh-Brown centre.
The first attempt of the match came in the ninth minute when a lovely Mark Byrne pass split the Nuneaton defence and put Marsh-Brown away on the right side of the area but his shot was destined for the side netting, although Evtimov made sure by pushing it behind.
The Bees continued their positive start and appeared to have a good case for a penalty when Marsh-Brown was tripped in the area but referee Wayne Barratt was unmoved.
But the hosts’ good work was rewarded in the 16th minute when Luke Gambin demonstrated some fine skill on the left side of the 18-yard box and his low centre gave Hyde the simplest of tasks from close range for his fourth goal of the season.
The visitors continued to struggle to build up any attacking momentum and Barnet’s next opening came in the 23rd minute when Byrne, Hyde and Gambin linked together for a fine flowing move but it was ended when the over-lapping Elliot Johnson’s cross was too close to the keeper.
With the confidence visibly flowing through the Bees, Curtis Weston chanced his arm with a 25 yarder which wasn’t too far away before Marsh-Brown also let fly from distance, but this time Evitomov was forced to dive to his right to tip the shot behind.
Barnet looked set to take their advantage into the half but having offered very little going forward all half, Nuneaton levelled two minutes before the break when Daniel Sneath did well to get over a cross from the left and Brown got ahead of his man to prod the ball past Graham Stack from close range and make it 1-1.
And it was Brown who had the first attempt of the second half but his tame header was comfortably dealt with after Anthony Acheampong had only been able to head a delivery from the right up in the air.
Sneath picked up the game’s first booking in the 53rd minute for a foul on Andy Yiadom and Evtimov had to come through a crowd of players to deal with Gambin’s resultant free-kick.
It was no surprise that Nuneaton improved after the restart and but for a superb challenge from David Stephens, Brown would have had a clear sight of goal from around eight yards out on the hour.
Edgar Davids opted to make the first change in the 65th minute as Harry Crawford came on for Roberto Casabella as Barnet sought to get the upper hand again and five minutes later Mash-Brown tried his luck with a curler from outside the area but Evtimov wasn’t unduly troubled.
The Bees continued to press but were too often being let down by the quality of the crossing or final pass, with Byrne also shooting over from the edge of the area.
Both sides made changes with around two minutes to go – Marciano Mengerink replacing Gambin and Connor Taylor coming on for Sneath – and it was Mengerink who was to have the next chance when his surging run into the area from the right ended with a shot being deflected into the side netting.
Louis Moult then saw yellow for a foul on Crawford but it was the Bees substitute who had a chance to grab the winner as the game entered the first of four minutes of injury time, only for his strike to be excellently blocked by Theo Streete.
Nuneaton then had a chance at the other end but Moult was unable to clear the wall with a 25-yard free-kick and his follow-up strike was deflected through to Stack.
Barnet: Stack; Yiadom, Stephens, Acheampong, Johnson; Weston; Marsh-Brown, Byrne, Casabella (Crawford 65), Gambin (Mengerink 80); Hyde. Not used: Jupp, Saville and Vilhete.
Nuneaton Town: Evtimov; Streete, Dean, Cowan, Bell; York, Armson, Walker, Sleath (Taylor 82); Brown, Moult. Not use: Adams, McNamee, Gordon and Pearson.
Bookings: Sleath for a foul on Yiadom (53); Moult for a foul on Crawford (84).
Attendance: 1,509 (182 away).
Referee: Wayne Barratt.
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