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A late strike from Harry Crawford secured a 3-2 victory for Barnet against Hyde
It all looked so simple at half time.
Barnet led part timers Hyde 2-0 thanks to goals from Keanu Marsh-Brown and Mark Byrne.
The second period however was a reminder that you can't take any side for granted in the Skrill Premier.
Two fine strikes from distance by Liam Tomsett levelled the contest. Hyde looked set to claim a deserved point.
But if Barnet are to challenge for promotion this season they are going to need to rescue points when they're not playing well.
Thanks to Harry Crawford they did that as the striker’s half volley from the edge of the area secured victory.
Barnet certainly made things hard for themselves.
The Bees had made the perfect start and went ahead after just two minutes. Curtis Weston’s clever pass put Marsh-Brown through on goal and he coolly slotted past David Carnell.
Barnet were in complete control throughout the opening 45 minutes and created several chances to add to their lead.
Roberto Casabella saw a low shot pushed away by Carnell before Weston saw an effort cleared off the line.
Marsh-Brown was the stand-out performer for Barnet and he came close with a shot from the edge of the box which narrowly cleared the crossbar.
Hyde had offered little going forward and the Bees defence dealt well with the visitor’s sporadic attacks.
The half had been fairly subdued but shortly before the interval Barnet added a second goal.
Marsh-Brown was the creator as his cross was met by Jake Hyde. The striker’s near post effort was saved but the rebound fell to Byrne and he tapped into the unguarded far corner.
It had been a solid half for the Bees but they made the worst possible start to the second period as Hyde grabbed a goal back.
There didn’t seem too much danger when Tomsett collected the ball 30 yards out but he drilled an unstoppable shot past Graham Stack into the top corner.
The Bees seemed rattled by the goal and the Hyde midfield began to dominate and create chances. Stack had to be alert to deny a Scott Spencer shot from the edge of the box.
Barnet had rarely threatened in the second period but there best chance of adding a third fell to Hyde. A clever clip over the defence by Weston was controlled by the striker but his low shot was saved by Carnell.
Hyde continued to pressure Barnet and they got the equaliser they deserved with 12 minutes remaining.
The ball was played to Tomsett and, for the second time in the game, he found the net with a shot from distance.
Davids responded with a double substitution. Luisma Villa, who himself was introduced in the first period in place of Luke Gambin, and Marsh-Brown was replaced by Mauro Vilhete and Crawford.
It was the right call as three minutes later the Bees retook the lead through Crawford.
The ball dropped to the striker on the edge of the box and he took a touch before driving a half volley towards the corner. Carnell got a touch on the shot but couldn’t keep it out.
Hyde should have levelled from the restart. The ball was played down the right flank and a low cross into the area was met by Spencer eight yards out. Fortunately for the Bees, he lacked composure and his effort cleared the crossbar.
Four minute were added. Hyde exerted heavy pressure.
However, the Bees defence managed to see out the game to record a victory that looked comfortable at half time.
It is six games unbeaten though and Barnet will look to extend that next Saturday as they make the long trip to face Halifax Town.
Barnet: Stack; Yiadom, Stephens, Acheampong, Brown; Casabella, Byrne, Weston; Marsh-Brown (Crawford 81), Gambin (Luisma 27) (Vilhete 81), Hyde.
Barnet substitutes: Saville, Crawford, Jupp, Luisma, Vilhete.
Hyde: Carnell, Brizell, Griffin, Dennis (Haining 53), Ashworth, Tomsett, Mainwaring, Brown, Spencer, Collins (Almond 70), Carlton.
Hyde substitutes: Haining, Poole, Hughes, Almond, Blakeman.
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