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Barnet suffered a 2-1 home defeat against Macclesfield Town in the Skrill Premier
It is five games without a win for Barnet in the Skrill Premier. The Bees supporter’s early season hopes have been replaced by concern.
Their latest failure came at the Hive. A 2-1 defeat against lowly Macclesfield Town. It was Barnet’s first competitive defeat at their new home.
A brace from Connor Jennings cancelled out Mauro Vilhete’s first goal for the Bees. It proved enough for the visitors.
For the first time in his Barnet reign, Edgar Davids is under pressure.
The Bees head coach decided to return to the side, his first appearance of the season. It was one of four changes to the team which began the weekend defeat to Alfreton.
The Dutchman replaced Ahmed Abdulla while Marciano Mengerink, Luisma Villa and Vilhete came in to the starting XI.
Barnet started brightly and Davids fired an early shot into the side netting after he broke into the Macclesfield penalty area.
Nine minutes into the game the Bees were awarded a penalty. Mengerink tripped into the area by Paul Turnbull. It was an easy decision for the referee.
The Dutch striker elected to take the spot kick but his well struck effort was tipped wide of the right hand post by Rhys Taylor. It was the Bees' fourth successive failure from the spot.
From the resultant corner Davids' curled shot ended in the empty stand behind the Silkmen’s goal.
Barnet had been the better side in the opening 25 minutes and Villa and Vilhete both had further efforts on goal.
But the Bees were once again undone by a set-piece. A simple free-kick into the Barnet penalty area saw Jennings escape his marker and tap past Graham Stack.
The visitors grew in confidence and only an Anthony Acheampong clearance off his own goal line denied Jack Mackreth.
But seconds later Macclesfield did have a second goal. The ball broke to Jennings and he curled a shot from 25 yards into the top corner.
Barnet were rattled and they struggled to maintain possession.
Curtis Weston did force Taylor into a near post stop but the Bees looked devoid of ideas.
At half time the Barnet fans booed their side off. An improved performance in the second period was needed.
But the Bees remained lethargic and struggled to create a clear opening.
A Mengerink shot from inside the six yard box failed to trouble Taylor. Macclesfield didn’t threaten in the second period despite Davids slotting into the back four in place of Acheampong.
With 16 minutes remaining there was a glimmer of hope for the home side. A neat turn from Villa allowed him space and his intelligent pass freed Vilhete. The winger steadied himself and smashed a left-footed effort past Taylor.
Would an onslaught ensue? No.
Barnet did go more direct. Their passing game abandoned in search of an equaliser. But the Silkmen’s defence repelled the Bees’ attacks.
One final chance arrived, it fell to David Stephens. A long pass forward from Stack was flicked towards the left post by the defender. Unfortunately for the Bees it cleared the crossbar.
Understandably, boos again came from the Barnet supporters at full time. Their side have dropped to 12th in the table.
Barnet: Stack; Yiadom, Stephens, Acheampong (Gambin 56), Johnson; Byrne (Crawford 84), Weston, Davids; Vilhete, Villa, Mengerink.
Barnet substitutes: Jupp, Crawford, Casabella, Gambin, Abdulla.
Macclesfield Town: Taylor; Connor, Andrew, Martin (Sodje 45(Charmers 27)), Turnbull, Mackreth, Jennings, Holroyd (Kissock 80), Winn, Whitaker, Halls.
Macclesfield Town substitutes: Kissock, Sodje, Boden, Rowe, Charmers.
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