Barnet put five past National League side Maidstone United as they kicked-off pre-season in emphatic style in Kent.

The Bees, led by new permanent head coach Rossi Eames, put out three sides over the 90 minutes at the Gallagher Stadium on Saturday, with each playing a half-hour in the goalfest.

Fumnaya Shomotun gave Barnet an early lead, which was soon doubled by Justin Amaluzor, before Alex Nicholls added a third moments after his introduction on the half-hour.

It was not until 15 minutes from time the Bees made it four, when Ryan Watson slotted in another effort from some careless Maidstone defending.

Jean Louis Akpa Akpro, fresh from a loan spell at Yeovil Town, added a fifth late on thanks to a lovely through-ball from Jamal Campbell-Ryce.

Eames named a strong team to begin the game in Kent, and Shomotun rounded off a bright start with a powerful finish six minutes in following good work from Elliot Johnson down the left.

A second followed when Simeon Akinola crossed for Amaluzor, who doubled the Bees' lead with a fine diving header beyond Lee Worgan.

A rare Maidstone foray forward ended with Miguel Dias going down under pressure in the Barnet box, but his protests came to nothing.

Nelson was forced off shortly before the first raft of changes, and once they followed, so did a third goal within a minute.

An unnamed trialist brought the ball forward before squaring for birthday boy John Akinde, whose shot was blocked - but Alex Nicholls was on hand to tap home the rebound.

An entirely rotated side greeeted the Bees upon their re-emergence after the break, and the new Stones 11 proved increasingly resolute.

Not until the second wave of changes from the visitors did Barnet re-assert their dominance, as Watson, Akpa Akpro and Ephron Mason-Clark all saw chances saved.

The former got his goal soon after following some poor defensive work from the Stones, allowing him to turn away from one defender and pick his spot well to finish.

Barnet finished the scoring with a fine counter attack from a Maidstone corner, as a loose ball broke to Campbell-Ryce who played a pinpoint pass through to Akpa Akpro.

The veteran striker rounded the Stones keeper before adding a fifth of a confidence-boosting afternoon in Kent.

The hosts managed a late rally when Joe Pigott and Tyler Campbell had chances, but Kai McKenzie-Lyle's goal was never really troubled as the Bees started pre-season in perfect style.

Barnet: Stephens (Ross 30 (McKenzie-Lyle 60)); H Taylor (Coulson 30 (Day 60)), Nelson (Clough 26 (Santos 60)), Smith (Payne 30), Johnson (Coker 30 (Tutonda 60)); J Taylor (Fonguck 30 (Watson 60)), Sweeney (Bover 30 (Weston 60)), Shomotun (Nicholls 30 (Trialist 60)), Cojocarel (Trialist 30 (Mason-Clark 60)), Akinola (Kyei 30 (Campbell-Ryce 60)); Amaluzor (Akinde 30 (Akpa Akpro 60)).