Bees stay top thanks to five-goal rout

Barnet 5 Morecambe 1 . . .

High-flying Barnet remain top after another devastating performance at Underhill this afternoon.

All six goals came in the final half-hour and it was even the ten-man visitors who had the nerve to strike first.

But the Bees could and should have had the match sewn up long before. Once again, they dominated and carved out a host of chances before Simon King, Ian Hendon, Giuliano Grazioli (2) and sub Nicky Bailey found the net to leave sorry Morecambe reeling.

The best chance of the first 45 minutes came from Grazioli. With his back to goal, just inside the six-yard box, he cleverly teed the ball up for himself and sent a bicycle kick over keeper Adam Sollitt, but the Shrimps were rescued by Michael Twiss on the line.

The visitors were reduced to ten men on 28 minutes when Luke Walmsley was rather harshly red-carded for a second bookable offence.

But the game became scrappy and it was not really until Morecambe stunned the hosts on the hour with a shock opener that it sparked into life. Terry McFlynn capitalised on some sloppy defending and lifted the ball over King before volleying into the far corner.

But the Bees were level within a minute, King meeting a low Richard Graham cross just inside the area and planting a quality shot into the far corner. It was his first strike for the club.

Barnet were in front seven minutes later. Grazioli was fouled as keeper Sollitt raced out to meet him and Ian Hendon blasted the resultant penalty straight down the middle into the roof of the net.

The Bees were now buzzing and it was no surprise when they struck again on 73 minutes. Hatch headed into the path of Grazioli who shrugged off his marker before shooting at Sollitt. The keeper could only block it and the striker collected the rebound and slipped the ball in from a tight angle.

The battling Hatch created a second for his strike partner minutes later. He won the ball from Michael Howard and sent in a low cross for Grazioli to stoop down at the far post to head home.

Sub Nicky Bailey then weaved through a tiring Morecambe defence in injury time and slotted past Sollitt for his first goal for the club.

BARNET (4-4-2): Millard; Hendon, King, Yakubu, Clist; Strevens, Lee (Lopez 77), Sinclair (Bailey 84), Graham; Grazioli, Hatch (Roache 76).

Attendance: 1,787.

Best Bee: Simon King.

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