Grazioli in scoring form

St Albans City 1 Barnet 3
Pre-season friendly

Giuliano Grazioli sent out a warning to the rest of League Two that he intends to carry on where he left off last season.

The ace marksman struck a brace in a classy first-half Barnet performance at Clarence Park on Tuesday night.

The hosts were no match for the visitors and only came into the game after the break when Bees boss Paul Fairclough sent on a team made up almost entirely of trialists.

It was a reversal of Saturday, when Barnet were forced to play second fiddle until the Arsenal big guns were removed.

Grazioli took just seven minutes to strike and it was a goal to savour. He used his strength to shrug off a defender before unleashing a dipping half-volley into the roof of the net from an acute angle.

Ben Strevens added a second on the half-hour, with a thumping header from a Richard Graham free-kick.

Grazioli then struck again ten minutes later after trialist Morgaro Gomis had forced a block from the home keeper, the striker doing well to keep down the rebound.

It could have been more. Grazioli also saw a lob go just over, while Graham curled an effort inches past the upright.

The impressive Gomis, the only trialist in the starting line-up, looked at home in the Barnet side and was involved in much action. The midfielder might also have got on the scoresheet but could not keep down a Grazioli lay-off.

The Saints, making the most of the wholesale Barnet changes at half-time, finally pulled one back on 77 minutes.

The second half proved a disappointment and few of the trialists in an amber shirt seemed to make the most of their opportunity.

BARNET (4-5-1): Tynan (Flitney 45); Hendon (Batt 45), King, Yakubu (Hodges 45), Charles (Gross 45); Strevens (Roache 45), Bailey (Soares 45), Gomis (Bowditch 45), Lee (Alexis 45), Graham (Hatch 45); Grazioli (Abbey 45).

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