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Barnet came from two goals behind to claim a 2-2 draw against Aldershot Town
10:17pm Tuesday 17th September 2013 in Sport
An 87th minute goal from Harry Crawford helped Barnet rescue a point and claim a 3-3 draw against Aldershot Town.
Brett Williams put the Shots ahead at the break after turning in a cross after two minutes.
Curtis Weston equalised for the Bees in the second period but Manny Oyeleke and a second from Williams put Aldershot in control.
Barnet pulled a goal back with 12 minutes remaining through Marciano Mengerink and Crawford’s late equaliser earned the Bees a share of the points.
There was one change to the Barnet side as Jake Hyde, who missed the game with a hamstring injury, was replaced by Ahmed Abdulla.
The Bees made the worse possible start and were behind after just two minutes. Mark Mosesley’s cross into the penalty area found the unmarked Williams and he coolly side-footed past Stack.
A deluge throughout the opening 45 minutes meant there was little quality displayed from either team.
Crawford came close to tapping in a Keanu Marsh-Brown cross before Elliot Johnson’s over-hit delivery required Glen Morris to claw the ball away from under his crossbar.
The hosts rarely threatened Graham Stack’s goal after going ahead but Joe Oastler came close with a shot from distance which went narrowly over.
Barnet created the final chance of a poor half. The ball was played to Weston on the edge of the box but his strike was deflected and easily stopped by Morris.
The rain eased off during half time and the Bees were much improved after the restart.
The visitors had the ball in the net when Mark Byrne tapped in from close range but the goal was ruled out for offside by the assistant referee.
The Bees dominated possession and Andy Yiadom drilled a shot from the edge of the box wide of the post.
Barnet continued to push forward and they got the goal they deserved. A long pass wasn’t dealt with by the Shots defence and Weston nipped in and his lobbed effort over Morris nestled in the corner.
The Bees were in full control of the contest but on 64 minutes, the Shots took a surprise lead.
The ball was played out to Oyeleke and he wasn’t closed down by the Barnet defence. The attacker took a touch and fired the ball past Stack.
Five minutes later and the home side added a third. The ball was played back to Stack, there seemed little danger.
But the usually reliable goalkeeper saw his pass intercepted by Williams who had the easy task of sliding the ball into an unguarded net.
The Shots then almost grabbed a fourth as Adam Webster strode through several challenges before shooting wide.
Barnet seemed out of the game and devoid of ideas. Then they pulled a goal back. A neat pass from Weston put Crawford in on goal and the striker unselfishly squared the ball to substitute Mengerink who tapped home.
Momentum was with the Bees and Aldershot became nervous. Williams missed a great chance to secure the win but missed the target from six yards. It proved costly.
Barnet pushed forward in search of an equaliser and with two minutes remaining they levelled the contest.
Crawford broke into the penalty area and passed along the six yard box. Aldershot couldn't clear and the striker turned the ball home to earn his side an unlikely point.
Aldershot Town: Morris, Oastler, Stanley, Goodman, Webster, Rowlands, Williams, Paterson (Roberts 61), Oyeleke (Gibbs 75), Barker, Molesley.
Aldershot Town substitutes: Wickham, Roberts, Douglas, Williams, Gibbs.
Barnet: Stack; Yiadom, Stephens, Acheampong (Villa 73), Johnson; Abdulla (Mengerink 73), Byrne, Weston; Gambin (Saville 82), Marsh-Brown; Crawford.
Barnet substitutes: Saville, Villa, Casabella, Mengerink, Jupp.
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