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Barnet completed a 1-0 away win at Hereford United but head coach Edgar Davids was again absent
9:10pm Saturday 19th October 2013 in Sport
No Edgar Davids at Hereford’s Edgar Street. No problem. Barnet didn’t need their head coach on hand at as the Bees recorded a 1-0 victory against the Bulls.
Davids was unable to play due to suspension and many wondered if he would travel. The answer was no.
His side, however, are used to being without their head coach and Ahmed Abdulla’s first-half header proved the difference between two evenly matched sides.
With several injuries and suspensions the Bees’ side was depleted. Maruo Vilhete was drafted in at left-back and new signing Carl Fletcher made his debut in midfield.
Both teams had time on the ball throughout the opening 45 minutes but few chances were created. Keanu Marsh-Brown forced Rhys Evans into a near post stop while Jack Saville did well to deny Michael Rankine from close range.
Luisma Villa should have put the Bees ahead after he met a Kieran Cadogan cross six yards out. But he shot wide. Hereford rarely troubled Graham Stack and when the Bulls did threaten David Stephens and Jack Saville were on hand to clear the danger.
Barnet kept possession well in the first half and a neat passing move led to the opening goal. Dani Lopez played the ball out to Marsh-Brown.
The winger had time to deliver his cross and it was met by Abdulla. His header clipped the crossbar and dropped into the net.
Immediately following the restart, Marsh-Brown collected the ball 20 yards out and his curled shot went narrowly over.
The Bees went into the break ahead and they began the second period brightly. Villa came close to adding a second after his deflected shot flew wide of Evans’ post.
Hereford went more direct in their approach as they searched for an equaliser. Ross Dyer came close with a header that Stack pushed clear and Dan Walker fired a volley wide from 20 yards.
Barnet threatened on the counter and Cadogan came inches away from scoring after he was unable to connect with a Marsh-Brown cross.
Stephens and Saville continued to deal with Hereford’s long passes and Vilhete performed well in the unfamiliar role at left-back.
Marciano Mengerink was brought on in place of Lopez midway and he missed two chances to double the Bees advantage.
However, Barnet defended well for the remainder of the game and Hereford were unable to apply late pressure.
The Bees saw out the game confidently and never looked in danger of letting their lead slip. It wasn’t a great performance but it was enough to clinch victory.
Hereford United Evans; Leadbitter, McDonald, Graham, Bush, Krans (Brown 62), Purdie (Sharp 75), Gwynne, Walker (Odhiambo 67), Rankine, Dyer.
Hereford United substitutes: Edwards, Artus.
Barnet: Stack; Vilhete, Stephens, Acheampong, Saville; Abdulla, Fletcher (Byrne 57); Cadogan, Villa, Marsh-Brown (Nurse 88); Lopez (Mengerink 69).
Barnet substitutes: Jupp, Allen.
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