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Barnet move into fourth place in the Skrill Premier as a Jake Hyde goal secures a 1-0 win against Wrexham
Barnet’s bid for a play-off spot is gathering momentum. They now sit fourth in the Skrill Premier table after claiming a fourth consecutive victory. The latest win came at Wrexham thanks to a single Jake Hyde goal.
For the second game in succession Hyde was the match-winner. The striker again in the right place to flick home an Andy Yiadom cross with 12 minutes remaining.
It was a goal the Bees deserved following an impressive display, particularly in the second period.
The Bees fans travelled to north Wales in confident mood. There were three changes to the Barnet side. Elliot Johnson, Kieran Cadogan and Charlie Adams came into the starting XI in place of Dani Lopez, Mauro Vilhete and Luisma Villa.
The first ten minutes were open and both teams created chances. Wrexham’s Elliot Durrell forced Nick Jupp into a low stop before Joe Anyinsah had an effort blocked by the Bees stopper.
At the other end, Hyde should have done better from 18 yards but curled his shot wide and Keanu Marsh-Brown forced Andy Coughlin to tip the ball over the crossbar with a strike from distance.
After a frenetic start the game settled. The hosts came close to opening the scoring as Jupp acrobatically kept out a header from Andy Bishop.
Dean Keates, who netted a late equaliser when the two sides met at The Hive earlier in the season, then whipped a free-kick inches wide.
The best opening of the first 45 minutes was created by the Dragons. A corner to the back post was met by Bishop. He headed the ball downwards but Johnson was perfectly placed to hack the ball clear off his goal-line.
Barnet’s threat faded throughout the half but the Bees almost went ahead on the half hour. Adams broke forward and his low cross was sliced into the side netting of his own goal by Danny Livesey.
Wrexham pressed Barnet across the pitch in the opening period but they began to tire. It allowed the Bees more time in possession but they weren’t able to make it count before the interval.
The visitors started the second period brightly and Marsh-Brown wriggled away from two defenders before shooting wide.
Wrexham failed to trouble the Barnet defence during the second half as the Bees' defensive unit produced another resolute display.
Barnet maintained pressure on the Dragons’ goal and it was almost rewarded with the opener. Marsh-Brown crossed low into the area and Hyde’s inventive flick seemed destined for the net but Coughlin produced a stunning stop to deny the visitors.
The Bees continued to press forward and, in the 78th minute, they created the goal they deserved.
Yiadom escaped his marker and broke down the right flank. As so often this season, the cross was delivered to the near post and, as so often this season, Hyde was on hand to flick the ball into the net.
Barnet dropped deeper in the closing stages as they looked to protect their slender advantage. The Dragons attempted a late charge but the Bees’ defence snuffed out their opponents.
The victory lifts Barnet into fourth and level on points with third placed Alfreton Town. The Bees can consolidate their position with a victory at Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday evening.
Wrexham: Coughlin, Carrington, Livesey, Tomassen, Ashton; Clarke, Harris, Keates; Durrell (Thornton 80), Bishop (Ogleby 69), Anyinsah (Ormerod 62).
Wrexham substitutes: Artell, Hunt.
Barnet: Jupp; Yiadom, Stephens, Gjokaj, Johnson; Byrne, Weston, Cadogan; Adams (Casabella 81), Marsh-Brown (Lopez 67); Hyde (Mengerink 90).
Barnet substitutes: Abdulla, Vilhete.