Torquay United 3-2 Barnet.

It is a result that could have major repercussions for Barnet – who slipped into the League Two relegation zone after the defeat.

Before kick-off the Bees were two points ahead of the Gulls. At full-time they were a point behind.

Torquay had gone ahead through Elliot Benyon but Jake Hyde equalised in the second half with his first touch after coming off the bench.

The Gulls responded immediately as Billy Bodin netted. Brian Saah then added a third.

Hyde scored his second with 15 minutes remaining but the Bees couldn’t complete the comeback.

Two games remain. Last day heroics may again be required in order to survive.

The defeat against Torquay means Barnet have not won an away match on a Tuesday night in 31 attempts.

Edgar Davids made two changes to his side for the match. Hyde and Jon Nurse dropped to the bench and were replaced by Harry Crawford and Keanu Marsh-Brown.

Barry Fuller missed the game after the FA extended his suspension by a further two matches.

The Gulls started the contest with urgency, something that has been lacking from Barnet in recent weeks.

Graham Stack tipped an early shot from Rene Howe wide of the post before the Bees goalkeeper has to scramble back to deny Elliot Benyon after a poor clearance.

Lee Mansell also came close for the home side but his shot from distance went narrowly wide of the post.

Barnet had struggled to build attacks and in the 25th minute the Bees went behind.

A free-kick was chipped into to the penalty area. Saah headed the ball back into the six yard box and Benyon headed past Stack.

The Gulls took confidence from the opener and they pressed the Barnet midfield well. Crawford struggled to make an impact as he was crowded out by the hosts’ defence.

Barnet’s best two chances came in the 34th minute. Andy Yiadom first forced Michael Poke into a good reaction save with a strike from distance.

John Oster collected the ball and his low cross was turned towards goal by Mark Byrne. However, Poke did well to tip the ball wide.

Torquay went into break ahead. Neither side made changes at the interval.

The home side continued to create the better chances in the second half. Ryan Jarvis forced Stack into a good stop and Benyon headed straight at the Bees goalkeeper from six yards.

On 56 minutes Barnet made a change. Hyde replaced Oster. The Bees top scorer made an immediate impact.

A free-kick was sent towards the backpost by Davids. Torquay attempted an offside trap but Hyde timed his run well and headed past Poke from close range.

Two minutes later, the Bees went behind for a second time. The ball was played out to Bodin and his low strike across goal nestled in the corner of Stack’s net.

Barnet pushed men forward and were vulnerable when Torquay counter-attacked.

The Bees continued to attempt to play their way out of the back and they caused problems for themselves.

From a corner cheaply given away, Torquay added a third. A deep cross was met by Saah and his header back across goal went in off the post.

Barnet looked bereft of confidence. A change was made. Davids was replaced by Luke Gambin. Like the Bees first substitution it had an impact.

The ball was played out to Gambin and he drilled a low cross into the box. Crawford got a touch and diverted the ball into the path of Hyde and he controlled his volley into the corner.

Just under 15 minutes remained. Barnet pushed forward. Hyde sent an effort over the crossbar before Yiadom did the same with a header.

Torquay continued to threaten. Bodin smashed an effort from distance wide.

Five minutes were added. Crawford headed over a Gambin cross. It was the last chance of the contest.

The result puts Barnet in the relegation zone with two games remaining. The home match against Wycombe Wanderers is a must win for the Bees on Saturday.

Barnet: Stack; Yiadom, Stephens, Flanagan, Johnson; Oster (Hyde 56), Byrne, Weston, Davids (Gambin 73), Marsh-Brown (Nurse 78); Crawford.

Barnet substitutes: Kamdjo, Nurse, Gambin, Hyde, Vilhete, N'Toko, Kuipers.

Torquay United: Poke; Oastler, Saah, Downes, Nicholson, Jarvis (Morris 87), Mansell, Lathrope, Bodin, Benyon (Yeoman 80), Howe.

Torquay United substitutes: Morris, Rice, MacDonald, Stevens, Craig, Cruise, Yeoman.

Attendance: 2,722 (86).