Barnet boss Darren Currie praised “natural” striker Paul McCallum after his goal secured all three points in a win over Chorley on Saturday.

The January signing followed in Simeon Akinola’s effort after just two minutes, with the Bees having to grind out the points for the remainder of the game.

McCallum’s early winner pushed Barnet ever closer to the National League play-off spots, and while Currie was delighted with the striker’s performance, he believes there is even more to come from him.

He said: “You can help improve players, but there are certain people, and I know through my own playing days when I played with certain strikers, that can just sniff out being in the right place at the right time.

“Some of it is very natural, some of it is stuff that you can’t teach people With Macca’s record over recent times, I would suggest it’s quite natural to him to be in the right place at the right time.

“He’s made the impact that we all hoped he would make when he came through the door but I do believe there’s more to come from him, like I do with all the other players. We’re always striving for better, but we’re on the road today, we’ve had to win a game in a different way and we’ve managed to do that so I’m very pleased.”

Victory for Barnet lifted them to within two points of Notts County, who occupy the final play-off spot, while the Bees have as many as four games in hand on some of the teams currently standing in their way.