Barnet were unable to build on their weekend win against Notts County as they suffered a 2-0 defeat at Yeovil Town last night.

The Bees were up against it for almost the whole game after conceding an early penalty and in their increasingly desperate efforts to get back on terms, Yeovil scored a second in time added on after their keeper Jonny Maddison had made a series of fine second-half saves.

Simeon Akinola secured his place in the starting line-up after impressing when coming on as a substitute during the win over County. Centre-back Ricardo Santos was deemed fit to be pushed into action despite limping off against the Magpies.

Heavy rain had put the game in some doubt but referee James Linington gave the go-ahead after a pitch inspection just two hours before kick-off.

The visitors got off to the worst possible start. With less than half a minute on a clock an innocuous challenge by Santos on Tom Surridge was adjudged to merit a penalty which Surridge duly dispatched from 12 yards.

Barnet were sluggish in the first half, their lethargy in part perhaps due to the long coach journey from The Hive to Somerset.

The home side should have had more than a solitary goal to show for their first-half endeavours, with their opponents lacking in confidence and failing to find any rhythm in their play.

Sturridge and strike partner Alex Fisher always looked dangerous for the hosts, making the Barnet defence work overtime to keep them in check.

Amid the Glovers’ dominance, Akinola did break free to strike an effort that went over the bar and a shot just before the interval from full-back Richard Brindley grazed an upright.

Yeovil’s failure to extend their lead gave the Bees hope that they could turn the game around.

The visitors started the second half in a positive mood and were scarcely recognisable from the outfit that had played second fiddle for the first 45 minutes and had failed to have a shot on target.

Akinola, lively substitute Mauro Vilhete and David Tutonda all had goal-worthy efforts denied, with Brindley very unlucky when his drive from 30 yards was spectacularly kept out by keeper Maddison, who managed to tip the ball over the crossbar.

Yeovil continued to create opportunities on the break, with a Corey Whelan effort almost extending the home side’s advantage.

But with the Bees pushing forward, even to the extent of the full-backs being deployed high up the pitch, Yeovil put the outcome beyond doubt three minutes into injury time.

Substitute François Zoko took possession of the ball just inside the Barnet half before advancing goalwards, dismissing the challenge of Charlie Clough, before firing past Craig Ross to find the back of the net.

Barnet: Ross, Brindley, Clough, Santos, Tutonda (Blackman 83), Nicholson (Coulthirst 50), Watson, Weston, Akinola (Vilhete 72), Akinde, Nicholls. Subs not used: J.Taylor, Sule, Legg, Plavotic.