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By Callum Williams
BARNET'S long trip to Halifax seemed all the more daunting when home boss Chris Wilder received the Conference manager-of-the-month award after his team had gone eight games undefeated to proudly sit in third spot in the table.
The Bees, humbled 5-1 at Dagenham on their last outing, beefed up their midfield by bringing back John Doolan after suspension. There was also a spot in the starting line-up for Danny Brown.
Barnet were unlucky not to have been awarded a 4th minute penalty when Junior Agogo burst through a labouring Halifax defence and appeared to have his ankle tapped while in the process of shooting. The Bees' protests brought a yellow card for Mark Gower.
Halifax caused little trouble for the Barnet defence with one header over the bar creating the only concern for keeper Danny Naisbett.
Barnet deservedly took the lead on 39 minutes when Agogo's shot was parried by Town keeper Lee Butler and Brown followed up to strike the loose ball into the bottom left-hand corner.
This put the Bees and their fans into good heart for the second period, which got off to a flying start when Agogo headed home a cross by Brown after 46 minutes.
Things got even better for the visitors when a shot by Brown was blocked for a corner from which Gowers pinpoint cross was headed home by Greg Heald after 49 minutes.
There was more trouble at tmill for the Halifax defence on 54 minutes when Agogo pounced on a half-clearance from a Wayne Purser cross and half-volleyed home via the woodwork to leave Barnets travelling faithful in raptures.
At 4-0 down, Halifax were forced into a double substitution, including the introduction of the despised Andy Farrell to a chorus of boos and expletives from the Barnet contingent, who still remember his unprovoked assault on fans favourite Lee Harrison at Underhill earlier in the season.
With nothing to lose, Halifax committed themselves to attack with Farrell having a shot saved by Naibett.
Barnet brought on Frazer Toms for Brown after 66 minutes and three minutes later a run and shot by Towns Kevin Sandwith rattled the Barnet woodwork.
Barnet's luck only held for another 30 seconds before Halifax pulled a goal back with a close-range effort from Lewis Killeen.
The Bees defence then stood firm until the 83rd minute when Doolan was adjudged to have handled in the penalty area. Craig Midgley stepped up and hammered his spot-kick against the foot of Naisbetts left-hand post.
A late wave of Halifax pressure saw Killeen head his and Halifaxs second goal with three minutes to go, but all that remained was for Agogo to be denied a deserved hat-trick when his stoppage time shot came back off the foot of Butlers left-hand post.
A confident and much-improved display by the Bees against a side that has quietly established themselves in the top three of the table despite a host of off-the-field problems.
M.Gower, 4, dissent
S.Bushell, 21, unsporting behaviour
D.Naisbitt, I.Yakubu, G.Heald, N.Midgley, J.Doolan, J.Soloman, L.Flynn, D.Brown (F.Toms 67), M.Gower, J.Agogo, W.Purser
Unused Subs - L.Baimass*, T.Oshitola, R.Millard, C.Cashman
* Elsewhere on this site as B.Lette Jallow
L.Butler, K.Sandwith, A.Asher, S.Garnett, M.Monington, P.Clarkson, S.Bushell, B.Quailey (A.Farrell 56), I.Fitzpatrick (S.Parke 57), C.Midgley, L.Killeen
Unused Subs - N.Grayston, T.Morgan, A.Quinn
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