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Npower League Two
And so it goes on
By Andrew Taylor
After all the hype and tension a 1-1 draw was a fair reflection of a match that lacked quality and had few clear cut chances. Delroy Facey nodded The Bulls ahead but substitute Ben May equalised 20 minutes later.
Unsurprisingly Barnet were unchanged from Monday's defeat against Crawley and were quickly on the backfoot, Tom Barkhuizen was giving Jordan Mustoe a tough start down the right hand side, indeed it was Barkhuizen who passed to Ben Purkiss who then put in a decent cross for Facey to beat his marker and put Hereford ahead.
The home side were rocked and it was the visitors who were looking the more likely to score next, there was a distinct lack of width to the play as any attack was met with a block or clearance. Then came a bold move from the home bench, fit again Ben May was thrown into the action after 25 minutes replacing Saed Hajrovic, meaning Clovis Kamdjo reverted to right back and May joined Ricky Holes and Izale McLeod up top, the move immediately paid off, McLeod found space in the box and although his shot was blocked, May was on hand to prod the bouncing ball into the corner of the net, celebrations followed by the fans, players and the bench with Graz getting a few high fives in particular.
The Bees performance was much better now and they were the better side for the remainder of the half although few goal scoring chances were created as the half ended all square.
In the second half there was no shortage of effort and energy but ultimately no end result, Ricky Holmes was trying his best and looked dangerous with the ball at his feet, Ben May was winning most things in the air and Mark Byrne's final ball was impressive but always lacking someone to be in the right place at the right time.
In the closing minutes as the visitors decided to throw caution to the wind, the best chance of the game arrived, Yoann Arquin's first effort was well saved by Dean Brill, his rebound was goalbound but Kamdjo was on the line to block and concede a corner, it was a real let-off for The Bees.
It could have been a whole lot worse here, as Lawrie Sanchez stated after the game The Bees still have their destiny in their own hands, we must hope Crewe can get a result tomorrow at Macclesfield to ease the pressure slightly, next Friday it's promotion chasing Southend at Roots Hall, and so it continues.
[Other stats will be added tomorrow.]
Brill, Mustoe, Hajrovic (May - 25), Hector, Kamdjo, Downing, Hughes, Byrne, Deering, Holmes, McLeod
Unused substitutes: O'Brien, Saville, Yiadom, N'Diaye
Bartlett, Townsend, Purkiss, Chambers (Baxendale - 77), Anthony, Featherstone, Lunt, Clucas, Evans (Arquin - 57), Facey (Elder - 90), Barkhuizen
Unused substitutes: Stam, Colbeck
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