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  Margate 0 - 1 Barnet  

Saturday, 29 September 2001

  By Phil Snow    

...sang Chas & Dave 20 odd years ago, so it seemed like a good idea to follow in their footsteps. After a quick drink in the Dog & Duck we got to the ground too late to get a programme so I've no idea who the Margate players were!!

Anyway - the game. We took our places under cover on the terrace behind the goal. To our left there was a small wooden stand, the other end had a small terrace with buildings behind and running down the right side of the pitch another small uncovered terrace ran the entire length of the pitch.

The game kicked off and Barnet started to dominate straight away. Early on we had a corner that fell to Heald. He put it straight at the keeper. After 10 minutes Harrison had to make a save from their lively number 9. He was probably their best player and was going to cause us a lot of trouble later on.

After we had another corner with the shot just passing the post, and a goalmouth scramble after a bad punch out by their keeper, Doolan scored a fantastic goal. With about 17 minutes on the clock a ball in from Flynn on the left found Gower. He laid it off to Doolan who was outside the box. He looked up and curled it magnificently to the keepers left. At first it looked like it was going wide, bit it swerved back in. The 400 or so Barnet fans went crazy. It was a good turn out and we were justly rewarded.

Barnet’s domination continued for the next 15 minutes with various unsuccessful attacks, one of which, Midgley went down in the box after a ball in from Gower from the right.

Margate got back into the game on the half hour with a couple of attacks that came to nothing.

Five minutes on Midgley again went down in the box, but to no avail.

The last ten minutes were fairly even. Margate had a shot that went high and wide from their number 8, and 9 had a shot saved by Harrison to his right.

Barnet had a free kick after Midgley's shirt was pulled, Gower took it and the ball went over to Arber who was judged to have fouled a defender.

Just before half time Strevens went down with an ankle injury. He had to go off and was replaced by Purser. Margate’s keeper also picked up a knock, which left him unable to kick the ball.

The second half started and if I hadn't known better I would have sworn they had all swapped shirts at half time!

Margate now had the upper hand. A free kick into the box from forty yards out was collected by Harrison with a player running on.

Barnet had a rare break and from the corner Arber had a low shot that the keeper saved. The ball came out and Flynn was booked after a foul on their number 2 who had to go off. Margate also replaced their keeper.

For the next ten minutes Margate ran the game. Their number 9 fell over outside the box. The resulting free kick crossed into the box and Harrison just got a punch onto it and it fell to the floor. Luckily we got to it first and the ball was cleared. Then their number 11 (Jay Saunders) hit the bar with a dipping shot from twenty yards out.

On sixty-five minutes Brown ran the ball out, he played it in from the left but the referees assistant had flagged for offside. The ball fell to Purser who kicked it in the goal and possibly got booked for his trouble.

Another fifteen minutes pass with various Margate onslaughts on the Barnet goal. Their best chance being when Sawyers lost the ball and their number 10 ran down the right to the by-line. Unfortunately for them he played the ball back to their number 8 who shot tamely at Harrison.

Heald then went down on the half way line with what looked like a head injury. Margate played on and Flynn cleared the ball for a throw in. When play resumed Margate disappointingly kept possession but the attack came to nothing.

With about Five minutes to go Heald cleared from about two yards out and Margate continued to pressure the Barnet goal. The fourth official then signalled six added minutes. The Barnet goal was under siege and from one attack Doolan headed the ball off from twenty yards out. The corner came in from the left (Barnet's right), it fell to their number 6 who was only three yards out, but he lashed out and the ball sailed over the crossbar to safety. A huge sigh of relief could be heard from the Barnet faithful and shortly after the final whistle blew.

More jubilation erupted from the terrace and all the Barnet players came over to bask in their glory. The second half was tough going but the lads played it out and have now won four games on the trot. Can they keep it up against Yeovil on Tuesday night? Be there to find out!!

Incidentally, in the last exciting minutes Harrison was replaced by Naisbett.


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