Ref’s tough call is turn­ing point

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WY­COMBE fans will won­der whether the League Two play-off fi­nal in 2015 was all a dream – as they suf­fered a gut­ting de­feat to Bar­net and lost Myles We­ston to a red card.

It was We­ston’s cross that set up a Southend equaliser at Wem­b­ley that even­tu­ally sunk the Chair­boys.

In this game, he was a Wy­combe vil­lain again when he got a se­cond yel- low at the end. But in truth, Wy­combe were run­ning out of ideas by then.

Mauro Vil­hete and John Akinde struck se­cond half goals to lift Bar­net out of the League Two rel­e­ga­tion zone in a turgid af­fair.

Por­tuguese mid­fielder Vil­hete gave the Bees the lead after a counter-at­tack mid­way through the se­cond half be­fore Akinde’s ninth of the sea­son set­tled the points in stop­page­time.

How­ever, the hosts will point to Ade­bayo’s Ak­in­fenwa’s header in the first half that was ruled out as the turn­ing point in an aw­ful game.

Wy­combe be­gan brightly and the lively Paris CowanHall pro­duced a per­fect cross from the right for the head of Ak­in­fenwa, who pow­ered a header be­yond Bees keeper Josh Vick­ers.

How­ever, ref­eree Gra­ham Hor­wood had al­ready blown for a foul on CowanHall. The dis­al­lowed ef­fort killed Wy­combe momen- tum and the vis­i­tors who grabbed the lead on 65 min­utes.

Akinde held the ball up well and re­leased JeanLouis Akpa Akpro down the left. He stepped inside the chal­lenge of Har­ri­man and cen­tred for the un­marked Vil­hete to slip the ball un­der Ja­mal Black­man.

Chair­boys’ boss Gareth Ainsworth threw on both We­ston and Scott Kashket in re­sponse to the set­back but they couldn’t turn the game around.

We­ston, al­ready booked for an ear­lier foul, was then sent off in the last minute for a se­cond yel­low after a foul on Vil­hete.

And Akinde rounded things off when with the hosts push­ing up as he shrugged off Aaron Pierre to sprint clear and round Black­man in added time.

De­nied: Ade­bayo Ak­in­fenwa had a header ruled out by the ref­eree

Lively: Paris Cowan Hall in ac­tion against Bar­net

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