Miller time for United as Bees stung late on
UNITED left it late but they eventually showed signs of the team they can be as they bagged a stunning late equaliser courtesy of a Shaun Miller scissor-kick.
The hosts enjoyed the bulk of the possession but an increasingly frustrated home crowd had all but given up the ghost until the striker’s excellent finish.
And it was a much-needed point which brought an end to a worrying run of back-toback defeats which had seen Carlisle tumble down the League Two table.
Carlisle stuttered their way through a tense opening spell and they were made to pay for a moment of indecision when a haphazard attack broke down with too many blue shirts camped forward.
A high clearance from Nelson was toe poked by the predatory Jean Louis Akpa Akpro on the halfway line and his touch took the central defenders out of the game. He steamed forward to slide a goalbound shot past the advancing Shamal George and he had the presence of mind to stay cool and slot the rebound home as his shot bounced back off the post.
The Cumbrians tried to settle themselves following the setback and a prolonged spell of possession brought deliveries from Grainger and Miller as they tried to find a way through. A flick from Parkes was cleared before Hope could get a touch and Ellis was disappointed to see his nod back across the face of goal evade everybody.
Carlisle enjoyed the bulk of possession but found it hard to break the stubborn Barnet defence as the visitors protected their lead. The closest they came to causing a scare was a long-range shot from Brown which bent wide.
Barnet chose their moments to break their shape and they created a half chance for Akpa Akpro when Coulthirst found room for a cross. The big forward got up well but he couldn’t keep his header down.
The Bees started to look like a side who were enjoying their day and Akpa Akpro was a whisker away from putting a beauty of a grasscutter from Coulthirst into the waiting net SHAMAL GEORGE ......... 6 JAMES BROWN .............. 6 MARK ELLIS.................... 5 TOM PARKES.................. 6 DANNY GRAINGER ........ 6 as it fizzed past George on the six-yard line. United responded when Hope beat his man but his pass was behind Joyce and Miller.
The hosts created their first real opening of the day just minutes before half-time when Grainger’s low ball at the near post and Miller peeled off his man to get a touch. Ross knew very little about it but he did well to make a block as it came at him at his near post. Barnet were KELVIN ETUHU............... 5 Too many wayward touches LUKE JOYCE.................... 7 Yet again the only player to show real bite MIKE JONES ................... 6 Nowhere near his best, but he’s getting there REGGIE LAMBE .............. 5 Becoming far too anonymous for too long HALLAM HOPE .............. 5
SHAUN MILLER .............. 6
happy to stifle things after the break and the tactic almost paid off when they relieved the pressure with a long, deep clearance. Ellis got himself in a muddle and his hesitation gifted a Coulthirst a shooting opportunity and George had to dive to palm it away.
The home side started to look more dangerous when Adams and Bennett were introduced into the fray but the Bees contained the threat and looked the more likely on Kept going but was given very little to feed off Subs: Bonham, Liddle, Kennedy (Lambe 72), Adams (Etuhu 62), Devitt, Nabi, Bennett (Hope 57). BARNET: Ross, Clough, Santos, Nelson, CampbellRyce (Bover 52), Coulthirst (Akinde 74), Taylor (Fonguck 65), Tutonda, Vilhete, Akpa Akpro. Subs: McKenzie-Lyle, Shomotun, Mason-Clarke, Smith. the break. Akpa Akpro raced onto one such move but blazed over from a tight angle when he had two in support.
Carlisle pushed on through a frustrating closing 15-minute spell, and they got their reward when Miller held off his man on the edge of the box. The scissor-kick that followed left Ross with no chance as the ball flew over his head into the roof of the net to give the Blues their just about earned share of the spoils.