Down at the Hive

Hatches bat­tened

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Hash Piperdy

BAR­NET and Cam­bridge United, who had con­ceded 15 goals in eight games, sud­denly locked down de­fences in North Lon­don, con­spir­ing to pro­duce an en­ter­tain­ing goal­less draw at The Hive.

United shaded the early ex­changes and had a penalty ap­peal turned down af­ter four min­utes when Bira Dem­bele headed onto his arm.

Eight min­utes later, Bar­net got into the game through Curtis We­ston, who can­noned the bar af­ter Michael Gash’s header was cleared from the line.

We­ston was key to the home side, test­ing Chris Dunn with a drive that pro­duced a ful­l­length save from the stop­per.

In their sec­ond game with­out Barry Corr, Jor­dan Slew led the line for the U’s. Play­ing with his back to goal, he al­lowed his team­mates to join at­tacks, but he was also able to test Jamie Stephens with a pair of sting­ing shots as United failed to score with for the sec­ond con­sec­u­tive game.

How­ever Martin Allen re­served praise for his de­fend­ers: “All of our play­ers have to de­fend, all 11 of them. They’re all pre­pared to do it, co­he­sively and to­gether for our first clean sheet.”

Bar­net hit the wood­work for the sec­ond time af­ter Dem­bele’s header stayed out of the net. Cam­bridge at­tempted to be more ex­pan­sive in their pass­ing, but the home side en­joyed the bet­ter half.

The sec­ond-half saw lit­tle in the way of chances as both sides at­tempted to play the ball on the ground in the op­po­nent’s half. Frus­tra­tion seeped into the game as each looked one pass away from open­ing the scor­ing.

Richard Money was prag­matic: “It’s im­por­tant to come off the pitch with some­thing, as we have done to­day, so I won’t say to any­one it’s the re­sult we wanted, but we didn’t get beaten.

“We showed good re­silience in the sec­ond half when they ramped up the pres­sure. They’ll be pleased with their ef­forts and we’re pleased we came away with a clean sheet and a point.”

Luke Gam­bin had the best chance of the sec­ond-half af­ter John Akinde su­perbly rolled his marker and headed on, but the sub­sti­tute slammed the ef­fort into the away end. Gash had a header cleared from the line and drove wide from 20 yards.

Both man­agers made changes but nei­ther could un­lock the magic for­mula with the game fad­ing to grey, a draw the most de­served re­sult

Martin Allen felt his team de­served more: “We’ve dom­i­nated most of the game, had shots cleared off the line, hit the bar, but although we can al­ways im­prove, we’ve got a clean sheet against a good team, and I’m re­ally pleased to­day.”

STAR MAN BIRA DEMBE

LE Bar­net

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