THREE AND EASY FOR SLICK BEES

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE TWO - By Mike Vim­pany

BAR­NET scored three times in five stun­ning first-half min­utes to spring a sur­prise win at the Kas­sam Sta­dium.

And it was a re­sult man­ager Martin Allen fan­cied his side might pull off af­ter high-fly­ing Ox­ford United’s heady suc­cess against Ply­mouth Ar­gyle in mid­week.

Ox­ford beat Ply­mouth 1-0 to se­cure a top three slot, but Bar­net’s first away win in the Foot­ball League since April 1, 2013 shat­tered United’s long un­beaten home record, stretch­ing back to mid-March.

“I just had the feel­ing it was the right time to play them. They were on a high af­ter win­ning that game and mov­ing into the top three on the back of it,” Allen said.

“Per­haps the ar­rival of two-bob Bar­net, as I of­ten call us, didn’t stim­u­late and rouse too many pas­sions.

“We don’t em­ploy any scouts at Bar­net, but I was lucky enough to come and watch Ox­ford play against Swin­don Town a few weeks ago and I was con­fi­dent we could get a re­sult.

“We played ex­tremely well, de­fend­ing from the back and hit­ting them with pace on the break.We put a plan and a team to­gether to come here and do a job and I think we de­served to win.”

Bar­net got their just deserts – and picked up a sev­enth point from their last three league matches – on the back of three goals in an amaz­ing fiveminute spell mid­way through the first half, from Cur­tis We­ston, John Akinde and Josh Clarke, which can­celled out Liam Ser­combe’s 14th-minute Ox­ford opener.

Ox­ford, chas­ing a sixth win in seven out­ings, stormed into the lead when Ser­combe fired a 20-yard shot past Jamie Stephens.

But Bar­net weren’t to be de­nied and tipped the game on its head with those three dra­matic strikes.

We­ston atoned for his ear­lier slip by scor­ing a 25th-minute equaliser from El­liott John­son’s as­sist.

Ox­ford skip­per Jake Wright then failed to deal with Gavin Hoyte’s cross and Akinde put Bar­net ahead.

Ninety sec­onds later they stretched their lead to 3-1 through Josh Clarke, who cut in from the right and drilled a slow shot in.

There was no let-up in the fre­netic ac­tion with Ser­combe carv­ing open the Bar­net defence to make it 3-2 five min­utes be­fore half-time.

Ox­ford twice hit the wood­work and but for some prof­li­gate fin­ish­ing by Ke­mar Roofe might have sal­vaged a draw.

Ox­ford boss Michael Ap­ple­ton said: “We had a dis­ap­point­ing five min­utes, which cost us. But we’ll learn quickly from it. It was one of them where we gave them a lit­tle bit of a life­line.

“We made some al­most com­i­cal mis­takes at the back, but we need to put things into per­spec­tive. “We’ve been con­sis­tent and solid for pretty much all of this sea­son and the last third of last term. I’m hop­ing what hap­pened was very much an iso­lated in­ci­dent.”

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