ICEMAN TAY­LOR MELTS HAT­TERS

The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE PREVIEW - By Nick Bull

BAR­NET man­ager Rossi Eames dubbed teenager match-win­ner Jack Tay­lor “the Iceman” af­ter the mid­fielder’s first pro­fes­sional goal in stop­page time capped an emo­tional day for his fam­ily.

Tay­lor – dis­missed late on in the Bees’ league opener at For­est Green last Satur­day – was a first-half re­place­ment for his brother Harry, who sus­tained a nasty fa­cial in­jury.

“They’re the emo­tions of foot­ball – Jack’s fam­ily will watch his goal over and over again tonight,” said Eames. “I call him the Iceman as noth­ing re­ally fazes him.

“He has that qual­ity in him. I’ve seen that for the six years that I’ve been coach­ing him. I’m very proud of him, he’s a fan­tas­tic player. That bit of qual­ity at the end was su­perb for us.”

Harry Tay­lor’s in­jury was one of three within the open­ing 36 min­utes of the match, some­thing that se­verely im­pacted on the tempo of the open­ing half. Eames con­firmed that the de­fender re­quires plas­tic surgery fol­low­ing a clash of heads.

The only chance of note saw Bar­net goal­keeper Jamie Stephens bril­liantly tip Dan Potts’ header from Alan Sheehan’s cor­ner onto the bar.

“It was an ugly game, it didn’t re­ally get go­ing,” added Eames. “It was a sticky pitch, there wasn’t enough wa­ter on it.

“But we had a plan, we wanted to frus­trate Lu­ton, and the play­ers put a shift in. I’m de­lighted.”

Ex­pe­ri­enced Bees mid­fielder Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce twice came close to open­ing the scor­ing early on in the sec­ond half.

First he blazed across goal from an acute an­gle, be­fore Town goal­keeper Marek Stech tipped his curl­ing ef­fort wide.

Hat­ters cen­tre-back Potts seem­ingly saved his side’s clean sheet as he pro­duced a spec­tac­u­lar last-ditch tackle to deny the un­marked Mauro Vil­hete from shoot­ing ten yards out. But Tay­lor had other ideas, leav­ing Stech lit­tle chance with a low curl­ing shot from 25 yards sec­onds into in­jury-time.

Stephens en­sured Bar­net claimed all three points as he pro­duced an­other great save to tip Olly Lee’s 96thminute header over the bar.

Town boss Nathan Jones chal­lenged his play­ers to find some con­sis­tency af­ter their poor per­for­mance. “We didn’t de­serve to win the game,” he said.

“Bar­net work hard, they’ve got a struc­ture to them and they de­served to win.

“In­con­sis­tency trou­bled us last year. We had that 8-2 vic­tory (over Yeovil Town last Satur­day) and then sud­denly we put in a per­for­mance like that. We’ve tried to change that (in­con­sis­tency) and I’m hop­ing it’s not go­ing to creep in this year.

“We didn’t do the ba­sics well enough. We didn’t pass it well enough to cause them a prob­lem, we didn’t win our head­ers, we didn’t win the sec­ond balls, we didn’t get a foothold of the game.” BAR­NET: (3-5-2): Stephens 8, San­tos 8, Nel­son 8, Tu­tonda 8, H Tay­lor 7 (J Tay­lor 36 7), Vil­hete 7, Camp­bell-Ryce 6, We­ston 6 (Fonguck 71 6), John­son 5 (Clough 6 7), Coulthirst 6, Akpa Akpro 7 Subs not used: Ross, Aki­nola, Bover, Amalu­zor LU­TON TOWN: (4-4-2): Stech 7, Stacey 5, Cuth­bert 6 (Rea 20 7), Sheehan 6, Potts 7, O Lee 5, McCor­mack 5, Shin­nie 4 (Cook 71 5), Mpanzu 7, Vas­sell 4 (Lee E 89 N/A), Collins 5 Subs not used: Shea, Mullins, Gam­bin, Cor­nick, Jones

PIC­TURES: Gareth Owen

BAT­TLE: Lu­ton’s Isaac Vas­sell, left, takes on Bar­net’s Ja­mal Camp­bell-Ryce GOAL: Jack Tay­lor nets the Bees’ late win­ner

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