Bees al­most get a taste of own medicine

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA TROPHY SECOND ROUND - By David Bloom­field

BAR­NET showed re­spect to the com­pe­ti­tion and their op­po­nents by nam­ing an un­changed start­ing line-up fol­low­ing on from their FA Cup gi­antkilling an­tics at Sh­effield United last week­end.

A late header by Craig Rob­son de­cided the tie in Bar­net’s favour but with Dorch­ester lev­el­ling in the 81st minute a re­play in Dorset looked on the cards.

“I was re­lieved in the end, we had a lit­tle scare when Dorch­ester equalised near the end, but we found a way to win,” said Bees’ care­taker boss Dar­ren Cur­rie.

“We dom­i­nated the ball and we had chances that could have made it eas­ier for our­selves.

“We re­mained calm, we didn’t get frus­trated even when they equalised.”

Bar­net took the game to their op­po­nents from the off, pep­per­ing Kings­ley Latham’s goal, with a shot from Charlee Adams hit­ting an up­right on six minute.

Dorch­ester re­treated be­hind the ball at ev­ery op­por­tu­nity and were prov­ing the be re­silient and res­o­lute op­po­nents and with the tie goal-less de­servedly went into the break on level terms.

But, on 50 min­utes, the Mag­pies de­fence was even­tu­ally breached when Shaq Coulthirst ad­vanced down the left, be­fore cut­ting in­side with his low right footed shot curl­ing into the far cor­ner.

Fail­ure to put the game to bed looked to prove costly when In a rare foray for­ward the Mag­pies lev­elled on 72 min­utes. A cross from the right by sub­sti­tute Tom Blair was headed back across the goal where Ben Sey­mour was on hand to con­vert.

Hopes of a re­play were soon to be dashed when within ten min­utes an ex­cel­lent de­liv­ery from the left by full-back El­liott John­son was pow­er­fully met by Rob­son, un­marked in the six-yard box, head­ing the ball down and over the line.

Dorch­ester boss Steve Thomp­son ad­mit­ted: “The first 25 min­utes for us was very tough, but we de­fended well and when we equalised you start think­ing that you might just be able to get a re­play.

“We gave it a great go and I’m not dis­ap­pointed with the lads in any­way.”

STAR MAN: Shaq Coulthirst (Bar­net) EN­TER­TAIN­MENT: ★★★★★

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