Bees almost get a taste of own medicine
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: ★★★★★