Barnet 0 – 1 Torquay United, Underhill, Friday 30th March 2012.
Barnet: Brill, Mustoe, Hajrovic, Hector, Saville, Hughes, Byrne, Deering, Holmes, May, Mcleod. Subs: O’Brien, Yiadom, N’Diaye, McGleish, Taylor.
Torquay: Olejnik, Oastler, Saah, Ellis, Nicholson, Lathrope, Mansell, O’Kane, Jarvis, Stevens, Howe. Subs: Rowe-Turner, Rice, Atieno, Morris, MacDonald.
Torquay United equalled their club record for the number of victories on the road in a season with a narrow, and very fortunate, victory at Barnet, on Friday night. Having been followed around by the BBC cameras and the Football League Show’s Mark Clemmit, the Gulls took to the field and left Underhill with the 3 points despite an indifferent performance. Barnet, at the wrong end of the table for the 3rd consecutive season, could have done with a win to boost confidence, after a run of a single win in 12 games. The first half was dominated by the hosts as several chances went begging, including a penalty by Izale McLeod. The leagues top scorer hit the outside of the post, after he had been brought down by Olejnik. The Austrian received a booking for his troubles. There was always a feeling that the Gulls could take the points if they reached half time goalless, and thats what they did. Infact, only 4 minutes into the second half, the home defence was breached. A neat pass by Rene Howe found Danny Stevens, who was quite fortunate that Barnet fullback Sead Hajrovic injured himself in the build up. The youngster on loan from Arsenal was duly replaced by Alassane N’Diaye. Stevens’ finish was exquisite, neatly lifting it over Dean Brill from about 12 yards.
Both sides created chances in the second half, United were in the game alot more by now, though McLeod missed another excellent chance. Having been played through one-on-one, he fluffed his effort, which was easy for Olejnik to keep out. Martin Ling brought the usual suspects on to re-energise his front line, Lathaniel Rowe-Turner, Taiwo Atieno and this time Ian Morris, who replaced Jarvis. Rowe-Turner had a good chance of making it 2-0 late on but Brill kept him out. However, infront of 2,263 fans, of which an impressive 506 had come from the English Riviera, the Gulls held on to record another big 3 points in the push for League One football next year. Unfortunately Bees fans will be nervously looking over their shoulders at the potential drop back into the Conference, the same place Torquay relegated them into over a decade ago.
The players now have a week off to prepare for a big Easter weekend, where they host Accrington Stanley on Good Friday before setting off on the road again to the Kassam Stadium, where Oxford United are their hosts. It is all set for a cracker of an end to the season!
- Underhill is a happy hunting ground for the Gulls, having only lost there once since 1999/2000.
- It’s the second time that United have completed a ‘double’ over the Bees, having only done it once in the past, that famous year of 2000/2001.
- The victory equals the clubs all time record for the number of away wins in a season, having been successful on 11 occasions this season.
- It was Barnet’s 10th home defeat of the season.
- The result gave the Gulls their 18th clean sheet of the season.
- It was also our 11th 1-0 victory of the year.