Barnet 2 Aldershot Town 1

By Shotsweb's Rob Worrall
Last updated : 17 October 2011

For the third consecutive match - Shots took the lead through Danny Hylton - led at half time - and then threw the match away in the second half, crashing to their fifth consecutive defeat in the process.

Despite the home defeat to Macclesfield seven days ago, Shots manager Dean Holdsworth showed ultimate faith in his players by naming an unchanged line-up for the away trip to third bottom Barnet.

Both teams were desperate for a win. Shots settled well early on, but the first attempt on goal came from Barnet, Mark Marshall letting fly with a screamer that Ross Worner acrobatically tipped over his bar for a corner.

On 14 minutes Shots almost took the lead, when Aaron Morris, finding himself in an advanced position, struck a low shot from 25 yards with his right foot, which got all the way through a crowded Bees penalty area and struck the foot of the post.

Shots did take the lead in the 27th minute. A long ball forward by Darren Jones was pounced on by the in-form Danny Hylton, who struck a low half volley past Obrien in the Bees goal from 15 yards! 1-0 Shots!

On 35 minutes, Guttridge exchanged a neat one-two with Vincenti, but as he peeled away, was blatantly and cynically tripped by Marshall. Free kick to Shots. What colour would the card be for Marshall? Red it was to be...but seconds later, the referee appeared to change his mind and showed yellow instead. How odd!

Shots had a couple more half chances prior to the break, but deservedly led 1-0 at half time.

Just moments after the break Shots won a free kick, centrally, just inside the Barnet half. Herd took it, Darren Jones rose unmarked, but his header lacked pace and O'Brien collected easily. Five minutes later, exactly the same thing happened - other than this time Jones' header cleared the bar.

Barnet had the ball in the net on 55 mins, Izale McLeod scuffing a shot in from close range, but the assistant referees flag had long since been up for offside. This seemed to spur the home side on though and over the next fifteen minutes, they began to dominate. Kabba's header was cleared off the line by Jones, Marshall caused havoc down the left and they found themselves, for the first time in the match, in the ascendency.

Just past the hour, Barnet got the goal that their momentum had deserved. Kabba burst into the penalty area Herd put his foot in, missed the ball - penalty Bees. McLeod took - and thumped it down the middle past Worner. 1-1

The home side should have taken the lead on 67 minutes, when McLeod brilliantly sold Worner with a dummy, before shooting left footed - into what appeard to be an empty net. But from nowhere, Anthony Straker dived in front of it and got the slightest of deflections, which lifted the shot onto the bar and out for a corner.

Still the Bees came at Shots - Holmes cross shot flew dangerously across goal. McLeod met it on the right side and his effort flew back across goal in the other direction.

On 79 minutes - Mcleod, who ironically had been different class since joined by Kabba - burst through, curled a shot - which Worner briliantly parried, but only into the path of Holmes, who gleefully turned the ball home from a fairly acute angle. 2-1 Bees.

Shots rallied briefly - Guttridge's 20 yard shot was defelcted on to the bar - but following up, Hylton could only head wide. Shots won a succession of free kicks in and around the box, but they came to nothing and Bees second half rally proved to be the difference in this high tempo game.

Judging by the reaction of the Shots players at the end of the match, something had angered them badly. It kicked big time at the full time whistle and resulted in an ongoing scuffle, that lasted a full five minutes and carried on in the tunnel. No doubt investigations will be made in to that, but they won't change the result - another disappointing defeat - from the jaws of victory - for Shots!

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