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Posted Fri 27 Feb 15 at 05:00 AM

Barnet: Report

FC Halifax Town secured a late 1-1 draw against league leaders Barnet, after David Stephens was sent-off.

Neil Aspin named an unchanged line-up from the side who drew 2-2 at the weekend against title chasers Bristol Rovers.

The Bees opened the scoring through captain Curtis Weston in the 67th minute but the Shaymen hit back through Lois Maynard in injury time to secure a vital point.

It was an entertaining first-half for both sides with Town and Barnet creating chances to grab the opening goal.

Weston had the first chance of the match to open the scoring for Barnet but the offside flag was up against the Bees captain as he dragged his shot wide of Matt Glennon’s post after Graham Hutchison’s pass to James Bolton was caught on the Shay turf.

Maynard then tried an adventurous shot from 25 yards out after he brought the ball down expertly on his chest and managed to turn his body to get his shot away.

Glennon once again had to be on red alert as Barnet looked to press quickly. Weston was again amongst the action as he wriggled past the Town back four but Glennon was quick off his line to block the oncoming shot.

Richard Peniket saw his chance to open the scoring go missing after an initial header by Hutchison was parried back into the path of the striker, who struggled to direct his header past Graham Stack in the Bees goal. Peniket then had a second bite at the cherry when Adam Smith played a dangerous through ball for the striker but his shot was yet again saved by Stack.

The Shaymen the continued to press, with Scott McManus this time threading a ball over the top of the Barnet defence for Peniket to latch onto, but again his shot was saved.

The Town defence managed to keep the league’s top goal scorer John Akinde quiet for large parts of the first-half and when the striker attempted to charge down on goal Hutchison was on hand to dispossess and clear the danger.

Nearing the end of the first-half the best chance of the game fell in the favour of the away side with Andy Yiadom send his shot onto Glennon’s back post after McManus was dispossessed on the edge of the box.

The second-half began in a similar fashion to the first, with both teams searching for the crucial opening goal. McManus broke out into the midfield to send a perfectly weighted pass through the Barnet back four for Jamie Jackson to chase, however the winger appeared to be tripped by Yiadom but the referee waved away the appeals from the Town players.

Akinde looked to put Glennon under pressure as he broke through Marc Roberts and Hutchison, but the Town stopper remained composed as he saved the striker’s effort.

Yiadom and Weston then linked up well in the box as they worked their way through the Town defence, the ball eventually found its way back to Sam Togwell, who sent his shot goal wards but Glennon again got down to ground quickly to make the save.

Marc Roberts rescued the Shaymen as he prevented Akinde’s run on goal with a superbly timed tackle.

It was then not long before Barnet took the lead after Weston converted from a corner with a well-executed header to continue his goal scoring form after finding the back of the net at the weekend.

Town fought to find the equaliser with second-half substitute Jack Muldoon providing a pass to Peniket on the left-hand side of the box but Yiadom managed to get back to time with a well-timed tackle to prevent the shot.

The Shaymen continued to build pressure with their chances with Muldoon proving to be energetic as the clock ran down, forcing a save from Stack after controlling the ball off his chest to get his shot away. The striker had a further chance but he fired his effort high over the crossbar.

There was late drama at the Shay as Stephens was given his marching orders by the referee after a second bookable offence when he brought down Matty Pearson who had dribbled his way through a number of Bees players.

The resulting free-kick then saw Richard Peniket’s free-kick tucked under the wall and forced onto the post but Maynard was there to slot in the rebound to score his 11th goal of the season and his second in as many games.

The Shaymen then tried to press for a winner as the clock ran down but in the end it was a vital point for the Shaymen in the chase for the play-off places.

FC Halifax Town:Glennon, McManus, M.Roberts (C), Hutchison, Bolton, Pearson, Marshall (Hattersley ’88), Jackson, Maynard, Peniket, Smith (Muldoon ’64).

Substitutes:Senior, Williams, K.Roberts, Muldoon, Hattersley.

Goals:Maynard (’90)

Yellow cards:Pearson, Hutchison

Red cards:

Barnet:Stack, Yiadom, N’Gala, Stephens, Muggleton (Cook ’58), Weston (C), Togwell, Vilhete, Johnson, Clifford (Gash ’45), Akinde (Saville ’89).

Substitutes:Cowler, Saville, Gash, Villa, Cook.

Goals:Weston (’67)

Yellow cards:Yiadom, Stephens (x2), Akinde

Red cards:Stephens

Referee:Ross Joyce

Attendance:1,127 Away fans: 133

Man of the Match:Richard Peniket

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