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Monday, August 31, 2009

Big Match Review - Barnet 1 Notts County 0

League Two
Barnet 1-0 Notts County (Att: 2,858)
Saturday August 29, 15:00, Underhill

Big-spending Notts County were humbled by Barnet as Jake Hyde's injury time goal saw the League Two leaders slip to their second successive away defeat.

Off the back of two wins, it was the home side who started brightly, with John O'Flynn heading over Albert Jarrett's cross early on. Ian McParland's side responded though, with Lee Hughes' drive from just outside the box being tipped over by Bees keeper Jake Cole.

Just before the break, Notts thought they'd beaten Cole, when, after neat approach play, Ben Davies' cross was knocked in by Hughes at the far post. However, Davies was adjudged to be offside in the build-up and the sides went into the interval level.

O'Flynn once again wasted a good opportunity to give the Hertfordshire club the lead when a ball over the top caught out the County defence, but the forward could only drag his shot wide of Kasper Schmeichel's upright.

Down the other end, Ricky Ravenhill was denied when one-on-one with Cole, his low shot being parried away then cleared away from danger.

And Notts were punished for their profligacy in injury time. A cross from the right was headed down into the path of Hyde, who managed to spin and shoot through the legs of Schmeichel to steal the points for Barnet.

A reality check for the league favourites at Underhill, but a third win on the trot for Ian Hendon's men that sees them move above Notts in the table and into fourth.

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