Danny Stevens' second-half goal helped Torquay keep up the pressure on the League Two leaders by beating Barnet.

Sam Deering put the ball well wide for the Bees, with only home keeper Robert Olejnik to beat, early on.

Olejnik then brought down Izale McLeod in the area, but the striker's penalty struck the outside of the post and bounced away.

Stevens grabbed the only goal against the run of play on 49 minutes with a well-taken chip over Dean Brill.

Torquay remain in second place, one point behind Swindon, but having played three games more.

A spirited Barnet are perilously close to relegation, sitting in 20th place and just three points ahead of Macclesfield.

Barnet now head into April without a home win in the last two months as manager Lawrie Sanchez was left to rue McLeod's penalty miss.

The Bees made a nightmare start to the second half when defender Sead Hajrovic miscued a clearance and the ball rebounded off his head into the path of Stevens, who sumptuously chipped over Brill.

Barnet's best chance to equalise came on 68 minutes when an inswinging free-kick by midfielder Mark Byrne was headed away.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (5)

Barnet

  • 01 Brill
  • 12 Mustoe
  • 16 Hajrovic (N'Diaye - 51' )
  • 17 Hector
  • 04 Hughes
  • 08 Byrne
  • 10 Deering
  • 19 Saville Booked
  • 11 Holmes (McGleish - 80' )
  • 22 May
  • 23 McLeod

Substitutes

  • 18 O'Brien
  • 15 Yiadom
  • 25 N'Diaye
  • 07 McGleish
  • 24 Taylor

Torquay

  • 01 Olejnik Booked
  • 03 Nicholson
  • 04 Ellis
  • 06 Saah
  • 18 Oastler
  • 07 Mansell
  • 10 O'Kane
  • 19 Stevens (Rowe-Turner - 85' )
  • 22 Lathrope
  • 08 Jarvis (Morris - 65' )
  • 09 Howe (Atieno - 78' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Rice
  • 02 Rowe-Turner
  • 21 MacDonald
  • 11 Morris
  • 23 Atieno
Ref: Graham
Att: 2,263

Match Stats

Shots

13 8

On target

3 1

Corners

5 1

Fouls

11 13

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:04 Full time

Full Time The match has reached full-time.

90:00 +3:36

Lathanial Rowe-Turner produces a left-footed shot from deep inside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

90:00 +2:38

Free kick awarded for a foul by Alassane N'Diaye on Taiwo Atieno. Eunan O'Kane restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +2:14

Foul by Alassane N'Diaye on Damon Lathrope, free kick awarded. Free kick taken by Eunan O'Kane.

90:00 +1:40

Free kick awarded for a foul by Sam Deering on Lathanial Rowe-Turner. Kevin Nicholson restarts play with the free kick.

90:00 +0:05

Corner taken short by Eunan O'Kane.

89:42

Lathanial Rowe-Turner has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

88:41

Effort on goal by Alassane N'Diaye from just outside the penalty area goes harmlessly over the target.

84:55 Substitution

Substitution Lathanial Rowe-Turner replaces Danny Stevens.

84:07

The referee blows for offside against Danny Stevens. Free kick taken by Michael Hector.

81:18

Eunan O'Kane challenges Mark Byrne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Byrne.

79:07

Free kick taken by Mark Byrne.

79:07 Substitution

Substitution Ricky Holmes goes off and Scott McGleish comes on.

79:07

Ian Morris gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Byrne.

78:00 Substitution

Substitution Taiwo Atieno on for Rene Howe.

71:18

Izale McLeod gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Mark Ellis. Robert Olejnik takes the indirect free kick.

69:55

Strike comes in from Kevin Nicholson from the free kick.

69:55 Booking

Booking Jack Saville booked for unsporting behaviour.

69:32

Unfair challenge on Ian Morris by Jack Saville results in a free kick.

68:08

Mark Byrne has an effort from just inside the box that misses to the left of the target.

64:43 Substitution

Substitution Ryan Jarvis goes off and Ian Morris comes on.

64:29

Shot by Ricky Holmes from outside the box goes over the net.

63:54

Free kick awarded for a foul by Brian Saah on Ben May. Jordan Mustoe takes the direct free kick.

61:49

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Alassane N'Diaye. Indirect free kick taken by Michael Hector.

59:19

Mark Hughes fouled by Eunan O'Kane, the ref awards a free kick. Jordan Mustoe takes the free kick.

56:27

Izale McLeod produces a right-footed shot from the edge of the area and misses to the left of the target.

55:25

Izale McLeod has an effort at goal from just outside the penalty box which goes wide of the left-hand post.

53:04

Rene Howe concedes a free kick for a foul on Alassane N'Diaye. Michael Hector takes the indirect free kick.

52:11

Corner taken by Mark Byrne from the left by-line, Close range headed effort by Jack Saville misses to the right of the goal.

51:56

Ryan Jarvis is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Byrne.

50:44 Substitution

Substitution (Barnet) makes a substitution, with Alassane N'Diaye coming on for Sead Hajrovic.

48:10 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Stevens - Barnet 0 - 1 Torquay Danny Stevens scores a goal from inside the area high into the middle of the goal. Barnet 0-1 Torquay.

46:55

Mark Byrne takes a shot. Robert Olejnik makes a save.

45:01

The second half kicks off.

45:00 +0:57 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

43:20

Outswinging corner taken by Mark Byrne from the right by-line.

42:43

Izale McLeod takes a shot. Clearance by Brian Saah.

41:11

Shot from inside the area by Izale McLeod clears the bar.

38:18

Unfair challenge on Ryan Jarvis by Michael Hector results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Eunan O'Kane.

34:42

Damon Lathrope has shot on goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand upright.

31:27

Free kick awarded for a foul by Jack Saville on Rene Howe. Eunan O'Kane takes the free kick.

30:39

Rene Howe gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jack Saville. Jordan Mustoe takes the indirect free kick.

30:06

Mark Byrne takes a outswinging corner.

29:42

The ball is sent over by Jordan Mustoe, Mark Ellis manages to make a clearance.

25:32

Rene Howe fouled by Mark Hughes, the ref awards a free kick. Joe Oastler restarts play with the free kick.

24:18 Penalty

Penalty missed left upright by Izale McLeod.

24:18 Booking

Booking Robert Olejnik shown a yellow card.

24:06

Foul by Robert Olejnik on Izale McLeod, Penalty awarded.

23:30

Danny Stevens takes a long range shot harmlessly clearing the crossbar.

20:38

Outswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Mark Byrne. Mark Byrne has a headed effort from close range and clears the crossbar.

16:52

Foul by Michael Hector on Rene Howe, free kick awarded. Direct strike on goal from the free kick comes in from Kevin Nicholson.

16:19

Izale McLeod concedes a free kick for a foul on Eunan O'Kane. Free kick taken by Joe Oastler.

15:18

Unfair challenge on Mark Byrne by Lee Mansell results in a free kick. Indirect free kick taken by Mark Byrne.

13:49

The assistant referee flags for offside against Ryan Jarvis. Indirect free kick taken by Jordan Mustoe. Inswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Byrne played to the near post, clearance made by Eunan O'Kane.

12:57

Ryan Jarvis concedes a free kick for a foul on Michael Hector. Indirect free kick taken by Dean Brill.

12:21

Effort from close range by Ben May goes wide left of the target.

11:57

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Jordan Mustoe by Rene Howe. Free kick taken by Jordan Mustoe.

11:33

Ben May is penalised for handball and concedes a free kick. Robert Olejnik restarts play with the free kick.

10:02

The referee penalises Ryan Jarvis for handball. Indirect free kick taken by Kevin Nicholson.

8:21

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Ben May by Brian Saah. Mark Byrne restarts play with the free kick.

5:38

Sam Deering fouled by Ryan Jarvis, the ref awards a free kick. Mark Byrne restarts play with the free kick.

5:17

Izale McLeod takes a shot. Save by Robert Olejnik.

4:38

Shot from just outside the area by Sam Deering misses to the right of the target.

3:07

Ben May concedes a free kick for a foul on Brian Saah. Robert Olejnik takes the free kick.

1:15

Danny Stevens has an effort at goal from outside the penalty box missing to the wide right of the goal.

0:00

The game gets underway.

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