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Barnet 3-1 AFC Telford United

John Akinde
Barnet striker John Akinde has now scored 15 goals this season

Striker John Akinde's hat-trick piled on the misery for bottom side AFC Telford as Barnet maintained their lead at the top of the Conference table.

The Bees took the lead in under a minute when Lee Cook crossed for Akinde to head the ball home past Freddy Hall.

Akinde got his second from the spot after being felled by Hall but Sean Cooke's volley put Telford back in it.

After Andy Parry brought down Charlie MacDonald, Akinde sealed his hat-trick with his second penalty of the match.

There was a lengthy delay in the second half when Telford defender Neill Byrne was stretchered off in a leg brace.

AFC Telford United manager Liam Watson told BBC Radio Shropshire:

"It's been a tough week injury wise, and unfortunately we have to ride ourselves through it. Neil Byrne looks like he has broken his ankle today and that's disappointing.

"We had to pick up the players in attacking positions, so we can only blame ourselves for conceding - but we are very much aware that Tuesday is a massive game for this club, the replay with Basingstoke is a big game and we were thinking about that.

"For me Barnet are champions elect. They have quality throughout the pitch and are a really good side.

"I was pleased with the work rate today, but we all make errors and we did start sloppy. But there are signs of improvement - if you look back to when we got battered at Halifax earlier in the season - and we have a massive desire, and a sense of character - even from the lads coming in on loan."

Line-ups

Barnet

Formation 4-4-2

  • 1Stack
  • 28Hunt
  • 6Stephens
  • 4Saville
  • 16Vilhete
  • 15Villa LopezSubstituted forMekkiat 85'minutes
  • 8Weston
  • 3Johnson
  • 11CookSubstituted forGambinat 80'minutes
  • 9Akinde
  • 31MensahSubstituted forMacDonaldat 60'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5N'Gala
  • 10MacDonald
  • 18Gambin
  • 20Nurse
  • 23Mekki

Telford

Formation 4-4-2

  • 25Hall
  • 23Higgins
  • 24ParryBooked at 82mins
  • 4ByrneSubstituted forBrownhillat 68'minutes
  • 16McDonaldBooked at 23mins
  • 12Cooke
  • 20Poku
  • 7Ledsham
  • 21ToddSubstituted forBarnettat 84'minutes
  • 18Smith
  • 9Farrell

Substitutes

  • 1Hedge
  • 3Brownhill
  • 8Barnett
  • 10Gray
  • 14Hancock
Referee:
Daniel Cook
Attendance:
1,671

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnetAway TeamTelford
Possession
Home54%
Away46%
Shots
Home16
Away6
Shots on Target
Home7
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home7
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnet 3, AFC Telford United 1.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnet 3, AFC Telford United 1.

  3. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) header from the centre of the box is saved.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Adam Mekki (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

  5. Post update

    Corner, Barnet.

  6. Post update

    Foul by David Stephens (Barnet).

  7. Post update

    Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Adam Mekki replaces Luisma.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United).

  10. Post update

    Jack Saville (Barnet) wins a free kick.

  11. Substitution

    Substitution, AFC Telford United. Charlie Barnett replaces Andy Todd.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Barnet 3, AFC Telford United 1. John Akinde (Barnet) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

  13. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Andrew Parry (AFC Telford United) after a foul in the penalty area.

  14. Post update

    Penalty Barnet. Charlie MacDonald draws a foul in the penalty area.

  15. Booking

    Andrew Parry (AFC Telford United) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  16. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Luke Gambin replaces Lee Cook.

  17. Post update

    Offside, AFC Telford United. Karl Ledsham tries a through ball, but Karl Ledsham is caught offside.

  18. Post update

    Foul by Jack Saville (Barnet).

  19. Post update

    Adam Farrell (AFC Telford United) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Charlie MacDonald (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

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