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Crawley Town 1-1 Barnet

Defender Joe McNerney hit a second-half equaliser as Crawley maintained their unbeaten record in League Two with a battling home draw against Barnet.

Undefeated Barnet took an early lead through former Crawley striker John Akinde, who also went close on four other occasions in the first half.

Akinde, who bagged 24 goals in 48 appearances last season, took only three minutes to make his mark.

Sam Togwell set up Akinde with a headed pass and he outpaced defender Alex Davey before smashing the ball home.

Akinde then had a goalbound shot parried by goalkeeper Yusuf Mersin, before heading inches wide from a corner by Ryan Watson.

Crawley awoke from their slumbers when midfielder Josh Payne had a 25-yard shot pushed around the post by keeper Josh Vickers.

Akinde, who scored twice against his former club in Barnet's 3-0 win at Crawley in the final game of last season, went close again when he rolled the ball inches wide from a tight angle.

Keeper Mersin parried another goal attempt from Akinde just before the break after a strong run from Alex Nicholls.

Barnet keeper Vickers saved well from Davey and captain Jimmy Smith before defender McNerney levelled midway through the second half from point-blank range, after a shot from James Collins came back off the crossbar.

McNerney was later well placed at the other end to block a goalbound shot from substitute Mauro Vilhete.

Report supplied by Press Association.

Line-ups

Crawley

  • 13Mersin
  • 2Young
  • 5Davey
  • 22McNerney
  • 14Blackman
  • 4PayneSubstituted forYorwerthat 57'minutes
  • 8Smith
  • 18CliffordSubstituted forYussufat 57'minutes
  • 7BoldewijnSubstituted forHarroldat 78'minutes
  • 19Collins
  • 10Banton

Substitutes

  • 1Beeney
  • 3Arthur
  • 6Connolly
  • 9Harrold
  • 15Yorwerth
  • 17Bawling
  • 21Yussuf

Barnet

  • 12Vickers
  • 16Taylor
  • 4Dembélé
  • 6Nelson
  • 3Johnson
  • 23NichollsSubstituted forMuggletonat 78'minutes
  • 7WatsonBooked at 53minsSubstituted forVilheteat 57'minutes
  • 14Togwell
  • 8Weston
  • 19Akpa-AkproSubstituted forBattat 78'minutes
  • 9Akinde

Substitutes

  • 1Stephens
  • 5N'Gala
  • 17Muggleton
  • 20Champion
  • 21Batt
  • 22Tomlinson
  • 32Vilhete
Referee:
Lee Probert
Attendance:
1,929

Match Stats

Home TeamCrawleyAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home11
Away18
Shots on Target
Home4
Away8
Corners
Home5
Away18
Fouls
Home8
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Crawley Town 1, Barnet 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Crawley Town 1, Barnet 1.

Foul by John Akinde (Barnet).

Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Lewis Young.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Alex Davey.

Attempt blocked. Michael Nelson (Barnet) right footed shot from very close range is blocked.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Alex Davey.

Attempt missed. Michael Nelson (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Jimmy Smith.

Foul by Joe McNerney (Crawley Town).

Shaun Batt (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Foul by Mauro Vilhete (Barnet).

Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Curtis Weston.

Attempt missed. Jason Banton (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

Attempt blocked. James Collins (Crawley Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Bira Dembélé (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Sam Muggleton replaces Alex Nicholls.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Shaun Batt replaces Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro.

Substitution

Substitution, Crawley Town. Matt Harrold replaces Enzio Boldewijn.

Alex Nicholls (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town).

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by James Collins.

Attempt blocked. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is blocked.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Joe McNerney.

Elliot Johnson (Barnet) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Foul by Lewis Young (Crawley Town).

Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Alex Davey (Crawley Town).

Attempt saved. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) header from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt missed. Jean-Louis Akpa-Akpro (Barnet) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left.

Goal!

Goal! Crawley Town 1, Barnet 1. Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) right footed shot from very close range to the bottom right corner.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Josh Vickers.

Attempt saved. Jimmy Smith (Crawley Town) right footed shot from very close range is saved in the top right corner.

Foul by Harry Taylor (Barnet).

Josh Yorwerth (Crawley Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Crawley Town. Conceded by Josh Vickers.

Attempt saved. Joe McNerney (Crawley Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the bottom right corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Morecambe43015329
2Crawley42204228
3Luton42117437
4Leyton Orient42116337
5Colchester42116517
6Doncaster42115417
7Mansfield42115507
8Barnet41305326
9Crewe41306516
10Carlisle41305416
11Plymouth420245-16
12Blackpool41214315
13Hartlepool41217705
14Portsmouth41213305
15Wycombe41213305
16Yeovil41123304
17Newport411256-14
18Accrington411257-24
19Notts County411246-24
20Stevenage411247-34
21Grimsby410367-13
22Cheltenham403134-13
23Exeter410336-33
24Cambridge402236-32
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