Match ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Barnet 0.
Shay McCartan scored the only goal as Accrington eased their League Two relegation worries with victory over Barnet.
Goalmouth action was limited in the early stages with the first real chance not coming until the 29th minute when Stanley defender Matty Pearson hit the crossbar following Sean McConville's corner.
Barnet had to resort to some desperate defending to stop Stanley, with Michael Nelson blocking a goal-bound strike from McConville on the stroke of half-time.
The Bees' first shot on target did not come until first-half stoppage time but Mauro Vilhete's effort was easy for Stanley's on-loan goalkeeper Marek Rodak.
The home side started the second half with purpose and forward McCartan fired narrowly over from 30 yards while, at the other end, winger Jamal Campbell-Ryce saw a chip comfortably saved by Rodak.
McCartan then provided the game's decisive moment, firing a 20-yard free-kick into the top corner in the 54th minute after Billy Kee had been fouled on the edge of the area
The Bees' 22-goal top-scorer John Akinde should have levelled six minutes from time but his unmarked header from 10 yards was blocked on the line.
There was still time for Stanley substitute Jordan Clark to hit the woodwork.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 15ClareBooked at 43minsSubstituted forClarkat 62'minutes
- 4DembéléBooked at 67mins
- 11BoverBooked at 22mins
- 20ChampionSubstituted forWatsonat 72'minutes
- 13Campbell-RyceSubstituted forKyeiat 66'minutes
- 14AkinolaSubstituted forAmaluzorat 62'minutes
- 9AkindeBooked at 33mins
- Mark Haywood
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Accrington Stanley 1, Barnet 0.
Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Marek Rodak.
Seamus Conneely (Accrington Stanley) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Bira Dembélé (Barnet).
Attempt blocked. Ruben Bover (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Jordan Clark (Accrington Stanley) hits the left post with a right footed shot from the right side of the box.
Foul by Scott Brown (Accrington Stanley).
John Akinde (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Bira Dembélé (Barnet) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Mark Hughes.
Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is blocked.
Attempt saved. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.
Foul by Shay McCartan (Accrington Stanley).
Michael Nelson (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Billy Kee (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.
Attempt missed. Harvey Rodgers (Accrington Stanley) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.
Corner, Accrington Stanley. Conceded by Ryan Watson.
Attempt saved. Ryan Watson (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner.
Substitution, Barnet. Ryan Watson replaces Tom Champion.