Match ends, Hartlepool United 0, Barnet 2.
Hartlepool dropped into the League Two relegation places as they slumped to a flat home defeat by Barnet.
Newport's win over Accrington sees the Exiles leapfrog Pools, putting them two points in front with two games remaining.
Victory for Barnet, under caretaker boss Rossi Eames, was only their second win in 13 games.
But they controlled the match throughout against a side lacking in confidence, belief and ability.
John Akinde was denied an opener after 12 minutes when his angled header was tipped over for a corner.
From the set-piece Michael Nelson, the Barnet skipper, fired a shot against a post, while Jack Taylor's goal-bound shot was deflected wide.
Nathan Thomas got Pools' first shot on target after 64 minutes, failing to test goalkeeper Josh Vickers.
And the Bees went ahead in the 66th minute when Akinde turned and powerfully fired an angled drive past goalkeeper Joe Fryer.
Simeon Akinola made it two five minutes later, the Bees racing away down the left side and Jamal Campbell-Ryce setting up the substitute.
Akinde also missed a penalty, Fryer saving his weak spot kick with nine minutes remaining.
Match report supplied by the Press Association.
- 4FeatherstoneSubstituted forBlackfordat 69'minutes
- 15AlessandraSubstituted forAmondat 59'minutes
- 28TaylorSubstituted forFonguckat 89'minutes
- 11BoverSubstituted forChampionat 65'minutes
- 25ShomotunSubstituted forAkinolaat 65'minutes
- 5Almeida Santos
- Trevor Kettle
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 0, Barnet 2.
Attempt blocked. Padraig Amond (Hartlepool United) header from the left side of the six yard box is blocked.
Foul by Elliot Johnson (Barnet).
Carl Magnay (Hartlepool United) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Attempt missed. Jamal Campbell-Ryce (Barnet) right footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Substitution, Barnet. Wesley Fonguck replaces Jack Taylor.
Charlie Clough (Barnet) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Brad Walker (Hartlepool United).
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Harry Taylor.
Attempt missed. Rhys Oates (Hartlepool United) header from the right side of the box is close, but misses to the right.
Attempt blocked. Jack Blackford (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Attempt blocked. Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.
Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Matthew Bates.
Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked.
Penalty saved! John Akinde (Barnet) fails to capitalise on this great opportunity, right footed shot saved in the bottom left corner.
Penalty Barnet. John Akinde draws a foul in the penalty area.
Penalty conceded by Joe Fryer (Hartlepool United) after a foul in the penalty area.
Corner, Hartlepool United. Conceded by Michael Nelson.
Foul by Tom Champion (Barnet).