The FA Cup - First Round
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Barnet 0-2 Fleetwood Town: Ched Evans goal helps see off National League side

Barnet's hopes of matching their run to the fourth round in last season's FA Cup were dashed as Ched Evans and Ashley Hunter gave Fleetwood victory at The Hive.

Striker Evans smashed the ball into the roof of the net just before the half-hour after the home defence failed to deal with Lewis Coyle's right-wing cross.

Conor McAleny should have made it two soon after but keeper Scott Loach got down smartly to save his low side-footed effort.

Barnet, currently 10th in the National League, struggled to seriously threaten the Fleetwood goal and Hunter sealed it for Joey Barton's League One side with a late second.

The mood among Barnet supporters was upbeat before kick-off following last season's Cup escapades, which included a magnificent 1-0 win at Sheffield United.

But Fleetwood have recent Cup pedigree of their own, having reached round three in the last two seasons, and had an extra edge in quality which made the difference.

As well as his goal, Evans also forced a good save from Loach with a powerful angled drive just before the break.

The keeper had to be at his best again later in the game to keep out a Paddy Madden effort from Wes Burns' cut-back, but Loach was given no chance as Evans' flick put Hunter in on goal again and he made no mistake.

Barnet goalkeeper Scott Loach:

"I'm disappointed. I had a lot of saves to make and I can't really remember their keeper being tested.

"I think we were too nice. We've got to have a bit more grit about us if we want to succeed, but credit to Fleetwood, they came and did a job."

Fleetwood striker Ched Evans:

"We've worked all week on this game. We had a lot of information passed to us about them and we knew it wouldn't be easy.

"The lads put on a good display, we were tough to break down and it was really pleasing to get the win.

"I just wandered into the box and I was pleased the ball fell to me. It was nice to see it hit the back of the net."

Line-ups

Barnet

  • 1Loach
  • 2Alexander
  • 26Sweeney
  • 4Reynolds
  • 3Johnson
  • 6DunneSubstituted forChimeat 81'minutes
  • 16Taylor
  • 20da Silva VilheteBooked at 62minsSubstituted forAkinolaat 81'minutes
  • 7Taylor
  • 23TutondaSubstituted forMason-Clarkat 57'minutes
  • 22Walker

Substitutes

  • 8Adams
  • 14Akinola
  • 17Boucaud
  • 21Elito
  • 24Azaze
  • 27Mason-Clark
  • 30Chime

Fleetwood

  • 31Crellin
  • 2Coyle
  • 5Eastham
  • 6Souttar
  • 3AndrewBooked at 66mins
  • 15Coutts
  • 16Rossiter
  • 8DempseySubstituted forHunterat 69'minutes
  • 11MorrisSubstituted forBurnsat 76'minutesBooked at 90mins
  • 9Evans
  • 10McAlenySubstituted forMaddenat 62'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Cairns
  • 7Burns
  • 12Dunne
  • 14Southam
  • 17Madden
  • 22Hunter
  • 27Biggins
Referee:
John Busby
Attendance:
1,100

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnetAway TeamFleetwood
Possession
Home49%
Away51%
Shots
Home6
Away13
Shots on Target
Home1
Away7
Corners
Home1
Away7
Fouls
Home9
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnet 0, Fleetwood Town 2.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnet 0, Fleetwood Town 2.

  3. Post update

    Offside, Fleetwood Town. William Crellin tries a through ball, but Wes Burns is caught offside.

  4. Post update

    Attempt saved. Dan Sweeney (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jack Taylor with a cross.

  5. Booking

    Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  6. Post update

    Foul by Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town).

  7. Post update

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

  8. Goal!

    Goal! Barnet 0, Fleetwood Town 2. Ashley Hunter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ched Evans.

  9. Post update

    Attempt saved. Paddy Madden (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Wes Burns.

  10. Post update

    Foul by Jordan Rossiter (Fleetwood Town).

  11. Post update

    Jack Taylor (Barnet) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  12. Post update

    Attempt missed. Jordan Rossiter (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right following a corner.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Ephron Mason-Clark.

  14. Post update

    Attempt missed. Wes Burns (Fleetwood Town) header from very close range is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Hunter with a cross following a set piece situation.

  15. Post update

    Ched Evans (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

  16. Post update

    Foul by Callum Reynolds (Barnet).

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Simeon Akinola replaces Mauro Vilhete.

  18. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Okem Chime replaces James Dunne.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Paddy Madden (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Ashley Hunter.

  20. Post update

    Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Ephron Mason-Clark.

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