Match ends, Hartlepool United 1, Barnet 0.
Luke Armstrong's ninth goal in 13 matches helped Hartlepool keep third in the National League after a 1-0 home win over struggling Barnet.
Armstrong, signed on loan from Salford in December, had already seen former Hartlepool goalkeeper Scott Loach make a smart save before he scored.
But he maintained his prolific form when he turned in Mark Shelton's cross from close range in the 32nd minute.
Hartlepool almost quickly doubled their lead when Rhys Oates put his effort just over.
The pressure continued in the second half when Gavan Holohan's goalbound effort's caused a mix-up between Loach and the Barnet defence.
Shelton tried his luck from range for the hosts, while Luke Molyneux blasted over the bar, as did Courtney Baker-Richardson at the other end for Barnet, before Hartlepool claimed all three points.
Match report supplied by PA Media.
- 11OatesSubstituted forMolyneuxat 72'minutes
- 7McQueenBooked at 44mins
- 17Richards-EvertonBooked at 55mins
- 37TaylorBooked at 37mins
- 10PetrassoSubstituted forMason-Clarkat 76'minutes
- 21AdeloyeBooked at 21minsSubstituted forBaker-Richardsonat 67'minutes
- Lewis Smith
Second Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Barnet 0.
Substitution, Barnet. Ephron Mason-Clark replaces Michael Petrasso.
Substitution, Hartlepool United. Luke Molyneux replaces Rhys Oates.
Substitution, Barnet. Courtney Baker-Richardson replaces Tomi Adeloye.
Ben Richards-Everton (Barnet) is shown the yellow card.
Second Half begins Hartlepool United 1, Barnet 0.
First Half ends, Hartlepool United 1, Barnet 0.
Alex McQueen (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Richard Taylor (Barnet) is shown the yellow card.
Goal! Hartlepool United 1, Barnet 0. Luke Armstrong (Hartlepool United).
Tomi Adeloye (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
First Half begins.
Lineups are announced and players are warming up.
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