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Report: Wycombe 1-1 Barnet

16 April 2016

Barnet pegged the Chairboys back for a draw after Paul Hayes had opened the scoring at Adams Park on Saturday.

After a goalless first half, Hayes bundled home his fifth goal of the season from close range, but Andy Yiadom steered home a low cross to send the Bees away with a point.

Gareth Ainsworth made two changes to his starting eleven, opting for the relative experience of Max Kretzschmar and Garry Thompson over Jerell Sellars and Rowan Liburd, lining up in a 4-4-2 formation.

Michael Harriman fired wide as the Chairboys displayed their attacking intent from the off, and then Sido Jombati’s superb cross found Aaron Pierre inside the box but his glancing header bounced just wide as he shrugged off his marker.

Goalscoring chances dried up although Wycombe retained the bigger threat, with Anthony Stewart doing superbly to keep quiet the Bees’ top scorer, John Akinde, although he did sneak a header at goal from a corner which Ryan Allsop claimed comfortably.

There was a scare when Michael Nelson sent a bullet header from another Andy Yiadom corner but the ball was turned wide, and Bira Dembele headed harmlessly over from the subsequent delivery.

Barnet’s height advantage saw them threaten again when Nelson forced a full-length save from Allsop with a header which looked destined for the bottom corner, and then Andy Yiadom drilled wide as the Bees began to get on top.

Max Kretzschmar’s low, fizzing free-kick required Graham Stack to make his first save of the game on 43 minutes, tipping the ball around the post from a corner, and a minute later Anthony Stewart’s low drive was blocked with Wanderers finishing the half well.

There were no changes at the break and Barnet had the first chance of the second period, with Yiadom blazing over whilst well-placed inside the area.

A foul on Aaron Pierre 20 yards out gave Max Kretzschmar the chance to hit the target but his free-kick was blocked by the wall, before Allsop was called upon twice in quick succession to keep out Akinde and Yiadom’s fierce strikes.

But the breakthrough came just before the hour-mark and it was Wanderers’ captain Paul Hayes who found himself in the right place at the right time to bundle the ball home from close range. Max Kretzschmar’s dinked cross was headed onto the crossbar by Michael Harriman and Hayes forced it over the line at the second attempt under pressure from the nearest defender.

A second goal almost followed soon after when Garry Thompson found space in the box to drill a left-footed effort across the face of goal, but the ball fizzed agonisingly past the post.

But Barnet retained a threat and grabbed the equaliser on 72 minutes when Elliott Johnson escaped down the left and broke in the box to tee up Yiadom, who drilled home unchallenged from 10 yards to give Allsop no chance.

Gareth Ainsworth introduced Jerell Sellars from the bench in a bid to find a winner and the lively striker offered a new dimension, drifting infield from the left-hand channel to cause problems for the visiting defence.

He won a corner which resulted in Graham Stack making a smart save from Aaron Pierre’s header, but as the game ticked into five minutes of stoppage time, it was Barnet who had the best chance to win it when Luke Gambin released Shaun Batt in the box but he could only roll his shot into the arms of Allsop.

The point doesn’t do much to help Wanderers’ late push for a play-off spot but they’ll look to return to winning ways when Yeovil Town visit Adams Park on Tuesday.

Wycombe: Allsop, McCarthy, Jombati, Stewart, Pierre, Harriman, Bean, McGinn, Kretzschmar (Sellars 78), Hayes (Liburd 89), Thompson (Ugwu 82).

Unused subs: Siegrist, Sellers.

Barnet: Stack, Pearson, Johnson, Nelson, Dembele, Yiadom, Taylor, Togwell, Muggleton (Gambin 62), Akinde, Gash (Batt 82).

Unused subs: Stephens, N’Gala, Champion, Sesay, Randall.

Referee: Mr Gavin Ward

Attendance: 3,715 (244 from Barnet)

Winning Blue £1 50/50 Number: 11362
Prize Money: £661.00

Winning Orange £2 50/50 Number: 16952
Prize Money: £70.00

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