Pools Pick Up Point Against Barnet
Ronnie Moore's side shared the points with Barnet on an entertaining evening at Victoria Park.
Pools got off to a good start, with Rhys Oates opening the scoring with his first goal for the Club after just seven minutes.
The move was started by Trevor Carson who picked out Rakish Bingham deep into the final third with a long throw and Bingham took his lead, sending in a great cross from the right which found its way to Oates who made no mistake as he prodded past Jamie Stephens.
Andy Yiadom had the first shot at the other end on 12 minutes but the Barnet man sent his effort wide when a goal looked more likely.
Barnet continued to press and did not let the early goal disrupt their stride and the visitors looked a threat going forward, particularly when Josh Clarke on the right was in possession.
Yiadom had another attempt on goal later in the half, this time from distance but his strike went over the bar.
Pools were looking much more composed at the back again this evening, lead again by Magnus Okuonghae who was a real presence in the air.
And there was a threat going forward for Pools too; Bingham was a threat with his pace, while a confidence Oates made his presence felt.
Pools were almost 2-0 up on 30 minutes when Bingham fed Jake Carroll in down the left, allowing Carroll to cut in and shoot on goal. His strike hit the feet of the arriving Sam Togwell but the ball crashed off the post and went wide.
And Billy Paynter had another chance to double the lead just before the break as he latched onto a through ball from Featherstone, exchanged a one-two with Bingham before running in to shoot at goal. But with the goal in his sights, the skipper sent his strike just wide of the post.
Barnet had the ball in the net within minutes of the second half kicking off but on that occasion, Pools were spared by the Assistant Referee’s raised flag.
Trevor Carson pulled off a couple of decent saves to protect Pools’ lead as the visitors upped the ante after the break. The Pools keeper first blocked well from a John Akinde close-range strike and then, after a real scramble at the back, he pulled off a great save on the line to deny Michael Gash.
The best save of the game through came from Barnet defender Gavin Hoyte; with Rhys Oates through on goal after skipping his way past a number of challenges and leaving Jamie Stephens stranded, the striker had an empty net in front of him. But Hoyte somehow got back on the line and blocked the shot with his chest – a great effort from the defender.
Bingham was next to threaten goal, after outfoxing Dembele, the pacy striker pushed on into the box only to see his strike well saved by Stephens.
Just after the hour mark though and Barnet got the equaliser; a ball over the top caught everyone out except John Akinde who ran through to lift it into the net.
From then on in, both teams saw their fair share of the ball and it could really have been either side to snatch the win.
There were nervy moments for Pools as the visitors pushed for a winner of their own, but Trevor Carson and his back line held firm for the remainder of the game.
At the other end, Pools went closest in added time with a succession of corners but there was no breakthrough and the game finished 1-1, a fair reflection of the action.
Final Score: Pools 1 Barnet 1
Booked: Walker (31), Featherstone (40), Hendrie (83)
Attendance: 3124 (110 Barnet)
Pools: Carson, Hendrie, Harrison, Okuonghae, Jones, Oates, Featherstone, Walker (Woods 72), Carroll (Banton 76), Bingham, Paynter.
Subs Not Used: Bartlett, Bates, Duckworth, Oyenuga, Fenwick.
Barnet: Stephens, Hoyte, Johnson, Dembele, N’Gala, Yiadom, Akinde (Nelson 90), Togwell, Champion (Weston 60), Gash, Clarke (Gambin 63).
Subs Not Used: Muggleton, Stevens, McLean, McKenzie-Lyle.