Pools lost out 3-1 to Barnet in front of the BT Sport cameras at The Super 6 Stadium this evening.
Matthew Bates's side had taken a deserved early lead through Peter Kioso but two quick-fire goals from Manny Duku for the visitors turned the game on its head and Pools could find no reply. Barnet then added a third goal late in added time to make it 3-1.
It was Pools who had started the game brightest and they lively opening paid off with a goal after just ten minutes.
A good cross in from Kenton Richardson saw visiting keeper Mark Cousins drift off his line, allowing Paddy McLaughlin to get a shot in which found its way to Peter Kioso at the far post and he made no mistake as he put the ball into the net to make it 1-0.
Pools were close to a second shortly after when a Liam Noble freekick was headed goalwards by Barnet man Jack Taylor, causing Cousins to scramble towards the far post but in the end he watched it go just inches wide.
Richardson was next to have a strike at goal as Pools looked to capitalise on the opener, but his low drive scraped wide of the post.
After a shaky reaction to going behind, Barnet began to see more of the ball and Taylor fired a warning shot on 21 minutes which hit the side netting.
Just three minutes later though and a great cross in from Dan Sweeney on the right picked out Manny Duku rising highest in the box and he powered a header past Scott Loach to even up the scores.
And then just one minute later, Barnet were 2-1 up; Pools were caught out straight from the re-start as goalscorer Kioso took too long on the ball, allowing Duku to steal possession and the visiting striker ran into the box where he sent a neat finish into the net to give his side the lead.
It was a quite a turnaround for Pools who had looked comfortable at 1-0 up but now faced a battle to get back into the game.
Another freekick from Noble gave Pools the best chance of equalising before the break but, while his kick picked out Kioso, the defender’s header bounced down and into the arms of Cousins.
Barnet finished the first half strongest, pressuring deep into added time with a number of set pieces and it was the visitors who pressed from the off after the break.
Scott Loach had to be alert in the opening minutes to push away a Jack Taylor effort, which threatened to go in straight from a corner, while Charlie Adams fired one just over the bar from the edge of the box.
Byron Harrison broke through on goal to pull Scott Loach off his line but saw his chipped effort go wide of the far post.
Good work from Kenton Richardson down the right saw the full back get forward and whip a decent cross into the box, which was met by Luke James at the far post but his header was blocked out by the defender.
With 15 minutes left on the clock, Pools upped their pressure on the visitors’ goal for a spell, with Luke James sending one effort wide and watching another deflect the same way.
Josh Walker broke through at the other end to try his luck on goal but he sent his final effort high over the bar.
A Liam Noble chip into the box was just inches away from the head of sub Marcus Dinanga as Pools looked for a late leveller, while Noble himself saw a shot from close range deflected wide.
With the game deep into the five minutes of added time, Barnet took advantage of a slip by Anderson and Walker broke through into the box to finish things off at 3-1.
Despite a change in formation, with Pools throwing three up front for much of the second half, the breakthrough didn't come and it was Barnet, who were solid at the back all afternooon, who took the three points.
Full Time: Pools 1 Barnet 3
Attendance: 3545 (47 Barnet)
Booked: Featherstone, Anderson.
Pools: Loach, Richardson, Kioso, Anderson, Kitching, Donaldson, Featherstone, Noble, McLaughlin (Dinanga 78), James, O’Neill (Muir 64).
Subs Not Used: Butler, Hawkes, Newton.
Barnet: Cousins, Alexander, Johnson, Reynolds, Robson, Adams, Taylor, Fonguck, Sweeney, Duku (Harrison 45), Bettamer (Walker 69).
Subs Not Used: Sparkes, Matrevics, Elito.