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Kabamba Brace Sees Pools Beat Barnet

26 October 2019

Match Reports

Kabamba Brace Sees Pools Beat Barnet

26 October 2019

Antony Sweeney made it three wins in as many games in caretaker charge of Pools as a Nicke Kabamba first-half brace sealed victory over Barnet.

It was a good performance from Pools who soaked up early

pressure to assert their dominance on the game and were worthy winners this


While it was Barnet who started strongly, Pools took the

advantage where it counted with an opening goal on seven minutes thanks to Nicke


Great work and through ball from Luke James set the striker

running into the box and Kabambae showed a real calm head as he picked his spot

and finished past former Poolie Scott Loach to make it 1-0.

The visitors looked lively on the attack and did enjoy their

fair share of possession, with Sweeney's side happy to let them do the running

for spells, then using the counter to break forward.

Josh Walker picked up a loose ball in midfield to burst throughinto the box but his shot was deflected wide for a corner.

Pools looked a threat going forward, with James full of

running, Kabamba causing problems and Peter Kioso offering support down the


And just before the half-hour mark, Pools hit home again; a lovely

passing move involved Featherstone, Holohan and Donaldson saw the latter fouled

on the edge of the area. But with the referee playing the advantage, the ball

was picked up by Kabamba inside the area and curled a shot past Loach and into

the net to make it 2-0.

It could have been three for Pools shortly after as Fraser Kerr got forward to crack a fierce strike at goal from 30 yards but while his effort beat the keeper, he was denied by the woodwork as he shot bounced up off the crossbar.

The visitors had a half-chance late into the 45 as Mauro Vilhete

met a cross in from the left to send a header at goal but he sent his chance

just wide and Pools took the two-goal lead into the break.

It was Vilhete who had the first real chance of the second

half as he picked up the ball to the left of the box to send a volleyed effort

at goal but again, he sent it wide of target.

Kabamba broke into the box on the hour mark with only Loach

to beat for his hat-trick but as Pools fans know only-too-well, the keeper is

capable of some strong saves and he pulled one out to deny the striker and keep

it at 2-0.

Barnet were reduced to ten men on 64 minutes as Jack Taylor

picked up his second yellow card of the game – for a foul on Peter Kioso – and he

was given his marching orders.

Ben Killip made a decent save on 74 minutes as Cheye

Alexander sent a low drive through the box following a corner as the visitors

looked for a route back into the game.

Pools looked to be enjoying themselves in the second half, with

some nice passing football going forward and strong defending at the other end.

Gus Mafuta powered a low drive at goal that was blocked in

the box by Dan Sweeney, while Michael Raynes was denied a headed goal by some strong

defending from the visitors.

Gime Toure, on as a second-half sub, looked to add his name

to the scoresheet as he jinked in from the left to fire an effort towards the

far post but he was denied by Loach, with another good save.

And the Barnet stopper was in action again just after as he got down to parry a Mafuta thunder-strike which came at him through a crowded box.

It was a well-deserved and comfortable win for Sweeney's side who make it three unbeaten - with as many clean sheets - in the last three games.

Full Time: Pools 2 Barnet 0

Attendance: 3089 (65 Barnet)

Pools: Killip, Kioso, Kerr, Raynes, Kitching, Featherstone, Mafuta, Holohan (Kennedy 81), Donaldson (Hawkes 90), James (Toure 77), Kabmaba.

Subs Not Used: Cunningham, Muir.

Barnet: Loach, Alexander, Santos (Dunne 57), J Taylor, H Taylor, Boucaud (Johnson 70), Vilhete, Elito (Mason-Clark 52), Walker, Tutonda, Sweeney.
Subs Not Used: Matrevics, Akinola   .

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