Barnet 1 Nuneaton Town 0
Saturday 4th April, 2015
Match report courtesy of Nuneaton Telegraph;
Nuneaton Town put in a battling display at Conference leaders Barnet but it would prove to be in vain as they left empty handed to inflict another blow on their dwindling survival hopes.
Boro matched their high-flying hosts for much of the game, but the division’s leading scorer, John Akinde, scored the only goal of the game 20 minutes from time to give Barnet victory.
Nuneaton remain six points adrift of safety ahead of Easter Monday's home clash with Braintree Town, but with only four games remaining time is starting to run out for Boro.
Liam Daish brought Andy Brown back into the starting line up as one of three changes, with keeper Max Crocombe returning from international duty while Lucas Dawson also came in.
Clear cut chances were at a premium for both sides early on, Jaanai Gordon heading over the bar for Boro, while Lucas Dawson saw a low shot from 25 yards easily saved.
Josh Rees went close from a free kick before the hosts started to assert some pressure as the first half wore on, Mauro Vilhete shooting straight at Crocombe.
Charlie MacDonald should have fired Barnet ahead shortly before half time, but struck the inside of the post, before Andy Brown shot narrowly wide as Boro went into the break deservedly level.
The hosts frustrations continued after the interval as Andy Yiadom headed over from a corner, while at the other end Dawson’s effort hit the roof of the stand.
Barnet introduced former Boro loanee Michael Gash, but after Akinde had beaten Crocombe to a high ball, Gash misjudged his angles and hooked his overhead effort wide.
Nuneaton were growing in confidence, but on 70 minutes their hopes were dashed as Akinde struck the decisive blow, the big striker was allowed enough space to take down a cross on his chest and hit a powerful volley to record his 30th league goal of the season.
Andy Brown almost got in behind as Boro pushed for an equaliser, only to be tackled before getting a shot away and it would prove as close as they came, with Barnet holding on in relative comfort.
Barnet: Stack, Yiadom, N’Gala, Stephens, Johnson, Vilhete (Gambin 62), Western, Togwell, Villa, Akinde (Saville 90), MacDonald (Gash 57)
Nuneaton: Crocombe, Wheeler (Ogleby 87), Dean, Street, Franklin, Dawson, Rees, Armson (Walker 67), Anton Brown, Gordon (Sodje 57), Andy Brown.