Defeat at Colchester sees Barnet’s disappointing run continue

By Dominique Stafford in Football

BARNET’S disappointing sequence of results continued on Saturday as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat at Colchester United in EFL League Two.

An excellent run of form had seen the Bees briefly climb into the play-off positions, but this latest setback means that they have collected just two points from their last five matches to drop down into 12th place in the table.

First-half goals from Kurtis Guthrie and Brennan Dickenson put Colchester in control, and although John Akinde pulled one back late on, it was not enough to prevent the visitors from being beaten.

Barnet started brightly but were unable to take advantage of this and fell behind on 18 minutes as Guthrie found the net with a low shot from 25 yards out.

Visiting keeper Josh Vickers did well to thwart Craig Slater soon after, before the Bees squandered a golden opportunity to get back on level terms when Curtis Weston fired straight at keeper Sam Walker when well placed.

However, Colchester were dominant in the remainder of the first half and they were rewarded for their efforts four minutes before the interval when Slater’s header was chested down by Dickenson, who scored with the help of a deflection.

Although the Bees attempted to get back into the match in the second period, chances were at a premium as the two sides largely cancelled each other out.

But the visitors did hand themselves a lifeline with four minutes remaining as Mauro Vilhete’s cross was emphatically headed into the net by top scorer Akinde.

Barnet pushed more men forward in the closing stages in a desperate search for an equaliser, but it proved to be in vain as the hosts held on for the win.

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