11:00AM, Wednesday 26 May 2021
Photo: Darren Woolley
Barnet 2, Maidenhead United 0
In their penultimate game of the National League season, Maidenhead United were largely outplayed as they went down to a disappointing 2-0 at The Hive.
Harry Taylor, scoring his first ever goal for the Bees just before the hour mark, and Anthony Wordsworth netting a second eight minutes later was the tale of the Magpies’ evening.
Alan Devonshire made three changes from the lineup that faced FC Halifax Town at the weekend, with Jerry Wiltshire, Brad Keetch, James Comley trading places with Manny Parry, Sam Barratt, and Ryan Upward.
In front of their loyal Bee Army, Barnet looked to start brightly and showed their warning in the 17th minute when Themis Kefalas met a Wordsworth corner, but his header fell just wide of the target.
Josh Coley was able to get a shot away from a tight angle down the other end as Maidenhead looked to match their hosts, but his effort was contained comfortably by ‘keeper Adam Parkes. The Magpies continued to impose themselves well as Danilo Orsi-Dadomo let fly minutes later with Parkes equal to his strike also.
Ryheem Sheckleford was called into action in the 33rd minute to deny the Bees an opener but with few chances to be further had, the sides went into the break all square.
Any game plan Magpies boss Devonshire had conjured up at the interval was left in tatters when Simon Bassey’s Bees came out flying in the second half. The hosts took the lead in the 56th minute when academy graduate Taylor picked up the ball on the edge of the box and created the space to rifle an effort into the back of the net.
It took just eight minutes more for Barnet to double their advantage, Sam Skeffington finding Tomi Adeloye in space who held the ball up brilliantly from the Magpies’ defence and played in Wordsworth who made no mistake with a sweeping finish.
The Bees continued to pile on the pressure and only James Holden’s superb double save denied them a third goal, as Wordsworth struck a fierce effort towards goal before Ephron Mason-Clark’s attempt was parried away by the Magpies’ stopper’s legs.
The second half was largely dominated by the hosts and the full-time whistle couldn’t come quick enough for Maidenhead who squandered opportunities to pull a goal back from a series of corners in the game’s final third.
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