Season 2010/11: February & March
Feature by Jaybee
Updated Monday, 18th July 2011
Barnet Mad looks back on the events of last season
As February opened, the Bees were still deep in the relegation mire and for most of the month to come things were not going to improve much. A useful goalless draw away at Northampton Town made the Bees unbeaten in four away games but their home form was dreadful with just one point from the previous four matches at Underhill. The next home game was against Torquay and Paul Fairclough brought in two players on loan, both midfield players; Anthony Pulis from Southampton and Sam Deering from Oxford United. Unfortunately, Pulis received a red card early on his debut and the Bees crashed to a dreadful 3-0 defeat leaving them bottom of the table two points from safety and having played 3 games more than Macclesfield and 7 more than Burton. At this point, a great many Barnet fans were beginning to resign themselves to relegation.
The following Saturday, the Bees grabbed another way point, this time at Cheltenham thanks to a late Joe Devera goal, but the Bees desperately needed to start winning and three days later, Barnet’s unbeaten away run ended with a 2-1 defeat at Southend, despite a second half revival following a Steve Kabba goal. The defeat left Barnet still rock bottom, two points and six games adrift from Burton with Bradford City seven points better off than Barnet in 21st place. It’s interesting to note that Lincoln City were 11 points above Barnet with two games in hand at this stage.
The following Saturday, Barnet and Lincoln met at Underhill and the Bees gave, probably, their best first half performance of the season going 3-0 up by half time with two goals from Steve Kabba and one from Mark Hughes. However, the Bees conceded two gaols early on in the second half and were then awarded a penalty. However, in what was probably a major turning point in the season for Barnet, Jake Cole saved Ashley Grimes’ spot kick and an Izale McLeod goal then wrapped up the match with Barnet winning 4-2. The three points dragged Barnet out of the relegation zone but they were still in deep trouble having played 6 games more than Burton and three more than Macclesfield who were 5 points ahead of the Bees. Paul Fairclough signed Mark Byrne for a second loan spell from Nottingham Forest.
However, Barnet’s form was still erratic. An excellent 0-0 draw at promotion challengers, Rotherham United was followed up by a 1-0 home defeat by Wycombe, though the Bees were unlucky to lose. However, Barnet were back in the bottom two, now four points and five games adrift of Burton.
Four days later and the Bees recorded only their second away win of the season with two Izale McLeod goals enough for a 2-1 win at Hereford. However, two defeats followed; at home to Morecambe (1-2, Byrne scoring) andAldershot(0-1). Oxford United striker, Jack Midson arrived on loan, coming on as a substitute at Aldershot. The defeats left the Bees three points adrift from Burton having played four more games and with just 8 more games to play. Barnet’s survival chances looked slim.