Barnet go back on track with an important win at Altrincham, completing a league double over them but now in second place in the table, two points behind Bristol Rovers but with a game in hand. Rovers had won at Braintree in midweek and gained a 1-0 win at Gateshead to remain on top of the Conference table with 73 points to Barnet's 71. Grimsby who beat Braintree 1-0 were third with 65 points ahead now of Macclesfield who were on 64 points having lost 4-0 away at improving Eastleigh.
Barnet were without Andy Yiadom and played Mauro Vilhete and Sam Muggleton as full backs with Elliott Johnson in midfield with Sam Togwell missing. Up front, John Akinde and Michael Gash started together for the first time.
Barnet went ahead after just 6 minutes through that man, John AKINDE after he had been clattered down in the penalty area by Tom Marshall who was sent off for preventing a goal scoring opportunity. Akinde scored with a typical penalty for him, low in the corner sending the goalkeeper the wrong way.
Barnet increased their lead on 29 minutes when Luisma Villa swung in a low free kick from the left
and Michael GASH just got a touch on it to divert it into the net for his first Barnet goal.
Just before half time, Bondz N'Gala thundered into Reeves and Altrincham were awarded a penalty but Clee hit the spot kick high over the bar to leave the Bees 2-0 up at half time.
However, Altrincham were giving a brave performance with 10 men and three minutes into the second half they were back in the game when Damien Reeves reduced the deficit, neatly scoring after receiving a long ball into the penalty area. Barnet were looking a bit nervous at this point and it was Altrincham who were creating the chances but just past the hour, GASH scored his second goal of the game heading home following a long cross from the left by Stephens and the Bees ran out 3-1 winners.
FT: Altrincham 1 Barnet 3
Barnet: Stack; Vilhete, Stephens, N'Gala (Saville 46), Muggleton (Cook 62); Luisma (MacDonald 58), Weston, Clifford, Johnson; Akinde, Gash.
Subs not used: Gambin, Taylor