Barnet welcomed Wycombe Wanderers for their first ever Football League game at the Hive. Ironically, the Chairboys had also been the last visitors at Underhill two years ago. Martin Allen had made just one change from the side that won 2-1 away at Millwall in the League cup, with Bondz N’Gala replacing Michael Nelson.
The first half was pretty evenly matched with both sides having good chances to score. John Akinde had an excellent opportunity when put through on goal but a poor second touch allowed the Wycombe keeper, Matt Ingram to clear.
Wycombe had a good chance soon after when Michael Harriman was well placed to score but blazed over. Akinde came close again following a typically strong and resilient run took him into the penalty area but he was unable to find the net as his shot went wide of the far post. Luke Gambin had caused the Wycombe defense problems throughout the first half, but as at Orient, Barnet failed to take their chances when they were dominant.
HT: Bees 0 Chairboys 0
Wycombe went ahead on 53 minutes when former Morecambe striker, Garry Thompson scored from 20 yards with a terrific drive into the far corner of the left, leaving Graham Stack with no chance.
Martin Allen brought on Ben Tomlinson, Michael Gash and Shaun Batt in order to add more firepower in the hope of grabbing an equalizer and, in fairness, the Bees did have their chances, Michael Gash unlucky not to score with a fine overhead kick that was cleared off the line and the Bees should have scored from a huge scramble in the six yard box following a corner, having a few bites at the cherry, but Wycombe, somehow, managed to clear.
Wycombe settled the game in time added on when they were awarded a rather soft penalty when Thompson was alleged to have been fouled in the area by Andy Yiadom and he duly put the spot kick away for a 2-0 win for the visitors.
FT: Bees 0 Wycombe 2
Barnet: Stack; Hoyte (Tomlinson 58), Dembele, N’Gala, Johnson; Yiadom, Weston (Gash 58), Champion, Togwell, Gambin (Batt 69); Akinde.
Subs not used: Nelson, Vilhete, Muggleton, Stephens.