Barnet 1 Doncaster 2

Last updated : 04 January 2003 By Footymad Previewer

Doncaster Rovers kept up their Nationwide Conference title hopes with a 2-1 win at Barnet.

It was the experienced Doncaster side who opened the scoring from Chris Beech's cross. It was controlled by Paul Barnes and rolled into the path of Jamie Paterson, who curled the ball with his left foot around Bees keeper Daniel Naisbitt.

Barnet's Junior Agogo had been limping since the start of the game and it was no surprise when he was substituted by Toby Oshitola in the 19th minute, as the visitors midfield were in control of the game and Paterson was creating space on the right wing.

After 18 minutes Rovers doubled their lead when Barnes flicked a header to Robert Gill, who drew goalkeeper Naisbitt from the goal and hit a left-foot shot low into the corner.

It was all Doncaster and Barnet were struggling to make an impact on the game.

They did have a few attempts. Neil Midgley hit a right-foot volley just wide and Ismail Yakubu and Wayne Purser combined to give Mark Gower an opportunity to shoot from 25 yards.

Gower again had a left-foot shot turned for a corner by defender Tim Ryan, it was the first corner of the game and 30 minutes had been played.

Just before half time Midgley tried a speculative 35-yarder that was saved by Andy Warrington and Purser and John Doolan both attempted shots at goal.

In the second half Doncaster decided to play deeper and this gave an opportunity to put pressure on the defence. Gower hit a right-foot cross which Greg Heald headed over the bar from 12 yards.

And moments later Barnet deserved their goal.

A right-foot free-kick from 35 yards by Gower was met by on-loan defender Ian Hendon, who headed into the net from seven yards.

It was all Barnet in the closing stages, with Doolan and Gower outstanding in midfield, but the visitors defence held firm to take the points.