Barnet 2 Hartlepool United 1

Last updated : 07 April 2007 By Footymad Previewer
The last team to beat Hartlepool prior to this match was Barnet all the way back on November 4th.

Since then Hartlepool have embarked on a 24-match unbeaten run that came to an end today, courtesy of a fantastic goal from Barnet midfielder Jason Puncheon.

He took the ball past two defenders and unleashed a powerful left-foot drive from 20 yards that left the keeper with no chance, securing all three points for the home side.

That provoked Puncheon to celebrate in front of Pool boss Danny Wilson, clearly having a point to prove given that Wilson released him back in the days when they were at Milton Keynes together.

It prompted Barnet boss Paul Fairclough having to apologise to Wilson over the incident and saying that Puncheon would be doing the same.

Barnet had much the better of the first-half and took the lead in the fourth minute.

Liam Hatch found Puncheon on the left and his cross was met by Hatch at the far post into the path of Adam Birchall who poked the goal from a yard out.

Hartlepool thought they should have had a penalty in the 33rd minute when James Brown went down under a challenge from Paul Warhurst, but nothing was given.

But it looked like Hartlepool would maintain their amazing run when Eifion Williams held off three defenders to toe-poke home, helped by a minor deflection.

But on 81 minutes, Puncheon scored the fantastic winner to have the final say for Barnet.