Barnet 3 Margate 1

Last updated : 24 January 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Barnet recorded their first home victory in the Conference for five games with an impressive win against Margate.

Not for the first time this season sharp shooting Giuliano Grazioli was a star performer notching up goals number 24 and 25 of the season.

Barnet's leading marksman announced his intentions early on by finding room inside the opposition box but surprisingly from Ben Strevens' long pass the finish was struck poorly at keeper Phil Smith.

Margate then went on to match their hosts for a long period of play and should have gone in front after 17 minutes but Chay Stadhart slashed high over the bar from close range.

Throughout Bees captain Ian Hendon led from the font in between his defensive duties and fired a volley into the side netting shortly before his team's opening goal.

His pass from deep picked out Grazioli and ghosting unmarked into the box, the forward's sweet shot across goal left the keeper no chance.

The home side thought they had doubled their advantage just three minutes later but Liam Hatch's glancing header was ruled out for offside.

Increasingly Barnet continued to press for the second and it duly arrived five minutes before the interval.

Simon King provided the impetus advancing in on goal before striking a powerful shot which Smith managed only to parry.

Joe Gamble was first on the scene and his precise cross found Grazioli who headed home.

With Margate deflated the Bees boss took the early part of the second period and efforts from Ismail Yakabu, Simon Clist, Grazioli and Hatch threatened to secure the points.

However, with the Barnet defence napping the visitors put themselves back in the game from a rare attack on 55 minutes. Margate's speedy striker Emmanuel Omoyinmi scored the goal stroking under the advancing keeper following John Keister's through ball.

But any ambitions of getting back into the game were immediately thwarted as Barnet restored the two-goal buffer. Hendon hammered home from the penalty spot after defender Graham's Porter's clumsy challenge brought down Hatch in the area.

Grazioli almost scored a hat-trick with a spectacular overhead kick before Gamble twice worked the keeper but the three goals proved more than enough for the relegation threatened visitors.