Barnet 4 Gravesend & Northfleet 1

Last updated : 18 September 2004 By Footymad Previewer

Bandaged Liam Hatch wrapped up the points for rampaging Barnet with a first-half brace as the Bees humiliated Gravesend 4-1.

Hatch, whose arm was in plaster with a fractured wrist, helped end Gravesend's unbeaten away run stretching back nine months as Barnet maintained their unbeaten start to the season.

Barnet were by far the classier team, and the visitors came to kick their way to a result.

Barnet refused to compromise their slick passing style and this eventually forced Gravesend's defence to collapse.

In the 36th minute, star man Richard Graham drifted a corner into the danger area and Hatch rose unchallenged to head through goalkeeper Charlie Mitten's legs.

Then, on the stroke of half time, Barnet sealed it.

A mistake by Mitten in dealing with Jay Saunders' back header allowed Giuliano Grazioli to slide the ball into an empty net for his eighth goal of the season.

A minute later Graham's free-kick was again spilled by Mitten and Hatch lifted a volley over the defender on the line and into the roof of the net.

Dean Sinclair made sure of the points as he rounded Mitten and poked into an empty net with ten minutes left.

Substitute Emmanuel Omoyinmi pulled a goal back late on when he pounced on a loose ball and smashed his shot past Barnet keeper Ricky Millard.

Chris Moore was sent off for a second bookable offence to further frustrate Gravesend. It was just not their day.