Barnet start the new season today at Chester FC’s ground, The Deva and Martin Allen hands debuts to Sam Togwell, Lee Cook, John Akinde and Charlie MacDonald, while Bondz N’Gala makes his first Barnet appearance since his loan period at the club last year.
Barnet took the lead after just four minutes when as the Chester defence backed off, Andy YIADOM scored with a diagonal shot from 12 yards into the far corner of the net. Chester then had an effort cleared off the line by Elliott Johnson and Charlie MacDonald had the chance to increase Barnet’s lead when on a one to one but failed to find the net.
On 14 minutes , Chester’s Danny Harrison was sent off for a two footed challenge on Sam Togwell and five minutes later, Barnet went two up, taking advantage of the extra man, with debutant, Lee COOK getting the goal after chesting the ball down and firing home.
On the half hour, John Akinde was fouled in the penalty area by Worsnop and Charlie MACDONALD became the second Bees’ player n the match to score on his debut when he fired home from the penalty spot.
In time added on in the first half, Bondz N’Gala was booked for a foul and then Barnet conceded a penalty when Mauro Vilhete was adjudged to have handled the ball in the area, possibly a bit harshly as it arose from a free kick blasted at the wall. Vilhete was then booked. However, John Rooney’s penalty was saved by Graham Stack, diving down to his right.
HT: Chester 0 Barnet 3
Seven minutes into the second half, Barnet went further away when Lee COOK scored his second half of the game with a curling shot into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
On 57 minutes. Keanu MARSH-BROWN, on as substitute for Vilhete, made it 5-0 to Barnet with a right footed shot into the bottom left hand corner of the net.
So a brilliant start for the Bees who now face relegated Bristol Rovers at the Hive on Tuesday.
FT: Chester 0 Barnet 5
Barnet: Stack; Yiadom, N’Gala (Saville 53), Stephens, Johnson; Vilhete (Marsh-Brown 53), Weston, Togwell, Cook (Luisma Villa 58); Akinde, MacDonald.
Subs not used: Muggleton, Nurse.