Hartlepool 1 Barnet 1: End to end game finishes all square

Rhys Oates celebrates his goal. Pic: Frank Reid
Rhys Oates celebrates his goal. Pic: Frank Reid

Hartlepool United were held to a 1-1 draw by Barnet in tonight’s 17th v 19th battle at Victoria Park.

Pools, wearing yellow armbands in tribute to Jacob Jenkins who died last week, took an early lead through Rhys Oates.

But Barnet were a threat all night and John Akinde levelled in the 64th minute.

Pools got off to a cracking start by taking a seventh-minute lead. Keeper Trevor Carson collected a Barnet corner before delivering a long throw to Rakish Bingham, who broke into the box and pulled the ball back to Oates who convered from close range.

Barnet should have equalised five minutes later when Andy Yiadom put his shot wide from in front of the goal.

Yiadon then went over the bar in the 28th minute as the Bees threatened again.

Pools almost made it two a minute later when Jake Carroll’s low cross was almost turned into his own net by Elliot Johnson but keeper Jamie Stephens saved well down at his near post.

Billy Paynter was inches away from doubling the Pools lead 10 minutes from the break, rolling his shot just wide of Stephens’ left stick after a neat one-two with Bingham.

Barnet had the ball in the net within two minutes of the re-start, but Akinde was flagged for offside.

The Bees striker was frustrated again in the 53rd minute, this time by a great save from Carson who beat out his eight-yard shot.

Carson pulled off another tremendous stop soon after, getting down low down to right to keep out a shot from Michael Gash.

It was end to end stuff and Gavin Hoyte rescued his team judst before the hour with a goal-line clearance from Oates after a 50-yard run by the midfielder.

But it was 1-1 in the 64th minite, Akinde finally getting his goal. Dan Jones left it for Carson and the keeper didn’t get there, but Akinde did to level matters.

Pools lost their way after the leveller and it took a great Jones block to keep out Yiadom 12 minutes from time when Barnet looked certain to score.

Pools: Carson, Hendrie, Harrison, Okuonghae, D Jones, Oates, Featherstone, Walker (Woods 72), Carroll (Banton 76), Paynter, Bingham. Unused Subs: Bartlett, Boyce, Bates, Oyenuga, Fenwick

Barnet: Stephens, Hoyte, Dembele, N’Gala, Johnson, Clarke (Gambin 63), Togwell, Champion (Weston 60), Yiadom, Gash, Akinde (Nelson 90). Subs: Muggleton, Stephens. McLean, McKenzie, Lyle

Attendance: 3124 (away 110)