Barnet 0-0 Morecambe
THE Shrimps picked up a battling point at The Hive this afternoon.
The Shrimps had the better of the first half but were forced to defend doggedly after the break when Barnet had the strong wind behind them.
Boss Jim Bentley made five changes to the starting line up with Shaun Beeley, Alan Goodall, Paul Mullin, Kevin Ellison and Lee Molyneux all being recalled to the starting line up.
With the wind dominating the first chance of a quiet opening period didn’t arrive until the half hour mark when Paul Mullin’s right wing cross found Tom Barkhuizen, but his shot on goal was well saved by Jamie Stephens.
Minutes later Stephens against had to be at his best to stop Lee Molyneux’s low drive. - Barkhuizen slotted home the rebound, but was judged to be offside.
Barnet began the second half began brightly and Josh Clarke had the Bees' first chance of the match on 47 minutes.
Michael Gash’s cross from the left arrived at Clarke’s feet, but Barry Roach was quick off his line to close down the winger’s shot.
Gash then fired a 48th minute free kick narrowly wide of the right post.
With a quarter of an hour left to play Josh Clarke drilled in a low shot that was deflected out for a corner by Roche.
The best chance fell to John Akinde who used his strength to create an opening but he volleyed wide from a good opening when he should have done better.
After a period on the back foot the Shrimps pushed forward without causing a resolute Barnet defence too many problems.
Barnet: Stephens, Johnson, N'Gala, Nelson, Yiadom, Clarke (rep Muggleton 85), Weston, Champion, Gambin (rep McLean 79), Akinde, Gash (rep Batt 69). Subs not used: Hoyte, Togwell, Odoffin, Mckenzie-Lyle.
Morecambe: Roche, Beeley, Parrish, Edwards, McGowan (rep Wilson 42), Goodall, Fleming, Barkhuizen, Molyneux (rep Kenyon 79), Ellison, Mullin (rep Miller 79). Subs not used: Thompson, Devitt, Wildig, Doyle
Ref: F Graham