Barnet were 1-0 victors at home over Mick McCarthy’s Ipswich Town on Wednesday night. The League Two side won courtesy of a John Akinde penalty in the second half in a relatively quiet affair.
The first real chance fell to Luke Gambin on 15 minutes, whose effort from near 30 yards out was saved by Bartosz Białkowski and Ryan Watson could only fire his rebound handsomely over and out of the ground. Piotr Malarczyk’s header from a deep corner nearly put the visitors ahead but he could only find the side netting without troubling Graham Stack in the Barnet goal. The sides went into the break at 0-0.
The Championship side began the second half with a fully changed XI including former West Ham striker, Freddie Sears and Andre Dozzell, son of former Ipswich, Northampton and Tottenham Hotspur player – Jason. The 17 year old was a lively part of Ipswich’s play in the second half but his side conceded a penalty on 67 minutes when Akinde was hauled over by goalkeeper, Białkowski. The striker stepped up to open the scoring, much to the delight of the very patient 803 people inside the Hive.
A few Ipswich chances towards the end saw Dozzell become more involved, dropping deep to collect the ball from the defenders to dictate play – showing those in attendance that a Premier League move is on the cards for him should he maintain the level of performance he has so far in his Ipswich career.
However the game ended 1-0 and despite its quality, the Bees’ fans will be encouraged by their side’s ability to hold their own and eventually beat a Championship side.
Man of the match: Luke Gambin (Barnet)
Match rating: 2/5