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Stevenage 1-0 Barnet

Stevenage won their eighth home game in a row and strengthened their League Two play-off position in the process after edging to victory against Barnet.

Tom Pett's solitary strike was enough for the win, despite both sides missing a host of chances, as Darren Sarll's men moved five points clear of eighth-placed Blackpool.

David Tutonda's snapshot gave Barnet an early chance, but Stevenage gained the lead soon after when Pett, stretchered off last time out against Cambridge, hit a first time shot that bounced in after a cruel deflection deceived Jamie Stephens.

Weston tested Chris Day with a rasping 30-yard strike, and the Bees could count themselves unlucky not to draw level when John Akinde missed a rare one-on-one after a superb flighted ball from Ruben Bover.

In the second half, Matt Godden lashed a half volley just wide, then curled inches over moments later as Stevenage looked to put the game to bed.

Akinde wasted another great chance when played in after Tutonda won possession high up the pitch, while at the other end of the pitch Boro top scorer Godden found the back of the net late on, only to be denied by the linesman's flag.

Match report supplied by the Press Association.

Line-ups

Stevenage

  • 16Day
  • 5Franks
  • 4King
  • 6Wilkinson
  • 20Ogilvie
  • 11PettSubstituted forGormanat 90+2'minutes
  • 8Schumacher
  • 22Lee
  • 26HindsSubstituted forNtlheat 72'minutes
  • 14KennedySubstituted forMcQuoidat 34'minutes
  • 24Godden

Substitutes

  • 10McQuoid
  • 12Preston
  • 17Gorman
  • 18Tonge
  • 19Wells
  • 33Ntlhe
  • 35Loft

Barnet

  • 1Stephens
  • 41Clough
  • 6Nelson
  • 4Dembélé
  • 40Tutonda
  • 13Campbell-Ryce
  • 20ChampionSubstituted forVilheteat 61'minutes
  • 11BoverSubstituted forShomotunat 83'minutes
  • 14AkinolaSubstituted forAmaluzorat 83'minutes
  • 8Weston
  • 9AkindeBooked at 68mins

Substitutes

  • 3Johnson
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 16Taylor
  • 25Shomotun
  • 30Amaluzor
  • 31McKenzie-Lyle
  • 37Vilhete
Referee:
Mark Heywood
Attendance:
3,657

Match Stats

Home TeamStevenageAway TeamBarnet
Possession
Home56%
Away44%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home2
Away4
Corners
Home3
Away3
Fouls
Home7
Away13

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 1, Barnet 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Stevenage 1, Barnet 0.

Attempt missed. Bira Dembélé (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top right corner.

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Kgosi Ntlhe.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Dale Gorman replaces Tom Pett.

Charlie Lee (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Mauro Vilhete (Barnet).

Attempt blocked. Curtis Weston (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Justin Amaluzor replaces Simeon Akinola.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Fumnaya Shomotun replaces Ruben Bover.

Foul by Steven Schumacher (Stevenage).

Ruben Bover (Barnet) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Josh McQuoid (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by David Tutonda (Barnet).

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Connor Ogilvie.

Substitution

Substitution, Stevenage. Kgosi Ntlhe replaces Kaylen Hinds.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Bira Dembélé.

Attempt blocked. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

Booking

John Akinde (Barnet) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

Delay in match Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) because of an injury.

Attempt missed. Luke Wilkinson (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Bira Dembélé.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Mauro Vilhete replaces Tom Champion.

Connor Ogilvie (Stevenage) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Foul by Simeon Akinola (Barnet).

Attempt missed. Steven Schumacher (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

Attempt blocked. Steven Schumacher (Stevenage) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ruben Bover (Barnet).

Kaylen Hinds (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Tom Champion (Barnet).

Corner, Barnet. Conceded by Luke Wilkinson.

Attempt saved. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Tom Pett (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ruben Bover (Barnet).

Attempt missed. Simeon Akinola (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the left.

Attempt missed. Matt Godden (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Jamie Stephens.

Attempt saved. Charlie Lee (Stevenage) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

goal

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Doncaster40249780463481
2Plymouth402361159411875
3Portsmouth402181163352871
4Stevenage402051565521365
5Luton401615957372063
6Exeter401881465481762
7Carlisle401614105858062
8Blackpool4015151061412060
9Mansfield401513124945458
10Wycombe401610144947258
11Cambridge40169155045557
12Colchester40169155654257
13Accrington401413135149255
14Grimsby401410164753-652
15Barnet401215135054-451
16Notts County40147194666-2049
17Crewe401212164656-1048
18Crawley40139184761-1448
19Yeovil401016144253-1146
20Morecambe40137204764-1746
21Cheltenham401012184256-1442
22Hartlepool401011194967-1841
23Newport40812204464-2036
24Leyton Orient4095264172-3132
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