December 26, 2012
Hyde in seventh heaven
Jake Hyde's seventh goal of the season continued League Two leaders Gillingham's mini-slump while boosting Barnet's survival hopes.
Hyde's first-half strike sealed back-to-back wins to move the struggling Bees out of the relegation zone and left Gillingham with just one win in their last five league encounters.
After player-manager Edgar Davids and Ricky Holmes had threatened early on, Hyde fired the visitors into a deserved lead in the 19th minute with a 20-yard effort.
John Oster came close to doubling their advantage 10 minutes before half-time with a teasing free-kick and only a last ditch tackle from Joe Martin stopped Andy Yiadom from tapping home Davids' centre shortly after the restart.
Defender Matt Fish had Gillingham's only clear cut opportunity in the opening hour of the match and manager Martin Allen made a triple substitution to try and spark a reaction from his side.
Within minutes of coming on, Gills forward Adam Birchall forced Graham Stack into action with a low drive.
Stack then produced two spectacular saves late on to deny Chris Whelpdale and Deon Burton as Barnet held on.
|Jake Hyde (19')|
|1 Stuart Nelson||29 Graham Stack|
|26 Adam Barrett||30 David Stephenson|
|3 Joseph Martin||2 Barry Fuller|
|30 Roman Vincelot||35 Andy Iro|
|2 Matt Fish||26 Elliot Johnson|
|15 Callum Davies||31 John Oster|
|24 Myles Weston||38 Edgar Davids|
|16 Lewis Montrose||8 Mark Byrne|
|8 Charlie Lee||15 Andy Yiadom|
|14 Charlie Allen||11 Ricky Holmes|
|20 Deon Burton||19 Jake Hyde|
|21 Tommy Forecast||Sam Cowler 18|
|12 Andy Frampton||Jonathan Fortune 5|
|7 Chris Whelpdale||Jordan Brown 3|
|4 Jack Payne||Curtis Weston 20|
|10 Ben Strevens||Oliver Lee 7|
|17 Adam Birchall||Jon Nurse 10|
|9 Danny Kedwell||Taiwo Atieno 39|
|Adam Birchall for Roman Vincelot (59)||Curtis Weston for Ricky Holmes (84)|
|Jack Payne for Lewis Montrose (59)|
|Chris Whelpdale for Charlie Lee (59)|
|Chris Whelpdale (78)||Curtis Weston (89)|
|Graham Stack (90)|
|· Squads: Gillingham | Barnet|