Barnet 1-2 Luton Town
A heroic performance from 10-man Barnet could not prevent them from slipping to a 2-1 defeat to local rivals Luton Town - their first league loss in six matches.
First-half strikes from Paul Benson and Alex Lawless came before Jon Nurse saw red and Jake Hyde snatched a consolation as Luton won in front of 1,700 travelling fans.
Barnet made one change from the victory at Hyde with Kieron Cadogan coming in for the suspended Keanu Marsh-Brown.
Luisma Villa tested Mark Tyler early on forcing the Luton goalkeeper to palm the Spaniard’s 25-yard shot away but Luton struck first on 18 minutes.
Andre Gray burst into the box before squaring for Benson to sweep home from close-range to put the visitors in front.
On the half-hour mark Hyde’s blocked shot saw Luton launch a swift counter attack. Lawless picked up the ball on halfway before sprinting down the left cutting back onto his right and curling past Graham Stack from the edge of the area to double Luton’s advantage.
Less than a minute later Benson should have made it three but Jack Saville diverted the ball out for a corner. Saville rescued Barnet again heading off the line from the subsequent cross as Barnet battled to stay in the game.
An ill-timed tackle from Nurse on Jonathan Smith saw a bizarre sequence of events where the Barnet man was sent off after referee Robert Whitton initially produced a yellow card. Smith was carried off with his leg in a brace with a seemingly horrific injury.
Luke Guttridge should have put Luton three-up early in the second half but was denied by some heroic scrambling from Graham Stack who denied him twice from close-range.
On 68 minutes Barnet pulled a goal back when Andy Yiadom surged down the right and whipped the ball into Hyde who powered his header into the bottom left corner.
Substitute Dani Lopez twice shot wide from range as Barnet dominated despite being a man down. Lopez almost equalised with time running out but his header from a corner was straight at Tyler.
Barnet threw everything they had at Luton in the game’s closing stages but could not muster the equaliser their second-half performance arguably deserved.
Barnet FC: Stack, Yiadom (Acheampong), Johnson, Weston, Saville, Byrne, Hyde, Cadogan (Vilhete), Villa (Lopez), Nurse, Stephens.