JAKE Hyde’s fourth goal in four games helped Barnet preserve their unbeaten record in the Skrill Premier as the Bees drew with Nuneaton in a rain-soaked affair at The Hive.

Hyde got Barnet off to the perfect start slotting home from close-range after 14 minutes but his strike was cancelled out by Andy Brown for the visitors.

Barnet fielded an unchanged line-up from the side that won 2-1 against Gateshead last weekend.

The Bees started the game brightly dominating the early exchanges with Keanu-Marsh Brown forcing an early save from Nuneaton goalkeeper Dimitar Evtimov inside the first ten minutes.

Marsh-Brown then had a penalty shout turned down by referee Wayne Barrat when Nuneaton skipper Gareth Dean appeared to bring the winger down in the area.

But Barnet broke the deadlock moments later with Luke Gambin bursting down the left before fizzing a low cross into the box for an easy tap-in for Hyde.

Barnet went close to extending their lead shortly after the opener when Curtis Weston flashed a shot wide from 30 yards, before Marsh-Brown forced Evtimov into an acrobatic save from similar range.

But Nuneaton equalised just before the stroke of half-time completely against the run of play with their first effort of the game.

Daniel Sleath nutmegged Barnet right-back Andy Yiadom before drilling a ball into the box which was met by Andy Brown who converted his effort past the hapless Graham Stack.

The away side played with greater freedom in the second half though chances were at a premium for both sides as the weather deteriorated.

Yiadom was fouled after advancing down the right flank just after the interval and Gambin’s whipped ball into the box from the resulting free-kick required Evtimov’s intervention.

Barnet seemed to be restricted to chances from range with Marsh-Brown and Mark Byrne both having long-range efforts that failed to trouble Evtimov.

Substitute Marciano Mengerink almost won it late on for the Bees but his shot from inside the area hit the side-netting after taking a deflection ensuring both sides shared the spoils.
 
Barnet: Stack, Yiadom, Stephens, Acheampong, Johnson, Casabella (Crawford), Weston, Byrne, Gambin (Mengerink), Marsh-Brown, Hyde. 

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