Barnet 3-1 AFC Telford
Barnet’s player-coach Graham Stack has told his side to focus on themselves after extending their lead at the top of the Vanarama Conference by eight points.
The former Arsenal goalkeeper was delighted with the character shown by the team as they fought off a mini AFC Telford revival to secure a 3-1 victory on Saturday.
It had been a tough week for the Bees having lost twice in the space of four days against Wycombe in the cup and Torquay in the league.
Stack said: “The focus is on us and if we keep winning, we are going to win the league.
“You have got to be careful looking at other results – you can worry about that too much.
“If for whatever reason we don’t keep winning, then other teams are going to start catching up – it’s not rocket science.”
Stack was also quick to heap praise on hat-trick hero John Akinde as he continued his superb form for Barnet against Telford.
Stack added: “He has been absolutely outstanding for us. People will look at his goal scoring record but he is far, far more than that.
“His all-round play and the effort he puts into games is just incredible.
“It is great when your centre forwards are scoring goals; it gives everybody a lot of belief and confidence.”
Akinde gave Barnet the lead in the first minute of the match after tapping in from close range following an excellent cross from Lee Cook.
He then scored from the spot after drawing a foul from Telford goalkeeper Freddie Hall midway through the first half.
Telford pulled one back before the break as Bucks winger Sean Cooke fired a half-volley past Stack.
But Barnet were awarded a second penalty later in the match and Akinde made no mistake to score his second hat-trick of the season and secure all three points.