Date: 5th August 2007 at 9:36pm
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Barnet ended a mixed pre-season with a comfortable victory over Blue Square Premier Division side Histon. The slutes, who were last season promoted to the highest division of non-league football, faced a strong Barnet lineup as first-choice players began to rise to the surface of Paul Fairclough‘s thinking by giving them more pitch time with the final friendly before the season kicks-off at Morecambe on Saturday.

Adam Birchall and Anthony Thomas were the pairing up front, with transfer-listed Liam Hatch on the bench. Robert Beckwith was given yet another opportunity in goal for the injured skipper Lee Harrison whilst Joe Devera continued his comeback from injury. French trialist Kenny Gillet was not at the ground, having reportedly returned back to his homeland.

Barnet wore their away kit for the first time, blue and white stripes making the red numbers on the shirts difficult to read. The opening to the encounter was evenly matched, ex-Bee Patrick Ada coming close for the home side before Neal Bishop broke the deadlock after 13 minutes of play, with his left-foot strike from the edge of the area beating Osbourn.

The Bees tried some long-range strikes and Michael Leary and Birchall both went close, forcing good saves out of the goalie. A defensive mix-up at the back allowed Thomas to get through on goal but he shot straight at the keeper.

Bishop then struck the ball against the post, Birchall nipping in and stabbing the ball easily into the net for his first of pre-season.

After the break, Jason Puncheon scored a great goal, dancing his way through the Histon defence and striking his shot into the bottom corner. Rory May, who came on at half-time, had to go off because of an eye injury on the hour mark before twenty minutes from time Danny Hart hit the fourth of the game following a poor clearance. A fifth almost came in the dieing minutes with Hart’s effort cannoning off the post, so Barnet had to settle for four for the afternoon.