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Reckless - Potters Bar March 2014.
Oh Yes, thank you to"Al" without whom.......that is all
4,478 The final game of the 2010-11 season was a nail-biter!
final game of the 2010-11 season at home to Port Vale was a must win
scenario with Chairmen, Managers, Directors, Supporters and Players
alike on tenterhooks relying on another clubs misfortune and
Stockport County already down it was simply Lincoln City or Barnet
for the second relegation place into the Blue Square Premier. The
Bees had lost badly at Accrington Stanley the previous Saturday to
drop into the bottom two and were two points adrift yet with a far
superior goal difference but were taking some heart that Lincoln had
picked up just 2 points from a possible 30 and were on an appalling
run of form. The Imps' final game was at Sincil Bank against
Aldershot Town who frankly had literally nothing to play for except
Mark Marshall and Jude Sterling
games were nail-biting 0-0's at half time but Barnet had squandered
four good chances from Izale McLeod, Mark Byrne, Daniel Leach
and Mark Marshall. Yet within barely a minute of the restart a break
came the Bees way as Port Vale's Gary Owen upended McLeod in the box.
The prevailing hush became euphoria as the striker picked himself up
to thrash in goal number 14 for the season. Nervous patrons began to
shift their attention between the live game in front of them and
their mobile phones praying for good tidings from Sincil bank . A
wonderful buzz followed by a roar then swept around Underhill as news
arrived that Aldershot had been awarded a penalty and had gone one up
courtesy of Danny Hylton. Incredibly Luke Guttridge then grabbed a
second for the Shots and a sensationally a third four minutes from
time! It was a surreal experience hearing those updates surrounded by
your comrades on reflection – emotional and dumbfounding.
on the pitch Barnet, while trying desperately to increase their lead
as an equaliser from Vale would have been terminal and made the
Aldershot victory irrelevant, looked over in shock towards the Fourth
Official as an agonising six minutes of injury time was to be added.
Knots in the stomachs increased and I admit to feeling physically
sick at this point. At last the final whistle went, so begin the
charge! Barnet legend Giuliano Grazioli, the man who had became the
club's fourth manager of the season just five games earlier when
Martin Allen unexpectedly quit after only 19 days in charge was
buried by hordes of admirers. The club has survived literally by the
skin of their teeth.
got to thank Aldershot," said Graz cheekily "but I knew the
lads would put a performance in.".
Grazioli and admirers
happens at full time please can everyone stay off the pitch,"
was the repeated message from the Tannoy Box during the game but how
is it possible to deny the fans that moment of pure joy to dance on
the pitch with players, stewards and even police officers and
celebrate that your club is safe – at least for another year!
Sam Walker- Clovis Kamdjo, Joe Devera, Daniel Leach, Jordan Parkes –
Mark Marshall, Sam Deering, Mark Hughes, Mark Byrne – Jack Midson,
Liam O'Brien, Glen Southam, Ricky Homes, Sam Cox, Charlie Taylor,
Jude Stirling and Tommy Fraser