BARNET endured another disappointing afternoon on Sunday as they crashed to a 1-0 defeat at ten-man Notts County in EFL League Two..
The Bees appeared to have been handed a perfect opportunity to pick up their first win since Kevin Nugent was appointed as head coach last month when the hosts had Mark Yeates sent off after just 11 minutes.
But the visitors were unable to take advantage of their extra man and were made to pay as Matt Tootle scored the only goal of the game early in the second half to give Notts County a victory which saw them pull further clear of the relegation zone.
Although Barnet began the match positively, neither side had looked like scoring before Yeates saw red for what was deemed to be a dangerous challenge on Ricardo Almeida Santos.
The hosts responded well to going down to ten men and Marc Bola fired just wide, while Shola Ameobi was just unable to get on the end of Rob Milsom’s free-kick.
The Bees thought they had won a penalty when John Akinde went down in the box, but the striker was instead booked for simulation, and the visitors had to wait until the 39th minute to have their first shot on target when Jamal Campbell-Ryce curled an effort straight at home keeper Adam Collin.
Notts County began the second half in positive fashion and Bola had already gone close from distance before they took the lead on 49 minutes, Tootle latching on to a loose ball in the box and drilling a shot beyond keeper Benjamin Buchel.
Haydn Hollis had a shot smothered and Jorge Grant fired over as the hosts looked to add to their lead, but Barnet attempted to pile on the pressure as time progressed and Ruben Bover wasted a golden opportunity to equalise when he blazed over from eight yards out.
This proved to be a rare clear-cut chance for the visitors as their slide down the table continued – with this latest defeat leaving them ten points adrift of the play-off places.
Barnet host Cheltenham Town on Saturday (3pm).