MATCH REPORT | Wealdstone 1-0 Barnet
Updated: Nov 16, 2021
Wealdstone triumphed in the big local derby as they snatched a late victory against Barnet in front of a stadium record crowd at The Vale of 2,662.
Super-sub Rhys Browne’s goal proved to be the difference between the two sides, as the forward popped up in the 77th minute to convert past former Stones goalkeeper Aston Oxborough, and edge a tight contest.
The Bees’ first effort of the match came in 15th minute when Adam Marriott latched onto the ball and drove a low strike towards the bottom corner; however George Wickens reacted with a solid save.
Wealdstone’s best chance of the half came in the 23rd minute when debutant Jamie Mascoll’s free kick from the edge of the box was deflected towards goal, but Oxborough produced an outstanding save to preserve the score line.
Two minutes later, Barnet were agonisingly close to breaking the deadlock themselves when Marriott played through forward Ephron Mason-Clark, who dinked the ball past Wickens, only to be denied by the post.
The remainder of the first half proved to be a scrappy affair, with neither side able to establish a rhythm or generate any notable efforts on goal.
Barnet provided more attacking endeavour in the second half, yet lacked the composure or clinical edge when in and around the box.
The Stones seized the initiative through a swift counter attack in the 77th minute as a long ball was played to top goal scorer Josh Umerah, who dummied the ball for Browne to roll past Oxborough and tap into an empty net, and notch his first goal for the club.
On the 90th minute mark, the Bees looked like they had rescued a point at the death as substitute Wes Fonguck bundled the ball home, however referee Scott Simpson ruled out the goal for a handball.
The visitors continued to rally for an equaliser during the four minutes of added time, with the lively Mason-Clark rifling a shot from 30 yards, but Wickens produced a fine save to ensure that Wealdstone sealed all three points and leapfrogged Barnet to 16th in the National League table.
WEALDSTONE: Wickens, McAvoy, Cook (c), Mundle-Smith, Tavares, Charles, Buse (Dyer 58), Cooper, Mascoll (Okimo 81), Jackson (Browne 58), Umerah.
Subs not used: Dronfield, Bird.
Attendance: 2,662 (672 away fans)
Report by Nicole Cho-Yee