Magpies Hit Bees For Six

Notts County 6-1 Barnet (National League) 08.02.22

Notts County returned to winning ways in style this past Tuesday evening, as the Magpies thumped Barnet by six goals to one.

The opening goal came inside the first seven minutes of play. A typical swift counterattack from the hosts led to Ruben Rodrigues trying his luck from range. The Portuguese midfielder’s low effort was saved by Aston Oxborough but parried into the path of Elisha Sam, who was on hand to tap the ball home to give Notts County an important early lead.

Ian Burchnall’s side doubled their advantage just four minutes beyond Sam’s opener. Cal Roberts received the ball on the wide right and surged from the wing into the centre of the edge of the box. Evading the pressure of retreating Barnet defenders, Roberts lashed a curled effort towards goal and due to some poor goalkeeping saw the effort enter the back of the net for his fifth goal in six games.

Notts County continued to dominate large spells of the half without any response from the visitors. Oxborough was called upon yet again to deny Ruben Rodrigues but was well beaten yet again by Elisha Sam, who netted his second and Notts’ third fifteen minutes before the break. Kyle Cameron threaded an inch-perfect through ball between two defenders in orange, leading to the Magpies’ number nineteen to charge down on goal and bend his strike up and around the goalkeeper effortlessly into the back of the net.

The half-time whistle neared but unfortunately the half did not conclude without a rather disappointing scene. Robert Hall came over to take a corner for his side in front of the KOP stand as he was met by a racially abusive comment by a so-called supporter amongst the crowd. Play was correctly halted due to the issue being reported and after discussions with both managers and teammates, the Bees decided to remain on the field and conduct to the rest of the game. Apologies can only be expressed on behalf of the club, who have confirmed the culprit was ejected and is now facing stronger punishments issued by the police.

That sorry sight concluded a dominant first half. When entering the field of play to begin the second half, both sides were warmly welcomed back by all supporters.

Just three minutes beyond the restart, Notts County added a fourth. A lapse in concentration across the visitor’s backline saw the ball bounce into the path of Ruben Rodrigues. Rodrigues latched onto the loose ball and lashed the ball beyond Oxborough, celebrating in almost a relieved fashion.

The one hundred travelling Bees supporters did have something to smile about shortly after as their side put the ball in the back of the net. A tidy break-away from Dean Brennan’s side

resulted in a low ball being fizzed across the Magpies penalty area and turned home by Ephron Mason-Clark.

Although the smiles had temporarily reappeared on the faces of those in the away end, they were removed shortly after as their side conceded a fifth. Another moment of pure quality from Cal Roberts led to the winger being granted the opportunity to cross low and hard into the danger area, an area in which Kyle Wootton was awaiting to smash the ball into the back of a half empty net for his sixteenth goal of the campaign.

On a night that the Magpies faced very many difficulties, Matty Palmer concluded the evening with Notts’ sixth and his first goal for the club. Tiredness was evident amongst those in orange shirts and that was made forever more evident by the time and space Palmer was given to bend a curled effort beyond the reach of Oxborough and into the back of the net. A hugely deserved goal for one of the club’s most consistent performers across the season so far.

That was all she wrote however, as the referee concluded the game with his final whistle. The game finished Notts County 6-1 Barnet.

Notts County: Jaros, Chicksen, Cameron, Brindley, Richardson, Palmer, Francis, Rodrigues (Brunt 61), Roberts, Wootton (Mitchell 76), Sam (Nemane 70).

Barnet: Oxborough, Richards-Everton, Taylor, Woods, Howe, Flanagan (Payne 80), Beard, Fonguck, Powell, Mason-Clark, Hall (Tasdemir 60).

Venue: Meadow Lane (5,657)

*Article provided by K-Ci Rennicks (Notts County Correspondent).

*Main image @Official_NCFC the County players celebrate during a memorable night.

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