Barnet 1-10 Arsenal
By Jamie Mcleod
July 18 2004
Jose Antonio Reyes and Francis Jeffers both grabbed hat-tricks whilst Barnet new boy Richard Graham scored the Bees only goal in front of a packed Underhill stadium.
Barnet 1-10 Arsenal
Graham 12 Reyes 19, 21, 42
van Persie 29
Bergkamp 44, 67
Jeffers 53, 55, 64
Venue: Underhill Stadium
Referee: P. Taylor
Barnet: Shane Gore, Ian Hendon, Chris Plummer, Ishmail Yakabu, Simon King, Simon Clist, Ben Sedgemore, Belmondo Khumba, Nick Bailey, Richard Graham, Ben Strevens, Lee Roache
Subs:Ricky Millard, Danny Maddix, Guy Lopez, Liam Hatch, Guliano Grazioli, Jeremy Aves
Arsenal: Mauel Alumnia, Lauren, Daniel Karbassiyoon, Phillipe Sendeross, Pascal Cygan, Ray Parlour, Cesc Fabregas, Jermain Pennant, Dennis Bergkamp, Jose Antonio Reyes, Robin van Persie
Subs: Stuart Taylor, Frankie Simek, Justin Hoyte, John Spicer, Olafur Ingi Skulason, Sebastian Svard, Sebastian Larsson, francis Jeffers, Quincy Owusu-Abeyie
After an encouraging opening the Bees took the lead in the 12th minute when Ian Hendonís right-wing cross found its way to new boy Richard Graham at the far post, who slotted home with a smoothly struck finish. However the jubilation of the few Barnet fans that attended the game was shortlived as it was now the Armchair Arsenal fans that would take over. Arsenal pressured and it was 5-1 to the gunners going into the break after goals from Jose Reyes, Robin Van Persie and Dennis Bergkamp.
It was more claps than cheers in the second half however, with Arsenal making six changes at the break. The most recognisable being Francis Jeffers who went on to score a hat-trick (maybe the Conference is the right level for his ability). With Jeffers' hat-trick, bergkamp grabbed another whilst Owusu-Abeyie scored a tap in to lead Arsenal into double figures. Despite the scoreline it was the East Terrace making the most noise and City worker Jeremy Aves recieved the loudest cheer of the day, after paying £4,000 to play the last five minutes for the Bees gaining a few touches.
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