By Tony Alvarez
A victory alone would not be enough to keep the Hertfordshire side up they also needLincolnto not win at home toAldershot.
This is not the first time the Bee’s fans have been in this position there was another last day drama last season which have both ended in the club keeping their football League status.
The question is can Barnet now push on and give the performances that their faithful fans have been waiting for and judging by the atmosphere yesterday richly deserve.
I am sure by now most of you would have seen the events that took place an Izale Mcleod penalty a minute into the second half was enough to give Barnet a victory despite some late nerves, this would have been elementary had Aldershot not beaten Lincoln but they duly played their part by recording a 3-0 victory.
Before looking into whether the club can move forward next season and if Guiliano Grazioli can lead the club he loves so much to bigger and better things I have to mention the spirit showed by fans, players and board members alike after the final whistle on Saturday.
There was as im sure you will see on the Football League show the expected pitch invasion, what struck me was how happy the players and the board members of the club were happy to be celebrating with the players, whether it really does or not for them brief moments the club was in everyone’s hearts and not just paying their wages.
Now I must confess I do not get to see a full Barnet match very often but based on that performance I have no idea why they were in a scrap in the first place, every player performed and stood up to the occasion.
With the club striving to reach higher levels it ill be important they hold on to Mcleod he may be lazy and lack the effort some fans would like to see but you cannot knock his goal scoring record and still shows touches of class that would not be out of place in a higher division.
As well as keeping hold of Mcleod they will also hope that no other sides have been alerted by the performance of Mark Marshall after today’s display he was a constant thorn in Port Vale’s side and was man of the match by a country mile, his return of 6 goals from a winger is a poor return but if he could perform at the level he did yesterday on a regular basis the goals would soon come.
Based on today’s performance Grazioli is defiantly capable of getting his men to play at a higher level and be well clear of a relegation battle next season, however today the players fought for their future you cannot do that week in week out no team has the mental of physically ability to. If Grazioli can get his side producing performances of this ilk regularly Barnet will be fighting for a play off spot next term.
Just a quick note standing terraces need to be brought back into Football the atmosphere and together-ness that comes from standing like brothers in arms can never be recreated in a seated area.
What are your thoughts? Can Grazioli guide Barnet to new highs next season? Did they deserve survival? Was you present at Underhill to experience the atmosphere? Are you a fan of standing terraces? Leave a comment and let us know your thoughts