Accrington Stanley could only manage a draw against Barnet at the Wham Stadium after the visitors came back from a two-goal deficit.

Goals by Billy Kee and Matt Crooks had given the home side the lead halfway through the second-half before the Bees fought back to gain a point.

Luke Gambin gave Martin Allen’s men hope before John Akinde headed home an equaliser in the final minute of normal time.

Both sides picked up three points in midweek and were looking to take that form into the weekend fixture.

In Stanley’s only change from the victory over Notts County, Tom Davies came back into the starting eleven after serving a suspension to replace Adam Buxton.

Rommy Boco scored a brace in the last home match for the Reds and the attacking midfielder came close to breaking the deadlock in the early stages.

A flicked header from Billy Kee put Boco through into acres of space behind the Barnet defense before the 29-year-old checked back his run to pass the onrushing man.

The Benin international struck a curling effort towards the right hand side of the net, but Bees’ goalkeeper Jamie Stephens was equal to the shot.

Accrington continued the dominate possession as Barnet seemed willing to soak up the pressure on their goal.

The link-up play on the right for the home side was working well and gave Brad Halliday a good chance from the edge of the area, but the fullback dragged his low drive a yard wide.

John Akinde was proving to be a difficult physical presence for the Stanley as the first-half grew.

The striker was able to lay off a chance for Tom Champion to strike from distance and a deflection took the shot into the grateful arms of Ross Etheridge.

The visitors came close again through half-time substitute Mark Randall as Akinde created space for the midfielder to let fly before the shot flew wide with the aid of a Mark Hughes deflection.

But just over ten minutes into the second-half it was Stanley who opening the scoring in form striker Kee.

An inch perfect cross from deep by Halliday put the ball perfectly on a plate for Kee to tap home from inside the six yard box and take the striker’s goal run to three successive matches.

The man with 14 goals to his name this season was close again moments later after having an effort cleared off the line from a tight angle and the goalkeeper left stranded.

Accrington doubled their lead with Matty Crooks’ cool finish from the centre of the box and into the bottom corner to give the home side some breathing space.

That two-goal lead didn’t last for long though, however, as unmarked substitute Luke Gambin found the back of the net from close range thanks to Akinde’s assist.

The Reds looked to restore the advantage and Kee’s powered shot from 25 yards out brushed past the left hand post and had Stephens scrambling after the keeper had saved superbly to deny Mingoia.

As the fourth official was about to inform the crowd of the amount of additional time to be added on, Akinde brought Barnet back level with a header from out of the clutches of Etheridge following Randall’s free kick – all this with ten men following an injury to Chris Hackett.

Still there was time for the Reds to win it but captain Seamus Conneely’s late header was over the top.

 

 

Starting line-up: Etheridge; Halliday, Davies, Hughes, Pearson; Crooks, Conneeley; Mingoia, Boco, Mingoia; Kee

Subs not used: Mooney, Wakefield, Buxton, Procter, Brown, McCartan, Carver