Play-offs secured during emphatic win against Barnet

21 Apr

Bilel Mohsni hat-trick

BILEL Mohsni put Barnet to the sword during a first half where he was unplayable.
The winger scored a hat-trick to ruin the visitors’ chance of pulling clear of the League Two drop zone.
The Frenchman, who has seen his fair share of controversy this season, reacted quickest when Neil Harris’s free-kick rebounded off the post after just 11 minutes.
Despite Mohsni’s hat-trick, Harris was the star of the first half as he played on the left of a front three. He terrorised the Barnet right full back and his movement constantly created chances for others.
Ryan Hall’s left wing corners have been a problem for opponents all season and Mohsni had the bit between his teeth after netting the opener.
A back post delivery from Hall led to the second goal after 25 minutes and a similar cross saw Mohsni net the third off the Sam Deering after 32 minutes.
Freddy Eastwood then put a delightful pass through, but the excellent Harris blotted his copybook by failing to control.
The game fizzled out in the second half, with Blues opting to sit back on their lead. Barnet only threatened sporadically, Izale McLeod heading their best chance wide at the end of the second half.
The result means Southend will almost certainly be taking part in the end of season play-offs, with Cheltenham the likely opponents.


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