Half-time: Bristol Rovers 0 Barnet 0
Bristol Rovers are on course to climb out of the League Two relegation zone - despite being held by Barnet at the Memorial Stadium this evening.
John Ward's side only need to avoid defeat to go above Plymouth and have rarely looked in danger of conceding throughout an opening period during which Edgar Davids' side have played the prettier football whilst lacking any sort of cutting edge.
Rovers have enjoyed the majority of the chances to score; the first coming as early as the fifth minute off the boot of Fabian Broghammer, who replaced Eliot Richards in the starting line-up, only for Barnet goalkeeper Graham Stack to collect the effort with ease.
Striker and recent arrival from Stoke City, Ryan Brunt, who was again asked to lead the line on his own, supplied the pin-point cross to create that opportunity before going close with a sliced shot of his own soon after.
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Broghammer was then given another sight of goal when Joe Anyinsah's effort from the edge of the area was scuffed kindly into his direction – but the young wideman's attempts to capitalise on that stroke of luck were denied via a deflection that took the ball wide of the post.
Midfielder Joe-Joe O'Toole then aimed a volley from the edge of the penalty area straight into the arms of Stack just before Ricky Holmes' speculative 23rd minute effort from distance – Barnet's first of the game – failed to trouble Rovers goalkeeper Steve Mildenhall.
Brunt was denied the final meaningful opportunity to open the scoring before half-time when his shot from inside the penalty area was blocked by defender Andy Iro after Lee Brown had carved open the Barnet back four with a tenacious break down the left.
Rovers (4-3-3): Mildenhall; Smith, Parkes, McChrystal, Brown; Clucas, O'Toole, Norburn; Anyinsah, Brunt, Broghammer. Subs: Gough, Woodards, Clarkson, Richards, Harrison, Hitchcock, McDonald.
Barnet: Stack; Yiadom, Johnson, Stephens, Iro, Byrne, Holmes (Crawford, 33) Oster, Davids, Nurse, Sekajja. Subs: Cowler, Fuller, Brown, Kamdjo, Lee, Allen.