HARTLEPOOL UNITED played out an entertaining and goalless draw with Barnet.

After shipping four goals at Fylde in midweek, this time they shut out the opposition in blustery North London conditions.

While the Bees had the majority of possession in the opening stages, Scott Loach flung himself across goal to push out a goalbound Peter Sweeney header, before a low shot from Coulthirst shaved the outside of the post.

But then, from nowhere, Pools centre-half Fraser Kerr unleashed a shot from distance, some 30 yards from goal which was whistling towards the top corner before keeper Mark Cousins kept it out.

Josh Hawkes had a shot go wide and at the other end, some strong defender from Kerr put off Dave Tarpey as he sent a volley at goal.

Noble and Molyneux both had chances at the start of the second half as Pools clicked into attacking gear.

Kerr and David Edgar were solid at the back throughout, but Pools needed Myles Anderson to hook the ball off the line to keep the scores level.

BARNET (4-3-3): Cousins; Alexander, Reynolds, Sweeney, Johnson; Boucaud, Taylor, Tarpey; Fonguck, Coulthirst (Barham 83), Mason-Clark (Akinola 78).

Subs: Matrevics, Robson, Elito.

HARTLEPOOL UNITED (4-2-3-1): Loach; Kioso, Kerr, Edgar, Anderson; Noble (Featherstone 85), Donaldson; James, Hawkes (Holohan 90), Molyneux; Kabamba.

Subs: Muir, Kitching, Amos.