Barnet boss Darren Currie expressed his delight with Barnet’s late win at Eastleigh and the overall start his side have made to the National League campaign.

Shaquile Coulthirst’s late winner against The Spitfires extended their unbeaten run to four games but also ended a run of four games without a win, signalling how tight some of the Bees’ games have been so far.

The boss recognised that some of those points were dropped but was also pleased with the ones they have picked up so far.

Speaking to the club website, he said: “On reflection, I would say that we were the better side. Other than the chance they created for the goal, I thought we played well.

“In terms of an away performance, I thought it was really good but again we have another injury. I don’t know if this cloud hangs over us, but these boys are trying their socks off for eachother and we’re down to the bare bones.

“Out of the four draws, two of them were fair points and two are dropped points but our overall performance has been good.

“We knew we were heading into a tough August. Eight games in one month is a big ask. These boys have rolled their sleeves up and I think they’ve been terrific, and it was a nice way to finish month one with a last-minute winner and everyone goes home happy.”

Coulthirst was the one to pop up with the late winner for Barnet, scoring his first goal of the season in the process, and Currie was delighted for his striker after playing most of the season so far as a substitute.

He said: “He hasn’t moaned, he hasn’t had a bad word to say and he accepts where he is at the minute which is a credit to him.

“He’s still trying to work his way back into the team and get himself filly fit again but he’s still not the razor sharp Coulthirst that we know he is capable of being, but that will be a huge boost for him.

“We wanted to put him on anyway and certainly when they went down to 10 men, we wanted to get another forward on and see if we can nick the game.

“I’m over the moon that he’s finished it the way he did. It was fantastic technique from [Dan] Sparkes to put it back into a dangerous area and it was a great finish to win the game.”

With the international break coming up, Barnet’s next two scheduled games against Aldershot Town and AFC Fylde have been postponed due to call-ups, giving Currie’s side a break until they entertain Maidenhead United on Saturday, September 14.

Currie said: “We get a little break now which will hopefully give us a chance to rest one or two and get some work into others and be fresh and ready to go again in a couple of weeks against Maidenhead.

“I think the fight has been there. I work with these boys every day and I know what they’re trying to do which is why I respect them so highly.

“They can be happy with their work in the first month and we’re only going to get stronger when we get one or two back on the grass."