Martin Allen's Gillingham side stayed top of League Two with a win at bottom club Barnet on his return to Underhill.

Allen, who left the Bees in May, saw his side go ahead through Jack Payne's spectacular drive before Danny Kedwell nodded home to double their advantage.

Jack Saville managed to pull one back for the hosts when he headed home a corner from Mark Byrne.

But Deon Burton restored the visitors' two-goal advantage with a close-range header to complete the scoring.

Gillingham did have chances to increase their lead in the second half, but both Allen and Charlie Lee could not direct their headers on target.

Victory for the Gills means that they have continued their 100% away record so far this season.

The Bees, meanwhile, remain without a league win this campaign and are rooted to the foot of the table.

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Barnet manager Mark Robson told BBC London 94.9:

"I seem to be saying the same things, which is a bit disappointing. We conceded three goals today and all three were avoidable.

"Someone didn't track their runner, a man didn't mark his man in the box, and we didn't deal with a set-piece.

"We started the game well again and we looked like we were OK up until the goal. Then we conceded through our own fault and then you're 2-0 down.

"We were passing it around well, we created more opportunities but we have come out losing 3-1. It has got to change."

Gillingham manager Martin Allen told BBC Radio Kent:

"It was always going to be a tough game. It was a banana skin waiting to happen.

"Going 2-0 up so early didn't help us because complacency set in. Barnet have got match winners and I knew they were going to be a threat.

"We stood firm and the supporters gave good backing. There were over 1,000 supporters singing their hearts out and it's good to be a part of a good decent honest group of professional footballers."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Barnet

  • 29 Stack
  • 02 Fuller Booked
  • 03 Brown
  • 04 Kamdjo
  • 06 Saville (Hyde - 50' )
  • 30 Stephens
  • 08 Byrne (Oster - 46' )
  • 15 Yiadom (Lowe - 90' )
  • 20 Weston
  • 10 Nurse
  • 11 Holmes

Substitutes

  • 18 Cowler
  • 07 Lee
  • 14 Abdulla
  • 16 Warren
  • 25 Lowe
  • 31 Oster
  • 19 Hyde

Gillingham

  • 01 Nelson
  • 02 Fish (Flanagan - 84' )
  • 03 Martin
  • 15 Davies Booked
  • 26 Barrett
  • 04 Payne Booked
  • 07 Whelpdale (Weston - 68' )
  • 08 Lee
  • 14 Allen
  • 09 Kedwell
  • 20 Burton (Strevens - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 21 Forecast
  • 06 Flanagan
  • 12 Frampton
  • 16 Montrose
  • 18 Dack
  • 24 Weston
  • 10 Strevens
Ref: Scott
Att: 2,835

Match Stats

Shots

8 11

On target

4 5

Corners

7 1

Fouls

9 14

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:23 Full time

Full Time The referee blows his whistle to end the game.

90:00 +3:23

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ricky Holmes.

90:00 +1:38

Shot by Jonathan Nurse from outside the box goes over the net.

90:00 +1:06

Shot from outside the area by Charlie Allen misses to the left of the goal.

89:24 Substitution

Substitution (Barnet) makes a substitution, with Jamal Lowe coming on for Andrew Yiadom.

89:24

Handball decision goes against Barry Fuller. Free kick taken by Ben Strevens.

87:10

Centre by Myles Weston, Clovis Kamdjo manages to make a clearance.

86:35

Foul by Jake Hyde on Joe Martin, free kick awarded. Ben Strevens takes the indirect free kick.

85:04

Corner taken by Ricky Holmes from the right by-line, clearance by Adam Barrett.

84:00

Clearance by Danny Kedwell.

84:00 Substitution

Substitution Tom Flanagan comes on in place of Matt Fish.

84:00

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Ricky Holmes from the right by-line,

82:28

Outswinging corner taken from the left by-line by Ricky Holmes, clearance by Stuart Nelson.

82:04

Corner taken right-footed by Ricky Holmes from the left by-line to the near post, clearance by Charlie Lee.

81:46

Ricky Holmes takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

79:21

Jake Hyde challenges Callum Davies unfairly and gives away a free kick. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

78:01

The assistant referee signals for offside against Charlie Allen. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.

75:58

Charlie Allen takes a outswinging corner from the right by-line played to the near post, Header on goal by Charlie Lee from inside the box goes harmlessly over the target.

74:40 Booking

Booking Barry Fuller booked.

74:33

Free kick awarded for a foul by Barry Fuller on Jack Payne. Joe Martin restarts play with the free kick.

72:42

Effort from deep inside the area by Curtis Weston misses to the left of the goal.

71:17 Substitution

Substitution Deon Burton leaves the field to be replaced by Ben Strevens.

71:17

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clovis Kamdjo by Deon Burton. Direct free kick taken by John Oster.

67:05 Substitution

Substitution Myles Weston is brought on as a substitute for Chris Whelpdale.

64:21

Danny Kedwell is caught offside. Jordan Brown restarts play with the free kick.

62:35

Foul by Matt Fish on John Oster, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by John Oster.

57:20

The referee penalises Clovis Kamdjo for handball. Deon Burton shoots direct from the free kick.

56:12

Effort from deep inside the area by Charlie Allen misses to the left of the target.

53:19 Booking

Booking Jack Payne booked for unsporting behaviour.

53:07

Unfair challenge on Ricky Holmes by Jack Payne results in a free kick. Direct free kick taken by John Oster.

52:44

Ricky Holmes takes a shot. Jack Payne gets a block in.

49:31 Substitution

Substitution Jake Hyde comes on in place of Jack Saville.

48:45

A cross is delivered by Barry Fuller, blocked by Jack Payne.

46:51

Jonathan Nurse takes a shot. Save made by Stuart Nelson.

45:41

The ball is sent over by Ricky Holmes, clearance by Callum Davies.

45:41 Substitution

Substitution John Oster on for Mark Byrne.

45:41

Unfair challenge on Curtis Weston by Matt Fish results in a free kick.

45:01

The referee gets the second half underway.

45:00 +3:24 Half time

Half Time The match has reached half-time.

45:00 +2:30

Danny Kedwell fouled by Jack Saville, the ref awards a free kick. Charlie Allen crosses the ball from the free kick right-footed from right wing.

44:32

David Stephens fouled by Danny Kedwell, the ref awards a free kick. Free kick taken by Graham Stack.

43:04

Deon Burton takes a shot. Save by Stuart Nelson.

42:03

Foul by Deon Burton on Andrew Yiadom, free kick awarded. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick. Jordan Brown challenges Charlie Lee unfairly and gives away a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

40:40

Danny Kedwell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.

39:34

Unfair challenge on Callum Davies by Curtis Weston results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Stuart Nelson.

38:30 Goal scored

Goal! - Deon Burton - Barnet 1 - 3 Gillingham Deon Burton finds the net with a headed goal from deep inside the penalty area. Barnet 1-3 Gillingham.

35:21

Foul by Joe Martin on Andrew Yiadom, free kick awarded. Free kick crossed by Mark Byrne, blocked by Chris Whelpdale. Corner from the right by-line taken by Mark Byrne, Header from deep inside the penalty area by Clovis Kamdjo goes harmlessly over the crossbar.

33:42

Barry Fuller sends in a cross, Adam Barrett makes a clearance.

32:49

Unfair challenge on Joe Martin by Curtis Weston results in a free kick. Joe Martin takes the direct free kick.

31:35

Jonathan Nurse has an effort at goal from deep inside the area missing to the right of the goal.

30:08

Charlie Allen has an effort at goal from just outside the box which goes wide of the right-hand post.

26:55

Unfair challenge on Chris Whelpdale by Clovis Kamdjo results in a free kick. Strike on goal comes in from Deon Burton from the free kick.

25:48

The official flags Jonathan Nurse offside. Stuart Nelson restarts play with the free kick.

25:06 Booking

Booking Callum Davies goes into the referee's book for unsporting behaviour.

24:30

Foul by Callum Davies on Ricky Holmes, free kick awarded. Direct free kick taken by Mark Byrne.

23:35

Charlie Allen challenges Mark Byrne unfairly and gives away a free kick. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick.

22:27

Assist on the goal came from Mark Byrne.

22:27 Goal scored

Goal! - Jack Saville - Barnet 1 - 2 Gillingham Jack Saville finds the net with a headed goal from inside the six-yard box. Barnet 1-2 Gillingham.

22:00

Outswinging corner taken right-footed by Mark Byrne from the right by-line,

21:07

The ball is sent over by Ricky Holmes, clearance made by Joe Martin.

18:50

Unfair challenge on Barry Fuller by Joe Martin results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Mark Byrne.

16:25

Chris Whelpdale concedes a free kick for a foul on Barry Fuller. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick.

15:04

Jack Payne gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Ricky Holmes. Free kick crossed right-footed by Mark Byrne, Joe Martin makes a clearance.

12:45

Danny Kedwell is flagged offside by the assistant referee. Graham Stack restarts play with the free kick.

10:57

Charlie Allen provided the assist for the goal.

10:57 Goal scored

Goal! - Danny Kedwell - Barnet 0 - 2 Gillingham Danny Kedwell finds the back of the net with a headed goal from close in. Barnet 0-2 Gillingham.

9:53 Goal scored

Goal! - Jack Payne - Barnet 0 - 1 Gillingham Jack Payne finds the net with a goal from long range to the bottom left corner of the goal. Barnet 0-1 Gillingham.

8:10

Mark Byrne crosses the ball, Matt Fish gets a block in.

7:13

Free kick awarded for a foul by Mark Byrne on Charlie Lee. Jack Payne restarts play with the free kick.

4:39

Chris Whelpdale takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save.

2:17

Unfair challenge on Clovis Kamdjo by Charlie Lee results in a free kick. Barry Fuller crosses the ball in from the free kick, clearance made by Matt Fish.

0:54

Foul by Matt Fish on Ricky Holmes, free kick awarded. Indirect free kick taken by Graham Stack.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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