Barnet were relegated from League Two after slipping to a devastating defeat at a clinical Northampton Town.

Keanu Marsh-Brown blew a huge chance to put Barnet ahead before half-time when he beat the offside trap and shot straight at Lee Nicholls with Luke Gambin better placed to score.

And the Bees were made to pay when Northampton's Roy O'Donovan's 15-yard right-footed shot found the net.

Victory was sealed minutes later when Luke Guttridge scored from close range.

Defeat for Edgar Davids's side, coupled with victory for AFC Wimbledon at Fleetwood, meant they drop down to the Football Conference after eight seasons in League Two.

VIEWS FROM THE DRESSING ROOM

Northampton Town manager Aidy Boothroyd tells BBC Radio Northampton:

"I wanted to make sure that, in the big games, we have everybody fit.

"The first half wasn't particularly good but the second half we were very, very strong.

"When Adebayo Akinfenwa came on, it changed the game. We could have had a couple more goals.

"It's been a massive team effort to get where we are and I'm very careful not to do 'well done' speeches, because our season has just begun."

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (5)

Northampton Town

  • 21 Nicholls
  • 06 Collins
  • 12 Tozer
  • 15 Cameron
  • 30 Carlisle
  • 04 Guttridge Booked (Dias - 76' )
  • 08 Harding
  • 22 Hornby
  • 17 Robinson Booked
  • 28 O'Donovan
  • 29 Moyo (Akinfenwa - 55' )

Substitutes

  • 13 Snedker
  • 02 Johnson
  • 11 Hackett
  • 25 Dias
  • 10 Akinfenwa
  • 16 Wilson
  • 19 Moult

Barnet

  • 29 Stack
  • 26 Johnson Booked
  • 30 Stephens
  • 40 Flanagan
  • 08 Byrne (Crawford - 75' )
  • 12 Ganbin
  • 15 Yiadom
  • 20 Weston
  • 38 Davids
  • 49 Marsh-Brown (Nurse - 71' )
  • 19 Hyde (Vose - 87' )

Substitutes

  • 48 Kuipers
  • 02 Fuller
  • 04 Kamdjo
  • 31 Oster
  • 43 Vose
  • 10 Nurse
  • 42 Crawford
Ref: Haines
Att: 7,471

Match Stats

Shots

12 12

On target

6 9

Corners

4 6

Fouls

14 11

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +5:06 Full time

Full Time The referee blows for the end of the match.

90:00 +2:59

David Stephens takes a shot. Save made by Lee Nicholls.

90:00 +2:28

Luke Gambin decides to take a short corner.

90:00 +1:34

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Clarke Carlisle by Harry Crawford. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

88:40

Short corner taken by Lewis Hornby from the left by-line.

88:07

Elliot Johnson challenges Claudio Dias unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lewis Hornby takes the free kick.

87:44

Luke Gambin takes a shot. Save made by Lee Nicholls.

87:12

Inswinging corner taken by Ben Harding from the right by-line played to the near post, clearance by Tom Flanagan.

86:51 Substitution

Substitution Jake Hyde goes off and Dominic Vose comes on.

86:31

Adebayo Akinfenwa takes a shot. Blocked by Elliot Johnson.

85:52

Lewis Hornby produces a left-footed shot from just outside the penalty box that misses to the left of the goal.

85:13

Jake Hyde takes a shot. Lee Nicholls makes a save.

84:15

Jake Hyde challenges Clarke Carlisle unfairly and gives away a free kick. Lee Nicholls takes the indirect free kick.

83:00

Strike comes in from Ben Harding from the free kick.

83:00 Booking

Booking Elliot Johnson goes into the book for unsporting behaviour.

82:51

Roy O'Donovan fouled by Elliot Johnson, the ref awards a free kick.

78:28

Jake Hyde takes a shot. Ben Tozer manages to make a clearance.

78:12

Jonathan Nurse produces a cross, Ben Tozer makes a clearance.

77:14

The ball is sent over by Andrew Yiadom, Clarke Carlisle manages to make a clearance.

75:26 Substitution

Substitution Claudio Dias comes on in place of Luke Guttridge.

75:00

Effort from long distance by Edgar Davids goes wide right of the goal.

74:05 Substitution

Substitution Mark Byrne goes off and Harry Crawford comes on.

73:55

The ball is delivered by Mark Byrne, clearance by Clarke Carlisle.

72:20

Assist by Adebayo Akinfenwa.

72:20 Goal scored

Goal! - Luke Guttridge - Northamp'n 2 - 0 Barnet Luke Guttridge gets on the score sheet with a goal from the edge of the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 2-0 Barnet.

71:46

Edgar Davids gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Guttridge. Clarke Carlisle restarts play with the free kick.

71:18

A cross is delivered by Jonathan Nurse, Nathan Cameron manages to make a clearance.

70:24 Substitution

Substitution Keanu Marsh-Brown goes off and Jonathan Nurse comes on.

69:56

Free kick awarded for a foul by Clarke Carlisle on David Stephens. Graham Stack takes the free kick.

69:11

Free kick awarded for a foul by Edgar Davids on Luke Guttridge. Ben Tozer takes the free kick.

68:02

Jake Robinson produces a right-footed shot from just outside the box that misses to the right of the target.

66:46

Assist on the goal came from Luke Guttridge.

66:46 Goal scored

Goal! - Roy O'Donovan - Northamp'n 1 - 0 Barnet Roy O'Donovan fires in a goal from just inside the area to the bottom left corner of the goal. Northampton 1-0 Barnet.

65:31

The ball is delivered by Luke Gambin.

64:17

Corner taken right-footed by Mark Byrne to the near post, Jake Hyde produces a right-footed shot from close range that goes over the bar.

64:08

Luke Gambin sends in a cross, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle.

63:09

Short corner worked by Mark Byrne, Edgar Davids crosses the ball, save by Lee Nicholls.

62:58

The ball is delivered by Elliot Johnson, Nathan Cameron makes a clearance.

60:35

Jake Robinson gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Andrew Yiadom. Indirect free kick taken by Graham Stack.

54:36

Graham Stack takes the free kick.

54:36 Substitution

Substitution (Northampton) makes a substitution, with Adebayo Akinfenwa coming on for David Moyo.

54:36

Unfair challenge on Graham Stack by David Moyo results in a free kick.

53:36

The ball is crossed by Tom Flanagan.

53:07

Tom Flanagan restarts play with the free kick.

53:07 Booking

Booking Jake Robinson booked for unsporting behaviour.

52:52

Foul by Jake Robinson on Andrew Yiadom, free kick awarded.

51:26

Jake Robinson takes a shot. Blocked by Tom Flanagan. Lewis Hornby produces a right-footed shot from outside the penalty box and misses wide left of the target.

50:19

Jake Robinson produces a cross, clearance made by David Stephens.

49:33

Edgar Davids fouled by Luke Guttridge, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.

48:59

Jake Hyde takes a shot. Lee Collins gets a block in.

48:40

Elliot Johnson produces a cross.

47:22

Mark Byrne has an effort at goal from 30 yards. Lee Nicholls makes a save.

46:30

Nathan Cameron gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Luke Gambin. Free kick taken by Edgar Davids.

45:01

The match restarts for the second half.

45:00 +1:04 Half time

Half Time The players leave the pitch at half time.

44:23

The free kick is swung in left-footed by Mark Byrne, Lee Nicholls makes a save.

44:23 Booking

Booking Luke Guttridge receives a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

43:56

Luke Guttridge challenges Luke Gambin unfairly and gives away a free kick.

43:18

Corner taken by Lewis Hornby from the left by-line to the near post, clearance made by Jake Hyde.

42:49

Free kick awarded for a foul by David Stephens on Roy O'Donovan. Free kick taken by Ben Tozer.

41:59

Corner from left by-line taken by Mark Byrne.

41:43

The ball is delivered by Elliot Johnson, clearance made by Clarke Carlisle.

39:49

Foul by Ben Tozer on Luke Gambin, free kick awarded. The free kick is swung in left-footed by Edgar Davids, save by Lee Nicholls.

38:06

The official flags Roy O'Donovan offside. Graham Stack takes the free kick.

35:38

Outswinging corner taken by Edgar Davids from the left by-line, clearance made by Nathan Cameron.

33:52

Outswinging corner taken by Edgar Davids.

33:39

Luke Gambin crosses the ball, blocked by Ben Tozer.

32:05

Drilled right-footed shot by Keanu Marsh-Brown. Lee Nicholls gets a block in.

31:03

Unfair challenge on Clarke Carlisle by Jake Hyde results in a free kick. Free kick taken by Lee Nicholls.

30:00

Tom Flanagan fouled by Luke Guttridge, the ref awards a free kick. Graham Stack takes the indirect free kick.

28:45

Mark Byrne concedes a free kick for a foul on Ben Harding. Clarke Carlisle takes the indirect free kick.

25:25

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Luke Gambin by Lewis Hornby. Edgar Davids restarts play with the free kick.

22:11

A cross is delivered by Luke Gambin, Jake Hyde takes a shot. Lee Nicholls makes a save.

20:28

Effort from the edge of the area by Jake Robinson goes wide of the left-hand post.

18:31

Nathan Cameron challenges Keanu Marsh-Brown unfairly and gives away a free kick. Edgar Davids takes the direct free kick, Mark Byrne takes a shot.

14:21

Unfair challenge on Ben Harding by Tom Flanagan results in a free kick. Clarke Carlisle restarts play with the free kick.

13:58

The assistant referee flags for offside against Jake Robinson. Tom Flanagan restarts play with the free kick.

13:36

Jake Hyde gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Nathan Cameron. Clarke Carlisle takes the free kick.

13:00

Luke Guttridge delivers the ball, Roy O'Donovan takes a shot. Graham Stack makes a save.

12:24

The ball is sent over by Jake Robinson, David Stephens manages to make a clearance.

9:50

Ben Harding gives away a free kick for an unfair challenge on Jake Hyde. Edgar Davids takes the indirect free kick.

7:40

Effort on goal by Mark Byrne from deep inside the penalty area misses to the right of the target.

6:49

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Edgar Davids by Nathan Cameron. Edgar Davids restarts play with the free kick.

6:10

Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Ben Harding.

5:52

Jake Robinson takes a shot. Fantastic save by Graham Stack.

5:15

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

4:30

Lewis Hornby delivers the ball, save made by Graham Stack.

3:29

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Mark Byrne by Jake Robinson. Indirect free kick taken by Graham Stack.

0:00

The match gets underway.

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