National League
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Barnet 2-0 Gateshead

Mauro Vilhete
Mauro Vilhete (r) scored either side of half-time to confirm Barnet's promotion to the Football League

Barnet comfortably beat Gateshead to secure the Conference title ahead of Bristol Rovers and win promotion back to the Football League.

The Bees will return to League Two next season after a two-year absence.

Barnet went into the final round of fixtures with a one-point lead over closest challengers Rovers, who hammered relegated Alfreton 7-0.

But Mauro Vilhete's brace - a header and close-range finish - confirmed top spot for Martin Allen's side.

The Bees thought they had taken the lead on 11 minutes but Andy Yiadom's effort was ruled out for offside.

Just before the half-hour mark, Vilhete put Barnet ahead as he nodded in Sam Togwell's free-kick, before the winger doubled the home side's lead from close range just four minutes into the second half.

Gateshead's Carl Finnigan saw his header brilliantly stopped by goalkeeper Graham Stack, before The Hive erupted in jubilation at the final whistle.

Martin Allen
Now in his fourth spell as Barnet manager, Martin Allen has guided the Bees to the Conference title

Line-ups

Barnet

  • 1Stack
  • 2Yiadom
  • 5N'Gala
  • 8WestonBooked at 5mins
  • 3Johnson
  • 6Stephens
  • 41CliffordSubstituted forSavilleat 82'minutes
  • 14Togwell
  • 16VilheteSubstituted forMacDonaldat 90'minutes
  • 9AkindeSubstituted forVilla Lopezat 90'minutes
  • 40Gash

Substitutes

  • 4Saville
  • 10MacDonald
  • 15Villa Lopez
  • 17Muggleton
  • 18Gambin

Gateshead

  • 1Bartlett
  • 16Baxter
  • 5Curtis
  • 10GilliesSubstituted forShawat 57'minutes
  • 25Pattison
  • 6ClarkBooked at 72mins
  • 4Chandler
  • 11Finnigan
  • 19Rankine
  • 27Sainte-Luce
  • 23RodmanSubstituted forRamshawat 46'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Shaw
  • 12Ramshaw
  • 15Allan
  • 29Orrell
  • 32Dixon
Referee:
Darren England
Attendance:
5,233

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnetAway TeamGateshead
Possession
Home60%
Away40%
Shots
Home16
Away5
Shots on Target
Home3
Away1
Corners
Home11
Away11
Fouls
Home13
Away9

Live Text

Match ends, Barnet 2, Gateshead 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Barnet 2, Gateshead 0.

Foul by Craig Baxter (Gateshead).

Luisma (Barnet) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Luisma replaces John Akinde.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Charlie MacDonald replaces Mauro Vilhete.

Attempt missed. Carl Finnigan (Gateshead) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

Foul by Michael Gash (Barnet).

Craig Baxter (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Offside, Gateshead. Jon Shaw tries a through ball, but Jon Shaw is caught offside.

Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Rob Ramshaw (Gateshead).

David Stephens (Barnet) wins a free kick.

Substitution

Substitution, Barnet. Jack Saville replaces Conor Clifford.

Corner, Gateshead.

Corner, Gateshead.

Attempt blocked. Jamie Chandler (Gateshead) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Foul by Michael Gash (Barnet).

Michael Rankine (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Foul by Andy Yiadom (Barnet).

Carl Finnigan (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Barnet).

Michael Rankine (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

Booking

Ben Clark (Gateshead) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Ben Clark (Gateshead).

John Akinde (Barnet) wins a free kick.

Attempt blocked. Sam Togwell (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

Attempt missed. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) header from the centre of the box misses to the right.

Corner, Barnet.

Foul by Michael Rankine (Gateshead).

Sam Togwell (Barnet) wins a free kick.

Attempt missed. Sam Togwell (Barnet) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

Andy Yiadom (Barnet) hits the bar with a header from a difficult angle on the left. Assisted by Sam Togwell.

Corner, Barnet.

Substitution

Substitution, Gateshead. Jon Shaw replaces Josh Gillies.

Attempt missed. Sam Togwell (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

Attempt saved. Curtis Weston (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is saved.

Goal!

Goal! Barnet 2, Gateshead 0. Mauro Vilhete (Barnet) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Sam Togwell with a cross.

Corner, Barnet.

Substitution

Substitution, Gateshead. Rob Ramshaw replaces Alex Rodman.

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