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Notts County 2-0 Barnet: Kristian Dennis and Callum Roberts earn win in National League play-off semi-final

Kristian Dennis scores for Notts County against Barnet
The first-half goal by Kristian Dennis was his 15th in 34 games for Notts County this season

Notts County kept alive hopes of an immediate return to the English Football League as they beat Barnet in the National League play-off semi-finals.

Kristian Dennis gave Notts the lead when he headed home from six yards following a great run and cross by Jim O'Brien.

Callum Roberts made it 2-0 after some excellent close control saw him beat two defenders before calmly side-footing into the bottom corner from close range.

The Magpies will face a Harrogate side who have never made it out of non-league football in the promotion final at Wembley on Sunday, 2 August after they beat Boreham Wood 1-0 in the first semi-final.

County, who last season were relegated from the EFL for the first time in their 157-year history, had the best of an attritional first half that was affected by torrential rain.

Roberts had a curling free-kick saved after 15 minutes, while he should have scored five minutes after Dennis had put his side ahead, but dragged his shot wide after Kyle Wootton's flick on.

The Bees started the second half strongly, Ephron Mason-Clark forcing a good save from Sam Slocombe.

At the other end Dennis was twice denied by Barnet keeper Scott Loach a minute before Roberts' goal.

Barnet, who won 2-0 at Yeovil Town last week to set up the tie, sent on strikers Simeon Akinola and Shaquile Coulthirst but they were unable to make a breakthrough and will play in the National League for a third consecutive season.

The North London side created few clear chances with Alfie Pavey's 85th-minute close-range header that flew over the bar from close range their best opportunity to pull a goal back.

Line-ups

Notts County

  • 1Slocombe
  • 20Brindley
  • 5Turner
  • 8Doyle
  • 33Bagan
  • 31Lacey
  • 37RobertsBooked at 64minsSubstituted forThomasat 86'minutes
  • 4Rose
  • 6O'Brien
  • 9DennisSubstituted forBoldewijnat 74'minutes
  • 14Wootton

Substitutes

  • 7Thomas
  • 11Boldewijn
  • 13Rawlinson
  • 16Kelly-Evans
  • 22Crawford
  • 40McDonnell

Barnet

  • 1Loach
  • 6Dunne
  • 16Taylor
  • 3Johnson
  • 8Adams
  • 23TutondaSubstituted forCoulthirstat 71'minutes
  • 5Almeida Santos
  • 20da Silva Vilhete
  • 27Mason-Clark
  • 15McCallum
  • 22WalkerSubstituted forAkinolaat 62'minutesSubstituted forPaveyat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 9Pavey
  • 10Coulthirst
  • 13Matrevics
  • 14Akinola
  • 19McBurnie
  • 31Edwards
Referee:
Samuel Barrott

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Notts County 2, Barnet 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Notts County 2, Barnet 0.

  3. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Wes Thomas replaces Callum Roberts.

  4. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Alfie Pavey replaces Simeon Akinola.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Notts County. Enzio Boldewijn replaces Kristian Dennis.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Shaquile Coulthirst replaces David Tutonda.

  7. Booking

    Callum Roberts (Notts County) is shown the yellow card.

  8. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Simeon Akinola replaces Josh Walker.

  9. Goal!

    Goal! Notts County 2, Barnet 0. Callum Roberts (Notts County).

  10. Second Half

    Second Half begins Notts County 1, Barnet 0.

  11. Half Time

    First Half ends, Notts County 1, Barnet 0.

  12. Goal!

    Goal! Notts County 1, Barnet 0. Kristian Dennis (Notts County).

  13. Kick Off

    First Half begins.

  14. Post update

    Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Barrow37217968392970
2Harrogate37199961441766
3Notts County381712961382363
4Yeovil371791161441760
5Boreham Wood371612955401560
6Halifax37177135049158
7Stockport391610135154-358
8Solihull Moors3815101348371155
9Hartlepool391413125650655
10Woking381510135055-555
11Barnet351412952421054
12Dover38159144949054
13Bromley381410145752552
14Sutton United381214124742550
15Torquay36146165661-548
16Aldershot391210174355-1246
17Eastleigh371113134355-1246
18Dag & Red371111154044-444
19Chesterfield381111165565-1044
20Wrexham371110164649-343
21Ebbsfleet391012174768-2142
22Maidenhead United38125214458-1441
23Fylde37912164460-1639
24Chorley38414203165-3426
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