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2017-18 English League Two, Regular Season
  • John Akinde (42')
  • Richard Brindley (81')
  • Alex Nicholls (88')

Barnet relegated despite thumping Chesterfield

Barnet were relegated from the Football League despite a big win against Chesterfield on the final day of the season.
Goals from John Akinde, Richard Brindley and Alex Nicholls were not enough to preserve Barnet's League Two status as Morecambe drew against Coventry to take 22nd place on goal difference.
The home side came close several times in quick succession, with Akinde having a shot saved, Shaquile Coulthirst's effort on the rebound blocked and Curtis Weston drilling just wide.
At the other end, Jacob Brown put the ball into the back of the net from close range but it was disallowed by the linesman's flag for offside.
Weston rattled the crossbar with a shot from the edge of the area before he provided the cross that Akinde headed in to put Barnet ahead in the 42nd minute.
In the 80th minute, Brindley doubled the lead with a shot from outside the area.
Nicholls added gloss to the scoreline in the 88th minute with a stunning strike into the top corner but an inferior goal difference compared to Morecambe meant that the Bees were relegated

English League Two Standings

POS Team GP GD PTS
1 Leyton Orient 11 +13 28
2 Northampton Town 11 +11 26
3 Stevenage 11 +4 25
4 Bradford City 11 +8 21
5 Salford City 11 +7 21
6 Barrow 11 +3 21
7 Mansfield Town 11 +6 20
8 Doncaster Rovers 11 +3 20
9 Carlisle United 11 +3 18
10 Swindon Town 11 +2 17
11 Tranmere Rovers 11 +2 16
12 Crewe Alexandra 11 +1 16
13 Grimsby Town 11 +1 16
14 Sutton United 11 0 14
15 AFC Wimbledon 11 -3 12
16 Newport County 11 -3 11
17 Walsall 11 0 10
18 Gillingham 11 -8 10
19 Stockport County 11 -4 9
20 Harrogate Town 11 -7 8
21 Colchester United 11 -8 6
22 Crawley Town 11 -9 6
23 Hartlepool United 11 -11 6
24 Rochdale 11 -11 5