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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 20 +21 48
2 Stevenage 20 +15 43
3 Northampton Town 20 +14 39
4 Barrow 20 +3 34
5 Carlisle United 20 +10 33
6 Bradford City 20 +6 33
7 Mansfield Town 20 +2 33
8 Salford City 20 +5 31
9 Swindon Town 20 +3 31
10 Walsall 20 +8 30
11 AFC Wimbledon 20 +1 29
12 Stockport County 20 +7 28
13 Doncaster Rovers 20 -4 28
14 Tranmere Rovers 20 +3 27
15 Crewe Alexandra 19 -4 25
16 Grimsby Town 19 +1 24
17 Sutton United 20 -8 23
18 Newport County 20 -3 22
19 Crawley Town 20 -8 21
20 Harrogate Town 20 -6 19
21 Rochdale 20 -15 15
22 Colchester United 20 -10 14
23 Gillingham 20 -18 14
24 Hartlepool United 20 -23 12