Barnet retained their place at the top of the Conference with a comfortable win over Bristol Rovers.

John Akinde slotted in to open the scoring, his first goal since signing from Alfreton Town in the summer.

Another new signing, Charlie MacDonald, doubled their advantage after Rovers goalkeeper Will Puddy spilled Mauro Vilhete's long-range shot.

Rovers had two penalty appeals turned down and await their first win since being relegated to the Conference.

Bristol Rovers manager Darrell Clarke told BBC Radio Bristol:

Clarke on Barnet v Bristol Rovers

"It was a very disappointing first half for me.

"We play with a system where we need to pass the ball and players take responsibility, but we went far too long.

"We never got a foothold in the game. We gave away two really sloppy goals, which you can't afford to do at this level.

"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb with the goals we conceded."

Lineup, Bookings (0) & Substitutions (4)

Barnet

  • 01 Stack
  • 02 Yiadom
  • 03 Johnson
  • 14 Togwell
  • 05 N'Gala
  • 06 Stephens
  • 08 Weston
  • 11 Cook
  • 10 MacDonald (Nurse - 90' )
  • 09 Akinde
  • 16 Vilhete

Substitutes

  • 04 Saville
  • 07 Marsh-Brown
  • 15 Villa Lopez
  • 17 Muggleton
  • 20 Nurse

Bristol Rovers

  • 25 Puddy
  • 04 Lockyer (Leadbitter - 53' )
  • 03 Brown
  • 07 Mansell
  • 05 McChrystal
  • 15 Trotman (Parkes - 46' )
  • 23 Monkhouse
  • 24 Sinclair
  • 14 White
  • 10 Taylor
  • 11 Gosling (Brunt - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Leadbitter
  • 06 Parkes
  • 08 Clarke
  • 09 Brunt
  • 17 Harrison
Ref: Robert Whitton

Match Stats

Shots

11 10

On target

5 5

Corners

0 0

Fouls

10 12

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Barnet 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

90:00 +4:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Barnet 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

90:00 +3:51

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

90:00 +3:03

Foul by Sam Togwell (Barnet).

90:00 +3:03

Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

90:00 +1:31

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

89:18 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Barnet. Jon Nurse replaces Charlie MacDonald.

89:11

Foul by Jamie White (Bristol Rovers).

89:11

Bondz N'Gala (Barnet) wins a free kick.

81:52

Foul by Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers).

81:52

John Akinde (Barnet) wins a free kick.

79:51

Attempt missed. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is too high.

78:30

Foul by Lee Cook (Barnet).

78:30

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

76:20

Corner, Barnet.

75:04

Corner, Barnet.

74:51

Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

74:22

Foul by Jamie White (Bristol Rovers).

74:22

Andy Yiadom (Barnet) wins a free kick.

72:27

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

72:27

Curtis Weston (Barnet) wins a free kick.

70:39

Attempt saved. David Stephens (Barnet) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved. Assisted by Lee Cook.

70:04

Corner, Barnet.

69:06

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

66:27

Foul by Charlie MacDonald (Barnet).

66:27

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

65:07 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Ryan Brunt replaces Jake Gosling.

63:55

Attempt missed. Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

63:34

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

63:05

Foul by John Akinde (Barnet).

63:05

Daniel Leadbitter (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

61:06

Foul by Sam Togwell (Barnet).

61:06

Jamie White (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

59:49

Attempt missed. Charlie MacDonald (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

58:28

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Lee Brown tries a through ball, but Lee Brown is caught offside.

56:44

Attempt missed. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is too high.

54:40

Foul by Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers).

54:40

Curtis Weston (Barnet) wins a free kick.

53:21

Corner, Barnet.

52:24 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Daniel Leadbitter replaces Tom Lockyer because of an injury.

50:29

Attempt saved. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is saved.

49:39

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

49:00

Attempt saved. Lee Brown (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

48:14

Offside, Bristol Rovers. Jamie White tries a through ball, but Jamie White is caught offside.

47:26

Attempt saved. Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

46:09

Foul by Jake Gosling (Bristol Rovers).

46:09

Charlie MacDonald (Barnet) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Tom Parkes replaces Neal Trotman.

45:00

Second Half begins Barnet 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

45:00 +1:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Barnet 2, Bristol Rovers 0.

42:01 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnet 2, Bristol Rovers 0. Charlie MacDonald (Barnet) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andy Yiadom.

41:43

Attempt saved. Andy Yiadom (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

41:33

Attempt blocked. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

40:19

Attempt saved. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

39:25

Foul by Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers).

39:25

Lee Cook (Barnet) wins a free kick.

38:55

Corner, Barnet.

38:24

Attempt saved. Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

37:30

Corner, Barnet.

36:40

Foul by Matty Taylor (Bristol Rovers).

36:40

Andy Yiadom (Barnet) wins a free kick.

36:04

Attempt missed. Jamie White (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

35:21

Attempt blocked. Andy Yiadom (Barnet) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

32:48

Foul by John Akinde (Barnet).

32:48

Stuart Sinclair (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

31:35

Foul by Bondz N'Gala (Barnet).

31:35

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

31:05

Corner, Barnet.

29:09

Foul by Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers).

29:09

Charlie MacDonald (Barnet) wins a free kick.

27:15

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

27:15

Charlie MacDonald (Barnet) wins a free kick.

24:47

Foul by Charlie MacDonald (Barnet).

24:47

Tom Lockyer (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

21:19 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Barnet 1, Bristol Rovers 0. John Akinde (Barnet) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Charlie MacDonald.

19:09

Attempt saved. John Akinde (Barnet) header from the centre of the box is saved.

17:58

Foul by Lee Mansell (Bristol Rovers).

17:58

Elliot Johnson (Barnet) wins a free kick.

16:07

Foul by Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers).

16:07

John Akinde (Barnet) wins a free kick.

13:44

Foul by John Akinde (Barnet).

13:44

Neal Trotman (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

7:20

Corner, Barnet.

6:44

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

3:56

Foul by John Akinde (Barnet).

3:56

Andy Monkhouse (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick.

2:13

Corner, Barnet.

0:08

Corner, Bristol Rovers.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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