National League

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



Formation 4-4-2

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


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


Formation 4-3-3

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


  • 9Shaw
  • 12Ramshaw
  • 15Allan
  • 29Orrell
  • 32Dixon
Darren England

Match Stats

Home TeamBarnetAway TeamGateshead
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  1. Post update

    Match ends, Barnet 2, Gateshead 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Barnet 2, Gateshead 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Craig Baxter (Gateshead).

  4. Post update

    Luisma (Barnet) wins a free kick.

  5. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Luisma replaces John Akinde.

  6. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Charlie MacDonald replaces Mauro Vilhete.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gash (Barnet).

  9. Post update

    Craig Baxter (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  10. Post update

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

  11. Post update

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

  12. Post update

    Foul by Rob Ramshaw (Gateshead).

  13. Post update

    David Stephens (Barnet) wins a free kick.

  14. Substitution

    Substitution, Barnet. Jack Saville replaces Conor Clifford.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Gateshead.

  16. Post update

    Corner, Gateshead.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Post update

    Foul by Michael Gash (Barnet).

  19. Post update

    Michael Rankine (Gateshead) wins a free kick.

  20. Post update

    Foul by Andy Yiadom (Barnet).