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Barnet bounce back at first attempt by winning Conference Prem


 

For the first time since two teams were promoted from the Conference the two relegated Football League sides finished first and second.

It is Barnet who have returned to the Football League as Conference Premier champions thanks to a 2-0 win at home to Gateshead(last season's beaten play-off finalists)

Portuguese youngster Mauro Vilhete found the net twice as the Bees rendered second-placed Bristol Rovers' 7-0 victory over Alfreton Town meaningless in the promotion race.

However, Rovers' emphatic win condemned Alfreton to the Conference Premier's final relegation spot. Southport's 1-0 win at Welling United saw both sides avoid the drop on the final day, the latter on goal difference.

Elsewhere, A 1-1 draw for Macclesfield Town at Torquay United was not enough for the Greater Manchester outfit to break into the final playoff spot, which was secured by Forest Green Rovers following their 0-0 draw at Dover Athletic.

Eastleigh will also feature in the playoffs after they came from behind to defeat Kidder­min­ster Harriers 2-1 at home, as will Grimsby Town, who ended the campaign on a high thanks to a 3-1 dismantling of Aldershot Town.

Nuneaton Town were already relegated ahead of their clash with Chester FC, but they finish bottom of the pile after the North West club overturned a 3-1 deficit to win 5-3 in an eight-goal thriller.

Barnet boss, 'Mad Dog Martin Allen is no stranger to success and only two seasons ago took Gillingham into League 1 after winning promotion. This is his fourth spell as Barnet boss!

JB

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