League Two - Notts County clinch title

PA Sport - Tue, 27 Apr 22:12:00 2010

Notts County secured the League Two title following a convincing 5-0 win at relegated Darlington.

2009-10 League Two Notts County players celebrate - 0

The Magpies took the lead in the 33rd minute when Delroy Facey found Johnnie Jackson 12 yards out and his tame shot somehow went in under Darlington goalkeeper Nick Liversedge.

Craig Westcarr should have doubled the lead two minutes later when he raced clear and chipped Liversedge but saw his effort clear the Darlington bar. Kasper Schmeichel had earlier pulled off a finger-tip save to keep out a Gary Dempsey effort in the 12th minute.

After the break County tore Darlington apart. In the 70th minute defender Mike Edwards bicycle kicked the ball past Liversedge from eight yards out and four minutes later Westcarr beat Andrew Milne and then rounded the keeper before firing into the empty goal.

In the 78th minute substitute Luke Rodgers volleyed in County's fourth from 12 yards and then a cross from Westcarr into the area and a close-range back-heel from Rodgers in the 81st minute added to Darlington's despair.

Substitute Billy Kee ended Accrington's nine-game winless run with the only goal to leave Barnet still fighting for their League Two lives.

The striker had only been on the pitch six minutes when he got on the end of Michael Symes' right-wing cross and tapped home from six yards after 70 minutes.

The Reds deserved the win as they created the better chances with the Bees still needing three points to guarantee safety.

Barnet goalkeeper Jake Cole kept his side in it, finger-tipping over a Bobby Grant effort and denying Reds defender Johnny Flynn.

Veteran centre-half Gary Breen also cleared a Sean McConville effort off the goalline while Symes hit the post in the final minute.

Barnet mustered little up front on their fifth trip to Accrington this season - this game had been postponed four times while they also faced the Reds in the FA Cup.

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