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The Memorial Stadium (ATT 10,594) 3rd May 2014 - Kick off 15:00

Bristol R Bristol Rovers vs Mansfield Town Mansfield

Bristol R 0

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Mansfield 1

C Daniel (36)

Pirates are sent down

Last Updated: 03/05/14 10:26pm

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Colin Daniels: Got the only goal

Colin Daniels: Got the only goal

Colin Daniel's first-half goal condemned Bristol Rovers to relegation out of the Football League as Mansfield secured a 1-0 win.

With Northampton and Wycombe both securing victories, even the support of a 10,000-plus crowd was not enough to keep the Pirates in Sky Bet League Two.

The goal the home fans were dreading came nine minutes before the break when Anthony Howell crossed from the left and Daniel engineered space to hook a volley in off a post from 12 yards out.

Rovers threw everything at their opponents in the second half and hit the woodwork twice through a David Clarkson header and a Mark McCrystal volley.

There were countless other near misses for the hosts, as well as a stunning save by Lewis Price on 56 minutes to keep out a Clarkson shot.

The home side made a bright start to the second period with Chris Beardsley and Matt Harrold spurning scoring opportunities. But as the first half wore on tension transmitted from the stands.

Some ugly scenes after the final whistle saw police horses come on the pitch to deal with angry Rovers supporters, who vented their fury at relegation.

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1 Wycombe Wanderers 27 52
2 Shrewsbury Town 27 51
3 Burton Albion 27 51
4 Luton Town 26 47
5 Southend United 27 47
6 Newport County AFC 27 46
7 Bury 27 44
8 Stevenage 27 41
9 Exeter City 28 41
10 Plymouth Argyle 27 40
11 Morecambe 27 37
12 Cambridge United 26 36
13 AFC Wimbledon 26 36
14 Northampton Town 27 34
15 Accrington Stanley 26 33
16 Oxford United 27 30
17 Cheltenham Town 27 30
18 Portsmouth 26 29
19 York City 27 28
20 Mansfield Town 26 28
21 Tranmere Rovers 26 27
22 Dagenham & Redbridge 27 27
23 Carlisle United 27 27
24 Hartlepool United 27 18