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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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Sky Bet League 2

Sky Bet League 2
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wycombe Wanderers 18 35
2 Burton Albion 18 35
3 Luton Town 18 34
4 Shrewsbury Town 18 33
5 Southend United 18 31
6 Plymouth Argyle 18 30
7 Bury 18 30
8 Newport County AFC 18 28
9 Exeter City 18 27
10 Portsmouth 18 26
11 Morecambe 18 26
12 Accrington Stanley 18 26
13 Cambridge United 18 24
14 Northampton Town 18 24
15 Stevenage 18 24
16 AFC Wimbledon 18 24
17 Mansfield Town 18 22
18 Cheltenham Town 18 22
19 Oxford United 18 20
20 York City 18 18
21 Dagenham & Redbridge 18 18
22 Carlisle United 18 18
23 Tranmere Rovers 18 12
24 Hartlepool United 18 12