Stevenage 2-1 Cheltenham Town: Robins relegated to League Two after spirited defeat

Cheltenham relegated from League One

Cheltenham Town have been relegated from League One after three seasons in the third tier, after a spirited 2-1 defeat away to Stevenage on the final day of the season.

The Robins have been in the bottom four since August after a disastrous start to the campaign, when they equalled an English Football League record by not scoring a goal in their first 11 games.

Cheltenham beat Peterborough 2-0 at home on Tuesday to take their fight to the final day of the campaign, however they had to beat Stevenage and hope that Burton or Cambridge above them dropped points to avoid the drop.

While Burton were beaten 3-0 by Fleetwood, Darrell Clarke’s Cheltenham could not get the needed three points that would have secured their status in the division as Nick Freeman struck a 90th minute winner for the hosts.

More to follow.

Line-ups

Stevenage

Formation 3-4-1-2

12MacGillivray6Sweeney15Vancooten5Piergianni14Smith24ThompsonBooked at 74mins23Thompson22Guinness-Walker11RobertsBooked at 50minsSubstituted forSmithat 90+4’minutes9ListSubstituted forFreemanat 54’minutes29HemmingsSubstituted forPressleyat 68’minutesSubstitutes2Wildin4Thompson10Freeman18White20Pressley41Mitchell45Smith

Cheltenham

Formation 3-5-2

1SouthwoodSubstituted forPardingtonat 27’minutes2Long33Davies4Bradbury7KinsellaSubstituted forThomasat 45’minutesBooked at 51mins23BondsSubstituted forOlayinkaat 68’minutes34Pett8Sercombe15FerrySubstituted forShepherdat 82’minutesBooked at 84mins9Taylor26NuttallBooked at 45minsSubstituted forKeenaat 68’minutesSubstitutes3Williams10Keena14Shepherd17Olayinka21Pardington25Harrop27Thomas

Referee:Lee Swabey

Attendance:5,441

Live Text

Match ends, Stevenage 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

Second Half ends, Stevenage 2, Cheltenham Town 1.

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the centre of the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Matty Taylor.

Attempt missed. Aaron Pressley (Stevenage) with an attempt from very close range is just a bit too high. Assisted by Harrison Smith.

Attempt blocked. Harrison Smith (Stevenage) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is blocked. Assisted by Kane Smith.

Substitution, Stevenage. Harrison Smith replaces Jordan Roberts.

Foul by James Olayinka (Cheltenham Town).

Jordan Roberts (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Matty Taylor (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Louis Thompson (Stevenage).

Attempt missed. Liam Sercombe (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Matty Taylor.

Goal! Stevenage 2, Cheltenham Town 1. Nick Freeman (Stevenage) right footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom left corner. Assisted by Jordan Roberts following a corner.

Corner, Stevenage. Conceded by Sean Long.

Attempt blocked. Jordan Roberts (Stevenage) left footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Louis Thompson.

Foul by Tom Pett (Cheltenham Town).

Jordan Roberts (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Aaron Pressley (Stevenage).

Jack Shepherd (Cheltenham Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Jack Shepherd (Cheltenham Town).

Nick Freeman (Stevenage) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

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