Stevenage have been relegated from League One following another poor performance at the hands of mid-table side Bristol City.
Stevenage went into the game knowing that only a win would keep alive their hopes of league survival, however the side who have failed to win now for four consecutive games succumbed to their eleventh home defeat of the season, a statistic that is worse than any other side in League One.
The hosts started the game slowly and after a string of saves from veteran goalkeeper Chris Day, Stevenage were managing to keep their opponents at bay, and more importantly kept Bristol City’s top scoring striker Sam Baldock from adding to his 25 goal tally for the season.
However the deadlock was finally broken when Wade Elliot, on loan from Championship outfit Birmingham City calmly slotted away a well deserved opener for the mid-table side on the brink of half time.
Although the home side made an improved start to the second half, It would be a goal which would be the start of many more for Bristol City and after the break, the resilient Chris Day couldn’t keep the league’s top scorer Sam Baldock at bay for much longer and he soon latched onto a long ball forward to add to his ever-growing tally of goals.
Substitute Stephen Pearson later added a third 15 minutes from time but it wouldn’t be the final goal of the game, as Stevenage grabbed a late goal of their own to somewhat ease the embarrassment minutes from time when the in-demand Luke Freeman found the net with a set-piece to be proud of.
However it would prove to be too little too late for Stevenage as the full-time whistle blew condemning the Hertfordshire side to relegation into League Two.
Graham Westley after the game told a local reporter that his focus would now turn to rebuilding the squad ready for a fresh campaign in League Two next season. Westley reportedly told his players they are now “fighting for their future at the club to play in League Two next season”
Luke Freeman has already attracted interested from fellow League One sides this season and with Stevenage reportedly already rejecting two bids of up to £300,000 from Bristol City earlier on in the season, Stevenage may face a struggle to keep hold of the talented winger dropping down into a lower division.
Whilst the Stevenage manager rejected questions about his own future, conversation quickly moved to his side exiting the league on a high with a final home game against Walsall on Saturday, followed by a tricky final game of the season away to Championship bound Brentford.