Stevenage kept their promotion hopes alive as Joel Byrom's penalty helped them comfortably beat Bury to secure the final play-off place in League One.

Chris Reid made it 1-0 when he pounced on Efe Sodje's clearance, controlled the ball on his chest and fired home.

Byrom doubled Stevenage's advantage, converting from the spot after Sodje had fouled Robin Shroot in the area.

Bury created few opportunities and Chris Beardsley sealed the victory with a powerful effort from 20 yards out.

Stevenage needed to win to stay in the play-offs and they will now face Sheffield United in the two-legged semi-finals.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (6)

Stevenage

  • 16 Day
  • 03 Laird Booked
  • 05 Ashton
  • 14 Roberts
  • 30 Lascelles
  • 02 Wilson
  • 13 Byrom (Mousinho - 79' )
  • 24 Bostwick
  • 10 Reid (Shroot - 57' )
  • 15 Freeman
  • 29 Agyemang (Beardsley - 81' )

Substitutes

  • 01 Julian
  • 11 Myrie-Williams
  • 21 Mousinho
  • 32 Shroot
  • 20 Beardsley

Bury

  • 32 Bond
  • 03 Skarz
  • 16 Sodje Booked
  • 23 N Clarke Booked
  • 06 Sweeney
  • 07 Worrall
  • 08 Schumacher
  • 15 Coke (Carrington - 66' )
  • 21 Jones
  • 14 Grella (John-Lewis - 62' )
  • 25 Harrad (Elford-Alliyu - 72' )

Substitutes

  • 02 Picken
  • 17 Hughes
  • 13 Carrington
  • 12 John-Lewis
  • 28 Elford-Alliyu
Ref: Ilderton
Att: 4,781

Match Stats

Shots

14 11

On target

7 2

Corners

9 3

Fouls

3 6

Live Text Commentary

90:00 +4:07 Full time

Full Time The final whistle is blown by the referee.

90:00 +1:00

Robin Shroot provided the assist for the goal.

90:00 +1:00 Goal scored

Goal! - Chris Beardsley - Stevenage 3 - 0 Bury Chris Beardsley finds the back of the net with a goal from the edge of the area to the top left corner of the goal. Stevenage 3-0 Bury.

85:09

Free kick crossed left-footed by Luke Freeman from left channel, clearance by Nathan Clarke.

85:09 Booking

Booking The referee shows Nathan Clarke a yellow card for unsporting behaviour.

84:50

Nathan Clarke concedes a free kick for a foul on Chris Beardsley.

83:50

Lenell John-Lewis produces a right-footed shot from just outside the penalty area that goes harmlessly over the target.

80:39 Substitution

Substitution Chris Beardsley comes on in place of Patrick Agyemang.

79:50

Robin Shroot takes a inswinging corner.

78:49 Substitution

Substitution John Mousinho on for Joel Byrom.

76:35

Robin Shroot provided the assist for the goal.

76:35 Goal scored

Goal! - Joel Byrom - Stevenage 2 - 0 Bury Penalty taken left-footed by Joel Byrom and scored. Stevenage 2-0 Bury.

74:54

Foul by Efetobore Sodje on Robin Shroot, Penalty awarded.

73:46

Steven Schumacher has an effort at goal from a long way out that goes wide left.

73:32

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Nathan Clarke by Patrick Agyemang. Jonathan Bond restarts play with the free kick.

72:54

Jamaal Lascelles restarts play with the free kick.

72:54 Booking

Booking The referee books Efetobore Sodje for unsporting behaviour.

72:40

Efetobore Sodje concedes a free kick for a foul on Patrick Agyemang.

71:23 Substitution

Substitution Lateef Elford-Alliyu joins the action as a substitute, replacing Shaun Harrad.

69:27

Corner taken right-footed by Steven Schumacher, Lenell John-Lewis takes a shot. Comfortable save by Chris Day.

68:44

Peter Sweeney delivers the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel, clearance by Jamaal Lascelles.

68:44 Booking

Booking Booking for Scott Laird for unsporting behaviour.

68:30

Unfair challenge on David Worrall by Scott Laird results in a free kick.

67:12

David Worrall has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide right of the target.

66:34

Mark Carrington has an effort at goal from outside the box which goes wide left of the target.

65:15 Substitution

Substitution (Bury) makes a substitution, with Mark Carrington coming on for Giles Coke.

63:07

Lawrie Wilson takes a shot. Save by Jonathan Bond. Corner taken by Joel Byrom from the left by-line.

61:49

Robin Shroot takes a shot. Save made by Jonathan Bond.

61:18 Substitution

Substitution Lenell John-Lewis is brought on as a substitute for Mike Grella.

60:44

Joel Byrom takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Peter Sweeney.

59:26

Free kick awarded for a foul by Efetobore Sodje on Patrick Agyemang. Joel Byrom crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left channel. Corner taken by Joel Byrom from the right by-line to the near post, Scott Laird takes a shot. Peter Sweeney gets a block in.

58:22

Corner taken by Joel Byrom, Close range headed effort by Jon Ashton goes wide of the left-hand post.

56:48 Substitution

Substitution Craig Reid leaves the field to be replaced by Robin Shroot.

55:51

Giles Coke takes a shot from inside the box clearing the bar.

50:56

Luke Freeman has an effort at goal from the edge of the box that misses to the right of the target.

45:08

Craig Reid takes a shot. Save made by Jonathan Bond.

45:01

The second half begins.

45:00 +1:06 Half time

Half Time The ref blows to end the first period.

45:00 +0:19

Free kick awarded for an unfair challenge on Scott Laird by Andrai Jones. Jamaal Lascelles takes the direct free kick.

43:36

The assistant referee signals for offside against Patrick Agyemang. Joe Skarz restarts play with the free kick.

41:49

Corner taken by Joel Byrom from the right by-line to the near post, Steven Schumacher makes a clearance.

39:45

Luke Freeman takes a shot. Save by Jonathan Bond. Inswinging corner taken from the right by-line by Joel Byrom, Jon Ashton produces a header from deep inside the six-yard box that clears the crossbar.

36:49

Michael Bostwick produces a drilled left-footed shot from 25 yards. Andrai Jones gets a block in. Short corner worked by Joel Byrom. Shot from just outside the box by Jamaal Lascelles goes over the crossbar.

35:40

Corner from the left by-line taken by Joel Byrom, Headed effort from deep inside the area by Jon Ashton misses to the right of the target.

31:23

Steven Schumacher takes a shot. Mark Roberts gets a block in. Peter Sweeney takes the inswinging corner, clearance made by Jamaal Lascelles. Effort from deep inside the area by Steven Schumacher misses to the left of the target.

30:23

Corner taken by Peter Sweeney from the right by-line played to the near post, Mark Roberts manages to make a clearance.

28:43

Effort from the edge of the area by Mike Grella goes wide of the right-hand upright.

23:24

Luke Freeman provided the assist for the goal.

23:24 Goal scored

Goal! - Craig Reid - Stevenage 1 - 0 Bury A goal is scored by Craig Reid from inside the penalty box high into the middle of the goal. Stevenage 1-0 Bury.

22:16

Effort from outside the penalty area by Craig Reid goes wide left of the goal.

20:58

Foul by Steven Schumacher on Patrick Agyemang, free kick awarded. Joel Byrom crosses the ball from the free kick left-footed from left wing, Steven Schumacher manages to make a clearance.

19:49

Shot from outside the area by Giles Coke misses to the left of the target.

12:16

Peter Sweeney fouled by Joel Byrom, the ref awards a free kick. Steven Schumacher has an effort direct from the free kick.

0:00

The game kicks-off.

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