Bristol Rovers' 94-year stay in the Football League came to an end after they lost against Mansfield.

The Pirates needed a draw at home to the Stags but found themselves behind after Colin Daniel volleyed in off the post in the 36th minute.

The home side knew they needed a goal, but saw three efforts hit the crossbar.

League Two final standings

GD

PTS

21

Northampton

-15

53

22

Wycombe

-8

50

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23

Bristol Rovers

-11

50

24

Torquay

-24

45

And their relegation to the Conference Premier on goal difference was confirmed after Northampton and Wycombe won their final-day games.

The match concluded to chorus of boos and a section of fans entered the pitch to express their anger at Rovers' drop to non-league football.

The Pirates' fate was in their own hands after their 2-1 win last Saturday against fellow strugglers Wycombe, who occupied the final relegation spot at the start of the afternoon.

Rovers started brightly enough, but the 10,000 home fans were stunned into silence in the 36th minute when Daniel placed a low volley past Steve Mildenhall, which bounced in off the woodwork.

Eleventh-placed Mansfield, who were promoted from non-league last year, defended resolutely throughout to stop Rovers finding that important goal.

Emotional Clarke reacts to Bristol Rovers relegation

Goalkeeper Lewis Price pulled off two acrobatic saves to deny David Clarkson in the second half, while top scorer John-Joe O'Toole headed agonisingly wide of the post.

And as the tension mounted around the ground with 15 minutes to go, captain Mark McCrystal also lashed a volley just over the crossbar.

With five minutes of added time, Mansfield kept hold of possession as the Pirates ran out of ideas.

Initially there was silence around the Memorial Stadium as the whistle blew, before some disgruntled Rovers supporters jeered the players and manager Darrell Clarke off the field.

A section of fans then broke out of the stands - some running towards the away supporters and some aiming their anger towards the boardroom - before mounted police ushered them back.

Mansfield Town boss Paul Cox told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"It's hard to see a big football club relegated from the league.

"We had to come and be professional and look after our own camp. We finished in 11th so it's been a decent season.

"I'm proud of the football club and I think we deserved the win today."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (4)

Bristol Rovers

  • 01 Mildenhall
  • 24 Clarke
  • 39 Mohamed
  • 06 Parkes
  • 29 McChrystal
  • 30 Lockyer
  • 25 Clucas (Santos - 67' )
  • 07 Clarkson
  • 09 Harrold
  • 19 Beardsley (Broghammer - 55' )
  • 32 O'Toole Booked

Substitutes

  • 11 Broghammer
  • 18 Harding
  • 20 Gough
  • 33 Santos
  • 34 Keary
  • 36 Lucas
  • 37 Thomas

Mansfield Town

  • 33 Price
  • 29 Marsden Booked
  • 16 Jennings
  • 06 Riley Booked
  • 04 Dempster
  • 02 Sutton
  • 30 Daniel (Meikle - 89' )
  • 13 Howell
  • 36 Palmer (Dyer - 75' )
  • 11 Clucas
  • 23 McGuire Booked

Substitutes

  • 07 Briscoe
  • 10 Stevenson
  • 14 Speight
  • 15 Dyer
  • 19 Clements
  • 20 Meikle
  • 26 Thomas
Ref: Oliver Langford
Att: 10,594

Match Stats

Shots

18 4

On target

3 3

Corners

8 4

Fouls

11 9

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Mansfield Town 1.

90:00 +5:13 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Mansfield Town 1.

90:00 +3:57

Attempt saved. Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

89:38

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

88:32 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Lindon Meikle replaces Colin Daniel.

86:06

Foul by Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers).

86:06

Louis Briscoe (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

85:23

Mark McChrystal (Bristol Rovers) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box.

84:55

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Liam Marsden.

83:40

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

82:38

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by James Jennings.

81:08

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

81:08

Foul by Colin Daniel (Mansfield Town).

80:25

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

80:25

Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

79:48

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

78:11

Attempt missed. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

76:18

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Liam Marsden.

74:26 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Mansfield Town. Ross Dyer replaces Ollie Palmer.

72:30

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right from a direct free kick.

71:41

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

71:41

Foul by Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town).

71:00

Attempt saved. Fabian Broghammer (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

69:35

Foul by Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers).

69:35

James Jennings (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

68:48 Booking

Booking Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

68:28 Booking

Booking John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) is shown the yellow card.

68:02

John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

68:02

Foul by Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town).

66:57

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is just a bit too high.

66:31

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by James Jennings.

66:03 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Alefe Santos replaces Seanan Clucas.

65:27

Attempt blocked. Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

65:00 Booking

Booking Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

64:43

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

64:43

Foul by Martin Riley (Mansfield Town).

62:17

Attempt missed. John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from outside the box is close, but misses to the right.

61:21

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by John-Joe O'Toole.

59:24

Attempt saved. Ritchie Sutton (Mansfield Town) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal.

58:55

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Tom Parkes.

58:15

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

58:15

Samuel Clucas (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

56:57

Attempt missed. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right.

56:30

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Lewis Price.

56:18

Attempt saved. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the bottom left corner.

54:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Bristol Rovers. Fabian Broghammer replaces Chris Beardsley.

51:07

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

51:07

Liam Marsden (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

50:20

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box misses to the left.

50:02

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by James Jennings.

46:00

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Martin Riley.

45:00

Second Half begins Bristol Rovers 0, Mansfield Town 1.

45:00 +2:03 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Bristol Rovers 0, Mansfield Town 1.

44:57

Attempt missed. Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is just a bit too high.

44:00

Martin Riley (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

43:56

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

37:39

Attempt missed. Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the left.

37:10

Foul by James Jennings (Mansfield Town).

37:10

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

35:35 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Bristol Rovers 0, Mansfield Town 1. Colin Daniel (Mansfield Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Anthony Howell with a cross.

34:33

Colin Daniel (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

34:33

Foul by John-Joe O'Toole (Bristol Rovers).

28:37

Foul by Martin Riley (Mansfield Town).

28:37

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:37

Jamie McGuire (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

25:37

Foul by David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers).

24:34

Foul by James Jennings (Mansfield Town).

24:34

Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

21:12

Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left.

20:37

Foul by James Jennings (Mansfield Town).

20:37

Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the left wing.

20:04

Attempt missed. Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers) left footed shot from the left side of the box is close, but misses to the right.

18:55 Booking

Booking Liam Marsden (Mansfield Town) is shown the yellow card.

18:39

Foul by Liam Marsden (Mansfield Town).

18:39

Kaid Mohamed (Bristol Rovers) wins a free kick on the right wing.

17:15

Ollie Palmer (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

17:15

Foul by Ollie Clarke (Bristol Rovers).

16:43

Attempt missed. Tom Parkes (Bristol Rovers) header from the right side of the six yard box is high and wide to the right.

16:11

Corner, Bristol Rovers. Conceded by Ritchie Sutton.

9:13

Corner, Mansfield Town. Conceded by Tom Lockyer.

8:24

Liam Marsden (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

8:24

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

5:42

Attempt saved. David Clarkson (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

4:10

Liam Marsden (Mansfield Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:10

Foul by Matt Harrold (Bristol Rovers).

3:30

Attempt missed. Chris Beardsley (Bristol Rovers) right footed shot from a difficult angle on the right is close, but misses the top right corner.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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