Rovers relegation fears receive a boost at Wycombe

Bristol Rovers' battle to stay in the Football League has received a huge boost after they beat relegation rivals Wycombe, but Swindon's play-off hopes have been ended.

CHAMPIONSHIP

  • BRIGHTON & HOVE ALBION 2 - 0 YEOVIL TOWN
Brighton's Will Buckley (left) is challenged by Yeovil Town's Joe Ralls. Credit: Gareth Fuller/EMPICS Sport

Late goals from Kazenga LuaLua and Jesse Lingard confirmed Yeovil's relegation from the Sky Bet Championship and fired Brighton back into the play-off places on Friday night.

Substitute LuaLua struck with 11 minutes left and Lingard in stoppage time to secure a 2-0 win for the hosts and send Yeovil back to League One after one season.

The Glovers had arrived on the south coast already resigned to their fate, needing to win their remaining two games, hope everyone else around them lost theirs, and engineer a 13-goal swing.

But the Somerset side, who continue to punch above their weight while revelling in the tag 'Little Old Yeovil', were determined not to go away quietly and a battling display nearly ruined Brighton's chances of exiting the Championship in the opposite direction.

Yet Yeovil almost stunned the hosts after a quarter of an hour when Ruben Palazuelos crashed a superb effort from 25 yards against the crossbar.

The Seagulls were able to welcome Andrea Orlandi back into their side after two months on the sidelines, but the former Swansea winger looked a little rusty as he missed two gilt-edged chances in the space of two minutes.

First Lingard outstripped the Yeovil defence and crossed towards Leonardo Ulloa, but when the ball came back to Orlandi 12 yards out he blazed wide.

Moments later Will Buckley chipped the ball into the area where Orlandi dived to meet it in front of goal, but again the Spaniard was off target.

Brighton survived a scare in the 35th minute when keeper Tomasz Kuszczak came out to punch Jamie McAllister's free-kick from the halfway line, and completely missed it, but Lewis Dunk had got back on the line to prevent a bizarre goal.

Yeovil Town's Joe Ralls in action. Credit: Gareth Fuller/EMPICS Sport

The Seagulls piled forward throughout the second half but still their finishing was wayward.

Ulloa missed two headers in quick succession and Orlandi's attempted backheel in front of goal ended with the ball flying through his legs.

Brighton desperately needed a lucky break and they got it in the 79th minute when LuaLua aimed for Ulloa in the penalty area.

Once again the ball missed its intended target, but this time with the perfect outcome for Brighton as Town keeper Marek Stech was fooled by Ulloa's out-stretched leg and the ball nestled in the corner for a fortuitous goal.

Lingard doubled the lead, perhaps harshly on Yeovil, when he tucked away Solly March's pull-back moments before the end.

Yeovil's players applaud their fans following their defeat to Brighton. Credit: Gareth Fuller/EMPICS Sport

It's sad, although we knew we were going to be sad, so it's not a shock.

But I was pleased with the boys' efforts and it was fantastic that the Brighton fans applauded our lads when we walked off.

A couple of decisions went against us here, and a couple of moments of quality from Brighton. But I'm proud of the lads knowing we have given everything.

I've got a board meeting on Monday and we'll see where we are going.

Are we going to progress or are we going to have to keep pulling a rabbit out of the hat each time?

We can't keep doing that. We can't be little old Yeovil forever. It's a nice thing to be called but the whole town, the whole club, the whole area has to support it.

Brighton have a Premier League stadium and we play in a Conference stadium. We have to be doing a lot more to compete with teams like Brighton.

– Gary Johnson, Yeovil Town manager

LEAGUE ONE

  • NOTTS COUNTY 2 - 0 SWINDON TOWN
Troy Archibald-Henville was sent off for an off-the-ball incident. Credit: Nick Potts/EMPICS Sport

Swindon's hopes of reaching the League One play-offs are over, after a 2-0 defeat at relegation-threatened Notts County.

Town ended the match with nine men after having Troy Archibald-Henville and Nathan Thompson sent off in injury time.

Alan Sheehan (9) and Callum McGregor (90) were on target for County, who move out of the relegation zone.

  • BRISTOL CITY 0 - 0 CREWE ALEXANDRA
The East End stand (left) is being knocked down in the summer. Credit: Andrew Matthews/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City's final home match of the season saw fans say goodbye to the East End stand.

The single tier structure, which was City's main home end until the Atyeo stand was built, is being knocked down in the summer as part of Ashton Gate's redevelopment.

Steve Cotterill's men were unable to break the deadlock against relegation threatened Crewe.

The visitors' Matt Tootle had the best chance of the game, but somehow fired wide in the closing stages.

LEAGUE TWO

  • WYCOMBE WANDERERS 1 - 2 BRISTOL ROVERS
David Clarkson scored Rovers' second goal at Wycombe. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Bristol Rovers' battle to stay in the Football League has received a huge boost after they beat relegation rivals Wycombe.

Lee Brown's free-kick gave Rovers an 11th minute lead at Adams Park. Matt McClure equalised for the hosts 10 minutes later.

But 14 minutes from time, David Clarkson's strike earned three vital points.

The win lifts Rovers up to 21st in the table. And with second-from-bottom Northampton winning, it sends Wycombe into the bottom two along with Torquay - who were relegated today.

Rovers just need a point against Mansfield next weekend to secure their League status.

  • ROCHDALE 2 - 0 CHELTENHAM TOWN
Rochdale's Ian Henderson slides in his team's second goal against Cheltenham. Credit: PA

Already safe Cheltenham lost 2-0 at Rochdale, who are promoted to League One.

Early goals from Peter Vincenti (11) and Ian Henderson (16) proved enough for victory and Keith Hill's side could claim the championship with another win at Newport County on the final day of the season.

Rochdale players take a selfie to celebrate their promotion to League One. Credit: PA
It all goes down to the final game of the season to see who joins Torquay in the Conference.