Yeovil Town completed a comfortable 3-1 victory over Stockport County this afternoon, relegating their hosts to League Two in the process.
Two goals from Gavin Williams and another from Dean Bowditch put the Glovers three up and although George Donnelly grabbed a late consolation for the Hatters, the result never seemed in doubt. The home side's misery was compounded when Greg Tansey was stretchered off after only coming on as a sub ninety seconds previously.
In front of a muted home crowd, seemingly accepting the almost inevitable drop to League Two, former Glovers winger David Poole had County's first two sights of goal. Firstly he headed straight into the arms of Alex McCarthy before then forcing the on-loan Reading keeper into a flying save to deny his curling effort.
Dean Bowditch had the Glovers first clear opportunity but he sidefooted his effort wide after being set up by the instrumental Gavin Williams with a jinking run but the two combined four minutes later to give the visitors the lead.
Andy Welsh swung in a free kick, Williams headed the clearance back into the danger area and Bowditch turned and thumped home the first.
Poole had his third sight of goal but his volley went harmlessly wide as County tried to force the pace somewhat. Both Terrell Forbes and Gavin Tomlin earned yellow cards from referee Geoff Eltringham rather unfairly.
Yeovil's second came just after the half hour. Nathan Smith's long throw was only partially cleared and after the ball bobbled around in the area, Williams smashed a volley past the helpless Owain fon Williams.
Yeovil played their best football for many weeks now and Williams, Bowditch and Caulker all went close to adding a third decisive goal. The only response came from a County corner where first Tomlin headed off the line and then McCarthy saved with his feet.
The second half was quiet in comparison with the pitch more than playing a nuisance role in proceedings. There was little in the way of action for the third quarter in the game save for the unfortunate injury to Tansey who had come on for James Vincent only to find himself stretchered off minutes later.
Aidan Downes replaced Bowditch and he created the third goal for the Glovers. Shaun MacDonald's brilliance down the left sent Downes away and his cross was met with a glancing header at the near post by Willaims for his third goal in three games.
George Donnelly replied with nine minutes left to give County forlorn hope when he turned and fired into the roof of the net after a corenr from the impressive David Perkins but it was too little too late.
A couple of weak efforts from Jabo Ibehre and Donnelly again were all that Stockport could muster and the game, and their League One status, were both gone.
Keiran Murtagh and Scott Murray came on late for Welsh and Tomlin as manager Terry Skiverton gave his squad a brief run out but the home crowd in the attendance of 3,587 filed quietly home knowing that League Two was awaiting them.