The Football League Paper - - LEAGUE ONE - By Andy Cooke

SCUN­THORPE pro­duced a grand­stand fin­ish to top­ple pro­mo­tion-chas­ing Swin­don Town – but were still rel­e­gated from League One with man­ager Brian Laws ad­mit­ting it has been com­ing for some time.

Goals from Michael Collins, Mark Duffy and Karl Haw­ley from the 88th minute on­wards saw the Iron snatch vic­tory from the jaws of de­feat against the Robins.

But Colch­ester’s win at Carlisle still con­demned them to a bot­tom four fin­ish.

“We’re all dis­ap­pointed be­cause we did our part, which was to win the game,” said Laws.

“We had to rely heav­ily on Carlisle pro­duc­ing a per­for­mance to give us a glim­mer of hope and un­for­tu­nately the great es­cape wasn’t to be.

“We gave it a right go, so we’ve still got some self-pride. I wanted the sup­port­ers to see that in the last of the sea­son. “It’s not about what we should have done in this match and what Carlisle could have done for us, it’s about what we should have done in the pre­vi­ous 45.

“It’s a shame be­cause for the last two or three sea­sons the club has been suf­fer­ing.

“It’s al­ways been a fight ev­ery year – there’s no pos­i­tiv­ity – and even­tu­ally that catches you up. It’s caught us now.”

Scun­thorpe flew out of the blocks at Glan­ford Park, but could not find the qual­ity to match their in­dus­try.

In­stead, they were grate­ful to goal­keeper Sam Slo­combe for a se­ries of stun­ning stops to keep things goal­less, as well as a lines­man’s flag, which ruled out Gary Roberts’ header for off­side.

Hav­ing looked the like­lier scor­ers all af­ter­noon, the Robins took the lead in the 83rd minute when James Collins slid in to meet a right-wing cross.

But af­ter a brief pitch in­va­sion from the home crowd, the Iron quickly replied with Michael Collins’ pow­er­ful vol­ley.

Five min­utes into stop­page time Duffy con­verted from the penalty spot, af­ter Robins keeper Wes Foder­ing­ham had brought down James Alabi.

And Haw­ley headed in at the near post to cap a Swin­don ca­pit­u­la­tion – only for Scun­thorpe’s joy to be short-lived.

De­feat does not af­fect Swin­don’s place in the play-offs, but it does mean they will now face Brent­ford, rather than Yeovil, af­ter fin­ish­ing sixth.

“In the end you’ve got to beat two teams to get into the Cham­pi­onship. All four teams are good teams,” said Robins’ man­ager Kevin Mac­Don­ald.

“Brent­ford will prob­a­bly be dis­ap­pointed about fin­ish­ing third, but we’re dis­ap­pointed about sixth.

“For 90 out of the 98 min­utes I thought we were the bet­ter side and in con­trol. We should have wrapped the game up, we had enough ex­pe­ri­ence on the pitch to run the clock down.

“But I’ve got to say well done to Scun­thorpe for the way they ap­proached the last ten min­utes.”

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