Stuttering Stevenage held at Huish Park

PUBLISHED: 13:46 01 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:52 01 May 2017

Josh McQuoid.

Josh McQuoid.

Danny Loo Photography 2017

Stevenage have been nudged out of the play-offs after a draw at Yeovil Town.

Darren Sarll’s side went into Saturday’s game just inside the top seven, but despite coming back from a goal down early in the second period they could only manage a draw at Huish Park.

That result allowed Carlisle to vault past both them and Blackpool into sixth place following their win at home to Newport County.

They are on 68 points with Blackpool in seventh on 67. Boro are now one place below and outside the play-offs on goal difference.

The draw makes it five without a win for Stevenage and they continue to lack adequate firepower with the injured Matt Godden - broken toe - being sorely missed.

Sarll’s men must now win against Accrington Stanley this Saturday and hope that either Blackpool slip up against troubled basement club Leyton Orient or Carlisle fail to pick up all three points at fellow promotion hopefuls Exeter City.

A draw is unlikely to be good enough for Boro even if Blackpool lose as there are four other teams hovering within striking distance should they slip up.

Boro had enough chances to win the game at Yeovil, but they fell behind just before half-time when Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro volleyed home Otis Khan’s cross for the lead.

Josh McQuoid’s close-range finish pulled Stevenage back level eight minutes into the second half but despite their efforts and a number of chances they just couldn’t turn one home for the winner.

Steve Schumacher forced Jonny Maddison into a save before the Yeovil keeper was called into action again to deny Jobi McAnuff.

Francois Zoko went close for the hosts but flicked his shot just off target as the game finished as a draw.

Yeovil Town: Maddison, Shephard, Smith, Lacey, Dickson, Whitfield (Butcher 90+3), Lawless, Dolan, Khan, Zoko, Akpa-Akpro. Subs: Mugabi, Eaves, Sowunmi, Goodship, James, Harrison.

Stevenage: Jones, Henry, Wells, King, Ogilvie, Lee (Gray 75), McQuoid (Wilkinson 81), Schumacher, Pett, MacAnuff, Kennedy (Tonge 69). Subs: Day, Franks, Gorman, Ntlhe.

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