We all knew it was coming and we all hoped that it wouldn't be too painful to go through but today was just that. Painful! And comical too.
In the past few weeks we've seen some better performances from a team with one eye on the drop and finally a glimpse into what Colin Gordon hopes to achieve with his team playing the 'Kidderminster Way'. Sadly today Barrow had no intention of complementing Colins dream and in fact showed us what to expect next season in the North. Eleven six footers punting the ball into the heavens and stifling any creativity that our team of ballet dancers could hope to muster.
Yes, today was the day that we finally went down and what a disappointing day it was. With the other teams around us facing tough games we knew that we wouldn't have a better chance of three points even though it would all be in vain by the time the last game of the season came around. As it was Halifax, Altrincham, Guiseley and Welling all lost but Boreham Wood scored a late winner at Aldershot to send us down anyway but it still hurts.
It had all started quite well with a little nervousness on show from us but as the game went on Barrows game plan became obvious with countless off the ball incidents and blatant cheating by some players going down injured and then getting up and walking away. The shockingly poor referee didn't help matters either with his eccentric decision making when he failed to book those cheats.
And they say they never prosper? They came close to it when a header was cleared off the line by Keith Lowe after Dean Snedker was beaten.
We had two similar chances soon after when their keeper Joel Dixon fumbled and dropped a shot from outside the area from Ben Whitfield and watched as it bobbled past the post. If he had been further towards the centre of the goal it would have gone in. Soon after Ben charged a poor Dixon clearance down and took the ball back towards him as he struggled to stay on his feet but Ben then went and shot straight at him when a sidestep could have reaped a better outcome.