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  1. Hartlepool relegated to National League despite 2-1 win over Doncaster
  2. Sub Devante Rodney scored twice as Pools came from behind
  3. Mark O'Brien scored late winner as Newport beat Notts County 2-1 to stay up
  4. Portsmouth win title after 6-1 thrashing of Cheltenham
  5. Carlisle and Blackpool take final play-off places
  6. Get involved at #bbcefl

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By Ian Woodcock and Owen Phillips

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So that's it for Hartlepool in the EFL.

They beat Doncaster 2-1 but Newport's win over Notts County means it counted for nothing.

After 96 years in the Football League They will start next season in the National League.

Football might only be a game but relegation, however it comes, is utterly devastating.

Thank you for your company today and we will be back tomorrow for the final day of the Championship season.

Enjoy your evening.

Newport complete the great escape

FT: Newport 2-1 Notts County

Newport players celebrate
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Newport went into today's game two points clear of 23rd placed Hartlepool.

They looked to be cruising to safety after Mickey Demetriou's goal gave them the lead.

However, Jorge Grant's leveller coupled with Devante Rodney's double for Hartlepool turned the situation on its head.

Luckily for the Exiles there was one final twist as Mark O'Brien fired in his first ever goal in the EFL to keep his team up in dramatic fashion.

Newport were 11 points adrift in March before Mike Flynn took over.

What happened at the top

FT: Portsmouth 6-1 Cheltenham

Portsmouth fans celebrate

Portsmouth started the day in third but were top after 13 minutes when they took the lead after Plymouth had gone a goal behind at Grimsby.

They dropped down to second when Doncaster took the lead at Victoria Park before going back to the top after Devante Rodney's first goal for Hartlepool.

Plymouth pulled a goal back against Grimsby but could not find a title-winning second as Pompey ran riot at Fratton Park.

League Two play-off dates

Exeter to face Carlisle again

Keith Curle
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So after all the drama we now know who faces who in the League Two play-off semi-finals.

Intruiging stuff with Carlisle coming up against Exeter, who they had to beat to make the top seven.

First legs, Sunday, 14 May (18:30 BST)

Blackpool v Luton Town

Carlisle United v Exeter City

Second legs, Thursday, 18 May (19:45 BST)

Luton Town v Blackpool

Exeter City v Carlisle United   

The final play-off picture

So close for Colchester

The play-off puzzle is complete. Carlisle and Blackpool join Luton and Exeter in extending their season for at least two more games.

Final-day heartache for Colchester and Wycombe, who both won their fixtures but miss out by a point. 

Had Carlisle not won, Colchester would now be dreaming of promotion via a Wembley win.

Play-off picture

'Everyone has to come together'

FT: Hartlepool 2-1 Doncaster

Matthew Bates

Hartlepool caretaker Matthew Bates told Sky Sports:

"I can't look back at what happened before I took over. The players have been magnificent for me in the last two weeks. It has been humbling.

"It's hard to say how I feel at the moment. We looked dead and buried at half-time but we just tried to lift the lads.

"We could only do what we did and we needed the football gods to look down on us but they didn't.

"Why are we relegated? We didn't win enough games and we just didn't have the consistency.

"Everyone needs to get together to bounce back. This club will be here tomorrow."

There's some people on the pitch...

FT: Portsmouth 6-1 Cheltenham

Quite a party going on at Fratton Park.

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Pompey take League Two title

FT: Portsmouth 6-1 Cheltenham

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They join Burnley, Sheffield United, Wolves and Preston in claiming all four titles.

FT: Newport 2-1 Notts County

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Contrasting emotions in south Wales.

Mark O'Brien's 89th minute goal saved the Exiles and ensured he'll never have to pay for a pint in that part of the world again in his life.

FT: Hartlepool 2-1 Doncaster

Hartlepool gave it their absolute all today but it's been in vain and their 96-year spell in the Football League is over.

Captain Nicky Featherstone told Sky Sports:

"We've done our part today but unfortunately Newport have got the win.

"I'm absolutely gutted for the fans and everyone at the club.

"At one point we thought Notts County had made it 2-2 but it wasn't to be.

"It's difficult to know what happens next but we have a good set of lads and a great fanbase."


Exeter 2-3 Carlisle, Blackpool 3-1 Leyton Orient

Carlisle and Blackpool started the day occupying the two play-off places still up for grabs and they end the day that way too.

But the journey was far from smooth. Carlisle twice trailed but two Danny Grainger penalties and a Jamie Proctor header gave them victory against Exeter.

Blackpool were cruising at 2-0 up against Leyton Orient and, despite the Londoners pulling a goal back, they saw out a 3-1 win. 

Colchester did all they could, beating Yeovil 2-0, but it means nothing in the end


Portsmouth 6-1 Cheltenham

Doncaster's narrow defeat means that Portsmouth have taken the title.

What a way to win the league!

Portsmouth champions


Newport 2-1 Notts County

Mark O'Brien's late winner saves Newport and condemns Hartlepool to the National League.

Hartlepool relegated
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Hartlepool 2-1 Doncaster

Hartlepool have won but it's not enough...

Hartlepool 2-1 Doncaster

The atmosphere has gone completely flat at Victoria Park.

There's two minutes of stoppage time here but unless anything changes at Newport then Hartlepool are down.

Newport 2-1 Notts County

A ball into the box comes to Mark O'Brien and he controls brilliantly before smashing in from eight yards.

If Newport can keep Notts County out for four minutes of stoppage time then they are staying up.

GOAL - Newport 2-1 Notts County

Mark O'Brien

Incredible drama and heartbreak for Hartlepool.

Hartlepool 2-1 Doncaster

What an impact Devante Rodney has had.

Brought on for his fourth appearance in senior football with 23 minutes to go the 18-year-old's first two career goals could keep Hartlepool in the EFL.

Into the final minute.

Blackpool on track & Carlisle nerves

Play-off race

Blackpool look secure again, thanks to a 3-1 lead over Leyton Orient as we enter enter the final 10 minutes in that game.

Can Carlisle hold on to their 3-2 lead against Exeter and the other play-off place? If they don't then Colchester could pip them.

Hartlepool 2-1 Doncaster

So close from Doncaster midfielder Conor Grant.

The midfielder rolls his 25 yard effort just past the post.

Into the final three minutes.

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Jimmy Spencer
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It's game on at Blundell Park as Plymouth chase the League Two title. 

Jimmy Spencer had gone 17 games without a goal, but equalises moments after being thrown on.

The Pilgrims have three strikers on, all more than six foot tall - this last 10 minutes won't be pretty, but it could be title-winning.

Newport 1-1 Notts County

Newport County are going down on goal difference as it stands.

The Exiles have got to find a goal now.

Hartlepool 2-1 Doncaster

Davante Rodney scores
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Doncaster pile forward looking for a goal to give them the title and the ball is thumped clear by Bradley Walker.

Padraig Amond latches on to the ball before teeing up Devante Rodney who shows superb compsore to cut inside before smashing the ball into the net.

Hartlepool are staying up unless Newport can find a goal.

GOAL - Hartlepool 2-1 Doncaster

Devante Rodney

Super sub!

Hartlepool 1-1 Doncaster

Into the last 10 minutes at Victoria Park where home defender Carl Magnay is in the book for a cynical foul on the halfway line.

Newport 1-1 Notts County

Notts County striker Jon Stead sees a header cleared off the line as the Magpies go in search of a winner.

GOAL - Exeter 2-3 Carlisle

Jamie Proctor

Carlisle are in the play-off spots again.

A long throw sees an unchallenged Jamie Proctor nod home.

Is it heartache for Colchester who have just gone 2-0 up against Yeovil thanks to Tarique Fosu-Henry's second goal of the day? 

They drop out of the top seven - for now.

Hartlepool 1-1 Doncaster

Devante Rodney sends a deep cross just over the Doncaster crossbar.

Rovers look rattled right now.

Pools have 12 minutes to find the goal that could save their EFL status.

The visitors bring on veteran Gary McSheffrey for Craig Alcock.

Newport 1-1 Notts County

I'm absolutely sure they'll know what's just happened on Teesside down in Wales.

The hosts make a double change with Marlon Jackon and Sean Rigg coming on for Lenell John-Lewis and Mark Randall.

We're into the last 13 minutes.

Stevenage trail, Carlisle level

Play-off race

Oh dear Stevenage. Just a goal away from getting in the play-off places, but not if it goes to the away side.

Billy keeps his nerve from the penalty spot and Accrington take a 1-0 lead. Two goals needed for the hosts to stand any chance.

Meanwhile Danny Grainger's second penalty of the day sees Carlisle make it 2-2 against Exeter. Another Cumbrians goal and they will make the play-offs.

Hartlepool 1-1 Doncaster

It's a real mess but Hartlepool will not care one bit.

Devante Rodney slots in after Doncaster make a real mess of clearing the ball and Padraig Amond's cross-shot is not dealt with.

It's Rodney's first ever league goal.

One more goal will keep Hartlepool up while, as it stands, Portsmouth will win the league on goal difference.

GOAL - Hartlepool 1-1 Doncaster

Dervante Rodney

Could they do it?!

Hartlepool 0-1 Doncaster

Hartlepool make their final change, with Connor Simpson coming on for Rhys Oates.

Meanwhile, Doncaster make their second substitute as veteran James Coppinger makes way for Aaron Taylor-Sinclair.

GOAL Portsmouth ease clear against Cheltenham

Portsmouth 3-0 Cheltenham

Portsmouth are doing all they can to win the League Two title as they now lead Cheltenham 3-0 after two goals in four minutes.

Kyle Bennett made it 2-0 with a  mazy run and deflected finish from 18 yards before setting up Kal Naismith to put the result beyond doubt.

While Doncaster lead, the best Pompey can do is finish second.

Hartlepool 0-1 Doncaster

Doncaster goalkeeper Ian Lawlor scrambles across to keep out Bradley Walker's effort.

It might have been going wide bu the on-loan Manchester City man probably did right to make sure.

GOAL - Wycombe 1-0 Cambridge

Scott Kashket

Wycombe are doing all they can to make the top seven, but they are still outside the play-offs on goal difference.

Adebayo Akinfenwa nods the ball across goal and Scott Kashket can hardly miss his header from two yards. 

A deserved goal for the dominant hosts.

Blackpool and Colchester remain in the box seat.

Hartlepool 0-1 Doncaster

The Newport goal has really lifted the mood at Victoria Park but the Pools players have got to do their bit now.

Striker Devante Rodney is on in place of midfielder Nicky Featherstone.

GOAL - Grimsby 1-1 Plymouth

Jimmy Spencer

Plymouth fans
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Plymouth's Green Army have found their voice at Grimsby because their side are level.

Jimmy Spencer comes on as a substitute and within seconds races clear to slot in and make it 1-1.

It doesn't change anything as it stands, but one more goal without conceding and Argyle will win the League Two title.

Newport 1-1 Notts County

Jorge Grant equalises for Notts County with a goal from close range.

The Exiles are still safe unless Hartlepool can find two goals against Doncaster.

GOAL - Newport 1-1 Notts County

Jorge Grant

A lifeline for Hartlepool?