Oxford United and Bristol Rovers secured promotion to Sky Bet League 1 for next season on a breathtaking final afternoon.Oxford cruised to a 3-0 victory over Wycombe Wanderers in front of their home fans to end the campaign second in the table, but drama ensued beneath them.
With Accrington Stanley drawing 0-0 at home to Stevenage, John Coleman’s side were all set for a promotion celebration.
But, in second-half stoppage time, Bristol Rovers netted a winning goal through Lee Brown to beat Dagenham & Redbridge 2-1, and steal the final automatic promotion spot.
The triumph means it’s now back-to-back promotions for Rovers, while Stanley must settle for a place in the Sky Bet League 2 Play-Offs.
GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! AS IT STANDS, @Official_BRFC ARE GOING UP!! pic.twitter.com/QPJwB8yCxA— Sky Bet League 2 (@SkyBetLeague2) May 7, 2016
There, they’ll play AFC Wimbledon, while Plymouth Argyle and Portsmouth make up the other tie.
It was a mixed afternoon for those sides; Wimbledon beat Newport County 1-0 and Plymouth thumped Hartlepool United 5-0, but Portsmouth suffered a 2-1 defeat at the hands of champions Northampton Town.
There was also a big scoreline in the game between Notts County and Carlisle United, with the latter romping to a 5-0 success.
Elsewhere, there were final day wins for Barnet, Luton Town and Leyton Orient.
Sky Bet League 2: Matchday 46 results
Saturday 7th May 2016
Accrington Stanley 0-0 Stevenage
AFC Wimbledon 1-0 Newport County
Bristol Rovers 2-1 Dagenham & Redbridge
Crawley Town 0-3 Barnet
Luton Town 4-1 Exeter City
Mansfield Town 0-0 Cambridge United
Morecambe 1-1 York City
Notts County 0-5 Carlisle United
Oxford United 3-0 Wycombe Wanderers
Plymouth Argyle 5-0 Hartlepool United
Portsmouth 0-1 Northampton Town
Yeovil Town 0-1 Leyton Orient