Match ends, Southend United 1, Newport County 1.
Southend United's 101-year stay in the Football League ended with a 1-1 draw with Newport County which saw the Exiles seal a play-off place.
Southend's relegation was confirmed last weekend, but that did not stop Phil Brown's team giving Newport a final-day scare.
Shaun Hobson put the hosts ahead but Mickey Demetriou headed home to level.
Tom King then saved Matt Rush's penalty to give Newport the point which set up a play-off clash with Forest Green.
Mike Flynn's side season finish the regular season in fifth, one place above Forest Green, while Southend ended in 23rd.
The Shrimpers had threatened early on through veteran Greg Halford before Newport failed to deal with a corner and defender Hobson stabbed in just his second goal of the season.
Newport were fortunate not to concede a second when Halford inexplicably fired over from point-bank range.
Wales international midfielder Josh Sheehan's free-kick was well saved by Southend's Mark Oxley before Demetriou rose highest to nod in his third goal in as many games from Aaron Lewis' long throw.
Southend were then awarded a contentious penalty, possibly for handball by Liam Shephard, but King guessed right to deny Rush.
There was concern for Newport as skipper Joss Labadie limped off injured.
Newport manager Mike Flynn:
"It's never ever going to be the simple way. It's just not in our DNA.
"But listen, the players deserve all the accolades. They have been written off at times but they have been outstanding this season and if we'd been a little bit more clinical, we would definitely have been in that top three.
"We have conceded a poor goal today, then we scored probably a poor goal - it was a great header from Mickey mind - then the penalty was never a penalty. Liam Shephard got pulled and it's hit his hand."
- 5HobsonBooked at 51mins
- 42HartSubstituted forKyprianouat 7'minutes
- 11EgbriSubstituted forCokerat 88'minutes
- 7OlayinkaSubstituted forHackett-Fairchildat 83'minutes
- 21RushSubstituted forGoodshipat 83'minutes
- 23HalfordBooked at 41mins
- 4LabadieSubstituted forDolanat 75'minutes
- 9AmondSubstituted forTaylorat 79'minutes
- John Brooks
- Shots on Target
Second Half ends, Southend United 1, Newport County 1.
Ryan Taylor (Newport County) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Elvis Bwomono (Southend United).
Offside, Newport County. Ryan Haynes tries a through ball, but Ryan Taylor is caught offside.
Substitution, Southend United. Oliver Coker replaces Terrell Egbri.
Corner, Newport County. Conceded by Elvis Bwomono.
Substitution, Southend United. Reeco Hackett-Fairchild replaces James Olayinka.
Substitution, Southend United. Brandon Goodship replaces Matt Rush.
Offside, Southend United. Tyler Cordner tries a through ball, but Terrell Egbri is caught offside.
Substitution, Newport County. Ryan Taylor replaces Padraig Amond.
Offside, Southend United. John White tries a through ball, but Matt Rush is caught offside.
Offside, Southend United. Elvis Bwomono tries a through ball, but Greg Halford is caught offside.
Substitution, Newport County. Matthew Dolan replaces Joss Labadie because of an injury.
Foul by Mickey Demetriou (Newport County).
Matt Rush (Southend United) wins a free kick on the right wing.
Foul by Joss Labadie (Newport County).
Harry Kyprianou (Southend United) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Liam Shephard.
Corner, Southend United. Conceded by Mickey Demetriou.