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Summary

  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

All times stated are UK

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  1. Thank you and goodbye

    Hartlepool

    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.

  2. Newport complete the great escape

    FT: Newport 2-1 Notts County

    Newport players celebrate

    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.

  3. 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.

  4. League Two play-off dates

    Exeter to face Carlisle again

    Keith Curle

    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   

  5. 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
  6. '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."

  7. There's some people on the pitch...

    FT: Portsmouth 6-1 Cheltenham

    Quite a party going on at Fratton Park.

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  8. 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.

  9. Post update

    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.

  10. Post update

    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."

  11. FULL-TIME

    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

  12. FULL-TIME

    Portsmouth 6-1 Cheltenham

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

    What a way to win the league!

    Portsmouth champions
  13. FULL-TIME

    Newport 2-1 Notts County

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

    Hartlepool relegated
  14. FULL-TIME

    Hartlepool 2-1 Doncaster

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

  15. Post update

    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.

  16. Post update

    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.

  17. GOAL - Newport 2-1 Notts County

    Mark O'Brien

    Incredible drama and heartbreak for Hartlepool.

  18. Post update

    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.

  19. 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.

  20. Post update

    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.