Exeter beat Barrow to go up and Wigan's promotion party halted

Exeter come from behind to beat Barrow to ensure promotion to League One, while Wigan’s return to Championship is delayed as Sheffield Wednesday make a big leap for an immediate return

  • Exeter join Forest Green Rovers in being promoted to League One
  • Mansfield win 2-0 at home to Stevenage in bid for the final automatic spot
  • Wigan, in League One, see their promotion party halted as Portsmouth stage a remarkable comeback against the league leaders
  • Sheffield Wednesday move to fifth after 3-2 win away at Fleetwood¬†

Exeter skipper Matt Jay ensured the Grecians made the most of already-promoted Forest Green Rovers’ slip as they came from behind to beat Barrow 2-1 and secure their own promotion out of League Two in the process.

Trailing to Cameron Dawson’s early own goal, they levelled through Kieran Phillips before Jay clinched the points 12 minutes from time to send them level with the leaders.

Second-half strikes from George Lapslie and Matty Longstaff handed Mansfield a 2-0 home win over Stevenage which leaves them just a point shy of the final automatic promotion place.

Exeter fans invaded the playing area as their team confirmed their place in League One for next season

Alistair Smith’s double either side of Richie Bennett’s goal handed Sutton a 3-0 win over Crawley to keep alive their hopes of back-to-back promotions.

Last season’s National League champions were 2-0 ahead after just seven minutes and will head into their penultimate fixture occupying the final play-off berth.

Elsewhere, first-half goals from Louie Barry and Jack Payne ensured the race for the title will go down to the wire as 10-man Swindon beat leaders Forest Green.

The Robins, who are now just two points adrift of the play-off places with as many games to play, went in at the break 2-0 up, but after Ellis Iandolo was sent off for a second bookable offence, saw Josh March reduce the deficit and were left hanging on to claim a 2-1 victory.  

Wigan’s Callum Lang is dejected after the defeat at Portsmouth that leaves the club looking over their shoulder

Substitute Aiden O’Brien put Wigan’s promotion champagne on ice as Portsmouth staged a remarkable fightback to snatch a dramatic 3-2 victory over the League One leaders.

O’Brien, who joined Pompey from Sunderland in January, fired home an 87th-minute winner at Fratton Park after George Hirst had struck twice inside three second-half minutes to cancel out the 2-0 lead the Latics had taken in at the break courtesy of goals from Callum Lang and Will Keane.

Wigan will now head into Saturday’s final day trip to Shrewsbury two points clear of Rotherham in second place and three better off than MK Dons in third with a superior goal difference, but knowing they have little margin for error.

The Millers, however, were unable to take full advantage as defender Michael Ihiekwe scored at both ends in a 1-1 draw at Sunderland.

Ihiekwe had headed the visitors into a 17th-minute lead, but then turned the ball into his own net with just two minutes to play at the Stadium of Light.

Lee Gregory’s hat-trick ensured Sheffield Wednesday were the big movers on the night in the third tier

Lee Gregory’s hat-trick ensured Sheffield Wednesday were the big movers on the night as they climbed into fifth after a 3-2 win at Fleetwood.


Gregory’s fourth-minute opener got the visitors off to the perfect start, but they found themselves trailing 2-1 at the break when Callum Camps and then Joe Garner struck.

However, the Owls frontman was not to be denied and completed his treble with 73rd and 74th-minute strikes to win it, in the process leaving Fleetwood needing to equal Gillingham’s result at the weekend to avoid the drop barring a heavy defeat and a sizeable win for Wimbledon.

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