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A look at the final day in the fourth tier...

L2 round-up: Crawley make the play-offs as Sutton go down

2024/04/27 17:40

Despite knowing our top three in League Two already there were play-off places and one relegation spot still to decide on the final day.

Barrow went into this game seventh in the table taking up the final play-off place but they knew it would be a difficult task to stay there as they took on the already-promoted Mansfield Town.

Indeed, it was the Stags who took the lead in Cumbria through George Maris in the 17th minute.

The home side battled back though and drew level in the second period through Kian Spence.

A draw wasn't enough for Barrow though who finished eighth after Crawley Town snuck into the final play-off place. Danilo Orsi and Klaidi Lolos both scored in the first half to get the Red Devils a 2-0 win at home to Grimsby Town.

That result means Crawley will take on the MK Dons in their play-off semi-final.

Speaking of the Dons, they played out an entertaining 4-4 draw at home to Sutton United. Sutton were fighting for their life in the hopes of overtaking Colchester United. Things weren't going well when the visitors found themselves two goals down at half-time. 

They battled back in a thrilling game and eventually earned a draw through Harry Smith's stoppage-time leveller. Regardless, they drop down to the National League alongside the already-relegated Forest Green Rovers.

Even if Sutton had found an even later winner in that game it wouldn't have been enough with Colchester United earning a draw at home to Crewe Alexandra – though Colchester were leading until the 92nd minute.

That result made no difference to Crewe though who will take on Doncaster Rovers in their play-off game.

League Two final scores (Matchweek 46)

MK Dons 4-4 Sutton United
Gillingham 2-2 Doncaster Rovers
Salford City 2-2 Harrogate Town
Swindon Town 3-3 Morecambe
Wrexham 2-1 Stockport County                
Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Notts County
Crawley Town 2-0 Grimsby Town
Accrington Stanley 4-1 Tranmere Rovers
Barrow 1-1 Mansfield Town
Bradford City 4-1 Newport County
Colchester United 1-1 Crewe Alexandra
Wimbledon 5-1 Walsall


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2024-04-27 19h35m by eyoungs8
Disappointing end to the season for Barrow, losing their play-off spot to Crawley Town. Tough luck but congrats to Mansfield for securing promotion. Looking forward to seeing MK Dons vs Crawley in the play-offs.
2024-04-27 19h20m by hturnerford
Tough end to the season for Barrow, but congratulations to Mansfield for securing promotion and Crawley for making it into the play-offs. Good luck in the semis against MK Dons!
2024-04-27 18h58m by nlawson12
As a football fan, I have to say I am extremely grateful for the exciting final day of League Two. Congratulations to all the teams who secured their spots in the play-offs and commiserations to Barrow for narrowly missing out. It just goes to show the competitiveness of the league and the determination of each team to fight until the very end. Looking forward to an intense and thrilling play-off semi-final between Crawley and MK Dons. Bring it on!
2024-04-27 18h30m by awalkerson7
Wow, what a nail-biting final day in League Two! Congrats to Mansfield Town on their promotion, but tough luck for Barrow who just missed out on the play-offs. Excited to see Crawley Town face off against the MK Dons in the semi-finals, gonna be a thrilling match!
2024-04-27 18h08m by ocollinsworth
Wow, what an exciting final day of League Two action! Congrats to Mansfield on their promotion. As a football fan, I have to give props to Barrow for their fighting spirit and drawing level against the champs. Tough luck on missing out on the playoffs though. And a big shoutout to Crawley for sneaking in and securing that last spot. Good luck in the semis against MK Dons!
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