Northampton Town and Oldham Athletic will both be League Two clubs next season after a 2-2 draw relegated both sides.
The late defeat to Walsall last weekend left Northampton in need of a mathematical miracle, but a Rochdale win over Charlton Athletic meant it would have counted for nothing, and confirms Northampton’s return to League Two two years after winning the 4th division title.
However, it was also despair for the Latics, who needed a win to confirm their survival but instead followed the Cobblers, MK Dons and Bury into the 4th tier.
Oldham had struck first after George Edmundson bundled the ball over the line at a visitors corner.
But the away side would find themselves behind at half-time. Northampton’s first goal came from the penalty spot after Jeremy Placide failed to hold on to a loose ball and then duly fouled Sam Hoskins, with Matt Grimes converting the consequently spot-kick.
Northampton then got themselves in front in first half added time, as Ash Taylor put in the rebound after Leon Barnett’s initial strike was tipped onto the post.
Tom Hamer would bring the visitors level when he turned in a free-kick just after the hour. But Oldham became more urgent when Rochdale took the lead.
However, there was to be no 5th goal in the game, which ultimately ended up in Rochdale surviving at the expense of both the two combatants at Sixfields, and ensuring that Northampton & Oldham will meet again in League Two next season.