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Latest promotions and relegations in English football – 18th April 2022

In this article, we take a look at the latest promotions and relegations in English football with the season’s end nearing ever closer.

It was a very busy Bank Holiday Monday with a number of teams going up and down, many celebrating jubilantly and others shedding a tear or two.

In the Championship, Reading came back from 4-1 down to salvage a point against Swansea and relegate Derby County, who lost 1-0 away at QPR.

Derby County will play in the third tier of English football for the first time since 1986 next season having also endured a clutch of off-field problems including administration and working under a transfer embargo

Their 21-point deduction played a major role in their demise. They were handed two separate deductions but it proved a step too far.

Luke Amos struck late for QPR and Derby couldn’t force an equaliser that would have seen them live to fight another day. To add insult to injury Derby captain Tom Lawrence was handed a red card in stoppage time.

Derby would be on 52 points and in 17th place in the table if not for the points deductions this season.

Doncaster Rovers were just minutes from getting relegated from League One, however they live to fight another day, after Kyle Knoyle produced an equaliser at Shrewsbury.

Championship full time headlines

Derby County are relegated to League One following their 1-0 defeat by QPR and Reading’s 4-4 draw with Swansea City.

Luke Amos’ goal with two minutes to go was the difference at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium and maintains Rangers’ hopes of the play-offs.

Reading had been 4-1 down early in the second half before Tom McIntyre scored an equaliser in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Peterborough and Barnsley still have chances of surviving.

But it’s Posh who have the greater hope after beating Barnsley 2-0 at Oakwell.

At the other end, Bournemouth beat Coventry City 3-0 with two goals from Dominic Solanke to restore their four-point cushion in second.

Earlier, Huddersfield won for the third game in four with a 2-0 win at Middlesbrough that further dented the hosts’ play-off hopes.

Luton Town keep pace with the Terriers after a 1-0 win at Cardiff City.

Millwall go level on points with sixth-placed Sheffield United with a 2-1 win against Hull City.

Blackburn see playoff hopes dented once more as they lose 1-0 at home to Stoke City.

League Two full-time headlines

Leaders Forest Green on the verge of promotion after beating lowly Oldham 2-0.

Second-placed Exeter City fall to defeat at play-off chasing Tranmere and fifth-placed Bristol Rovers beat Port Vale.

Northampton close the gap on the Valiants to two points with a comfortable home win over Harrogate.

Barrow draw 2-2 at Salford and Stevenage are held to a 1-1 draw at already-relegated Scunthorpe.

Ten-man Bradford fall to a 3-0 defeat at Colchester United.

In the Northern Premier League – Premier Division, Witton Albion’s relegation was confirmed after losing 2-0 away at 3rd place Warrington Town.

South Shields have blown their title bid after losing 3-2 at home to Whitby while leaders Buxton won 1-0 over 5th place Matlock Town.

Lowestoft Town are relegated from the Southern League – Premier Central after losing 1-0 at home to Needham Market.

Merthyr Town lost 3-1 at home to Swindon Supermarine, and Kings Langley’s 4-2 win against Hendon means the Welsh outfit are relegated from the Southern League – Premier South.

Over in the Northern Premier League – East Division, Pickering Town have been relegated having lost 4-1 at home to Bridlington Town.

Wisbech Town have been relegated from the Northern Premier League – Midlands Division after losing 2-0 away to already relegated Soham Town Rangers.

Aveley have been crowned champions of the Isthmian League – North Division with a 4-0 victory over Tilbury.

Staines Town are going down from the Isthmian League – South Central Division after losing 3-1 away at Tooting & Mitcham United.

Hanley Town have also been crowned champions of the Midlands Premier League, cue the celebrations.

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