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Latest promotions and relegations in English football – 9th 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.

David Artell guided Crewe Alexandra to promotion from League Two in 2019-20 – but their stay in the third tier lasted just two seasons.

The Railwaymen have been relegated from League One following Saturday’s 2-0 loss at Doncaster Rovers with Tommy Rowe and Josh Martin scoring either side of half-time to condemn the club to their eighth successive loss – and their 15th in 16 games.

Crewe were only promoted to the third tier in 2019-20 but, finishing 12th last season, but have ended up suffering relegation with four matches still to play.

Doncaster, 23rd in the table, boosted their own survival hopes by stopping their six-game winless run with a victory that leaves them five points from safety.

Graham McGarry, BBC Radio Stoke’s Crewe Alexandra reporter since 1988: “The current managerial team and the squad of Crewe Alexandra players will look back on the 2021-2022 season as one of the worst in the modern-day history of the club.

“Unfortunately the team’s poor performances have led to many unwanted statistics, which are now associated to this group. But the loss of their League One status is top of that list.

“The departure of five players who featured heavily last season all to Championship clubs, dreadful recruitment, long-term injuries, and the switching of systems and personnel far too often have all played a part in why Crewe are swapping Charlton for Colchester come next August.

“At any other club than Crewe, with such a shocking set of results, the manager would have been fired.

“But it looks pretty certain that David Artell will be handed the opportunity to lead a massive rebuilding programme – and he will need to hit the ground running in August or he may not be around to celebrate a sixth year in charge.”

Played 42
Won 6
Drew 7
Lost 29
Goals For – 32
Goals Against – 78
Goal Difference – minus 46
Points – 25

Manager David Artell said after the game: “I can only apologise to the fans for the season we’ve had, it’s been a season to forget for lots of reasons and it culminates in this afternoon.

“I’ve learnt more in this last 12 months than I had in the previous four-and-a-half years without a shadow of a doubt.

“I’m number one in the firing line as responsibility travels upwards and the fact that none of the fans were having a go at any of the players shows the good job I do at protecting the lads.

“I’m going to carry on until somebody tells me otherwise; we’ve rebuilt once and we’ll do it again, I can promise people that.”

Scunthorpe United’s 72-year tenure in the English Football League is all but ended after they were thrashed 4-0 by Mansfield Town.

The Iron – who have won just four times for the current campaign – must win their final five matches and hope that two of Oldham, Barrow or Stevenage get fewer than two more points if they are to avoid the drop due to their vastly inferior goal difference.

Scunny fans invaded the pitch with 15 minutes remaining to protest at what seems to be their club’s impeding relegation.

This came after fans had already thrown tennis balls onto the field.

Meanwhile, down in non league, Worthing have sealed promotion to the National League South, clinched with a 2-0 victory at Bowers & Pitsea thanks to goals from Ollie Pearce and Jasper Pattenden in front of a large following of their own club’s fans.

They led the table with just ten games to go when the 2019-20 season was made null and void, but they fought on after disappointment, going top again when the 2020-21 season also was curtailed, with more than half the games still to be played.

Finally however, Worthing and their growing fanbase got what has been long deserved – with attendances climbing to over 1,000 at home games – and now look on to playing at the highest level they’ve ever been at.

Played 39
Won 29
Drew 4
Lost 6
Goals For – 93
Goals Against – 42
Goal Difference – plus 51
Points – 91

Another team being crowned champions was nearby Hastings United, clinching the Isthmian League – South East Division title after drawing 1-1 at Faversham Town with Sam Hasler cancelling out the hosts’ opener.

Hastings can now celebrate something they should have been celebrating two years ago as under then-boss Chris Agutter, they were top of the league able with only six weeks of the 2019-20 season to go when that campaign was declared null and void.

They launched a new title bid for the 2020-21 campaign but that too was curtailed – at the time were top and unbeaten after 7 games.

Played 35
Won 25
Drew 4
Lost 6
Goals For – 76
Goals Against – 31
Goal Difference – plus 45
Points – 79

Barnstaple Town have also been relegated (according to FootballWebPages) from the Southern League – South Division despite winning 4-0 against Highworth Town.

151 were in attendance to watch Ryan Taylor, Billy Tucker, put the hosts two up by half time before Philip Ormrod got two to give them their biggest win of the season.

Mangotsfield, who sit a place above Barnstaple, got a late 1-1 draw away to Paulton Rovers, Cindersfield in 17th lost 4-1 at home to Sholing and Lymington Town, who are 16th, won 2-1 at Willand Rovers.

We should also note that New Salamis have won the Spartan South Premier Division title, winning 8-1 at home to Aylesbury Vale Dynamos.

They will be playing step 4 non league football with Risborough Rangers who also won promotion with a 3-0 win away at Leverstock Green to secure the Spartan South Midlands League title.

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