Crawley make it two in a row as Neilson sends them up

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Crawley secured back-to-back promotions as a 1-0 win over Accrington ensured they held on to the final automatic spot in npower League Two.

Scott Neilson was the hero of the hour, netting the only goal in the 67th minute to send Crawley up with champions Swindon and Shrewsbury.

At the other end of the table there was heartbreak for Hereford, who beat promotion contenders Torquay 3-2 but saw their six-year stay in the Football League come to an end.

Had Crawley slipped up, Torquay were one of the teams in a position to take advantage but they were three down inside 40 minutes through goals from Delroy Facey, a Harry Pell penalty and Robert Purdie.

Ryan Jarvis and Taiwo Atieno pulled goals back for Torquay in the second half but, although Hereford held on, it was not enough as Barnet beat Burton 2-1 at the Pirelli Stadium.

The visitors made the perfect start with Mark Byrne’s sixth-minute goal but their Football League status was very much in doubt when Jacques Maghoma equalised and then Calvin Zola drilled a penalty over the bar.

The all important second goal came from captain Mark Hughes, who restored Barnet’s lead on the hour mark and ensured they finished the season two points clear of the relegation zone. Like Torquay, Southend had to settle for a place in the play-offs, although they did leapfrog the Gulls into fourth place with a 2-0 victory over bottom side Macclesfield, Peter Gilbert and Neil Harris scoring.

Crewe made certain of taking the final play-off place with a 2-2 draw against Aldershot.