PETERBOROUGH clinched automatic promotion from League I alongside champions Leicester by winning 1-0 at Colchester while MK Dons lost by the same scoreline at home to Walsall.
Charlie Lee scored five minutes from time for the Posh, who are now six points clear of Millwall, who leapt above MK into third thanks to a 2-1 home win over Leyton Orient, Town’s hosts on Saturday.
A double by former O’s striker Gary Alexander gave the Lions the three points while Jabo Ibehre, on target twice for Walsall against Town seven days before, grabbed the goal which did for MK.
Jermaine Beckford’s goal on 60 minutes gave Leeds a 1-0 win at Hartlepool.
But sixth-placed Tranmere suffered a blow in their race for the last play-off place as they were held to a 1-1 draw at home by Yeovil.
Jonathan Obika fired the visitors in front in the 67th minute before Tranmere levelled through Antony Kay.
Tranmere are just a point above Scunthorpe, who have a game in hand (at home to Cheltenham tomorrow) before the pair clash at Glanford Park on Saturday.
Cheltenham were relegated as they could only draw 1-1 against fellow strugglers Carlisle, who ended the game with nine men.
Ian Harte put Carlisle ahead in the 19th minute but their chances of a vital victory took a blow when Evan Horwood was sent off in the 67th.
And things went from bad to worse nine minutes from time when Michael Bridges was sent off for handball and Drissa Diallo stepped up to convert the ensuing penalty.
With Crewe needing a mathematical miracle to avoid the drop, Carlisle, Brighton and Northampton are fighting it out to avoid filling the fourth relegation berth.
Brentford’s 3-1 win at Darlington earned them promotion from League II.
Two from Wycombe, Exeter and Bury will join them in sealing automatic promotion.
The team that misses out will join Gillingham, Rochdale and either Dagenham & Redbridge or Shrewsbury in the play-offs.
With Southampton and Charlton coming down from the Championship, Plymouth, Nottingham Forest, Barnsley and Norwich are battling to avoid the remaining relegation spot.
Norwich, Town boss Lee Clark’s former club, are in the weakest position, although they have a game in hand on the other sides.