NEWPORT County AFC’s hopes of climbing out of League Two were ended by results on Tuesday evening.

The Exiles' push for promotion faltered in the run-in and the highest that they can now finish is eighth.

James Rowberry's side know 13 of the 23 sides that they will be facing in 2022/23, with the fixtures announced on Thursday, June 23 and season getting under way on Saturday, July 30.

Here are the ups and down for the fourth tier...

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Forest Green Rovers secured promotion with a draw at Bristol Rovers last weekend while Exeter City joined them with a 2-1 win over Barrow on Tuesday.

Rovers have set the pace since the second week of the season but have faltered and the Grecians are now level on points with two games to go in a duel for the title.


Northampton are currently in the third and final automatic promotion spot with a home game against Exeter and trip to Barrow to come.

However, the tight nature of the table is shown by the Cobblers not yet being assured of a spot in the play-offs.


The race for promotion is spread over a vital weekend with two key games taking place on Monday.

Port Vale, Mansfield, Bristol Rovers and Sutton currently occupy the play-off spots - and all are just three points behind third-placed Northampton.

Swindon are two behind Sutton and three back on the Gas, with a better goal difference.

Salford and Tranmere are still in the mix for the top seven but they need results to go their way this weekend and on final day.

Travel-wise, there is a nightmare scenario for County of all four promoted teams being from the south west with Bristol Rovers finishing third and Swindon going up through the play-offs.


This is already sorted with Oldham and Scunthorpe heading down to the National League.



Crewe are already relegated and Doncaster are effectively down due to their goal difference. They will be joined by two from AFC Wimbledon, Gillingham, Fleetwood and Morecambe.

The final round of fixtures take place on Saturday (kick-offs 12.30pm) with AFC Wimbledon needing to beat Accrington and to enjoy a big goal swing to avoid the drop.

Gillingham are in the final relegation spot and host Rotherham, who need a win to secure automatic promotion.

The Gills are level on points with Fleetwood, who have a much better goal difference and head to Bolton.

Morecambe, who are close to escaping the drop thanks to the return of Derek Adams, have a two-point advantage and host promotion-chasing Sunderland.


Stockport are currently leading the way and have a handy lead over Wrexham – but they must travel to north Wales on Sunday, May 8.

If the Dragons don’t reel in the Hatters, who have a tricky run-in, then they will go into a long play-off process that ends on June 5.

The current teams in the play-off spots are Wrexham, Halifax, Solihull Moors, Notts County, Chesterfield and Grimsby. Dagenham & Redbridge are the closest of the chasers but need a perfect finish.


Crewe, Doncaster, Barrow, Bradford, Carlisle, Colchester, Crawley, Harrogate, Hartlepool, Leyton Orient, NEWPORT COUNTY AFC, Rochdale, Stevenage, Walsall


Remaining League Two fixtures

This weekend: Carlisle v Stevenage, Colchester v Walsall, Crawley v Leyton Orient, Forest Green v Harrogate, Northampton v Exeter, Rochdale v Bristol Rovers, Scunthorpe v Hartlepool, Sutton v Bradford, Swindon v Barrow, Tranmere v Oldham, Salford v Mansfield (Mon), Port Vale v County (Mon).

Final afternoon: Barrow v Northampton, Bradford v Carlisle, Bristol R v Scunthorpe, Exeter v Port Vale, Harrogate v Sutton, Hartlepool v Colchester, Leyton Orient v Tranmere, Mansfield v Forest Green, County v Rochdale, Oldham v Crawley, Stevenage v Salford, Walsall v Swindon.