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Tranmere And Cheltenham Both Relegated 

Tranmere Rovers and Cheltenham Town dropped out of the Football League as Hartlepool sealed their Sky Bet League Two safety in the penultimate round of fixtures.

Tranmere’s unbroken 94-year spell in the Football League is over after a 3-2 defeat at Plymouth left them adrift at the bottom of the League Two table. The loss combined with Hartlepool’s win over Exeter City relegated Rovers into the Conference, or the National League as it will be called next season.

Back-to-back relegations left supporters as bewildered as much as disappointed by Rovers’ rapid descent into non-league football. The result was their fifth consecutive defeat, and followed the departure of their manager, Micky Adams, last weekend.

Cheltenham were also relegated as their 16 year spell in the Football League came to an end. Gary Johnson’s Robins were beaten 1-0 by second-placed Shrewsbury, who celebrated promotion to League One thanks to Jean-Louis Akpa Akpro’s strike.

Cheltenham Town chairman Paul Baker said after the game: “It’s a massively disappointing day, but you can’t say it wasn’t on the cards.” Baker now wants to Johnson as the clubs full-time manager for next season and hopes that a deal be done quickly. Johnson has experience as a non-league manager having lead Yeovil Town to the Conference championship by a record margin of seventeen points in 2003.

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