Last updated at 20:30, Monday 7th May 2012
Stevenage striker Chris Beardsley Beardsley: among the goals as Stevenage secured a top-six spot.

Owls up as Blades denied

Henry Milward

Sheffield Wednesday sealed promotion to the Championship after a comfortable victory over Wycombe on Saturday, condemning their city rivals to a place in the play-offs.

The Owls just needed to see off Wanderers at Hillsborough, having leapfrogged Sheffield United into the top two last week. And they were set on their way when Michail Antonio netted after 25 minutes.

Nile Ranger put the result beyond doubt shortly after the break, rendering the Blades’ fixture at relegated Exeter of little importance. As it was, Danny Wilson’s men struggled to a 2-2 draw and must settle for a play-off spot.

The 21/4 Grecians took the lead early on before the visitors had James Beattie sent off. But the ten men battled back through Lee Williamson and Kevin McDonald only to see City’s Scot Bennett equalise in added time.

While Wednesday are celebrating their return to the second tier alongside Charlton, United will be preparing to meet Stevenage in the end-of-season competition.

Boro needed to triumph on Saturday to cement sixth. They faced Bury, knowing that any dropped points could let Notts County and Carlisle spoil the party.

But while Notts were busy hammering Colchester 4-1 it wasn’t enough as Gary Smith’s men stood firm to edge out the Shakers 3-0 thanks to Craig Reid’s opener and second-half efforts from Joel Byrom and Chris Beardsley.

They are Skybet’s 9/2 outsiders to win promotion, with the Blades 2/1 (Boylesports).

Huddersfield and MK Dons will meet in the other semi-final, with both 13/5 to go up. Lee Novak was among the goals for the Terriers, who saw off Yeovil 2-0 to finish fourth, a point ahead of MK, who were surprised at home by 5/1 Walsall.

There was little else to be decided on the final day, with Rochdale, Exeter, Chesterfield and Wycombe all already destined for the drop.

Meanwhile, champions Charlton hit the 100-point mark with a come-from-behind victory over Hartlepool. Danny Hollands, Danny Haynes and Yann Yermorgant were all on target after the interval in a 3-2 success.


Results: Bournemouth 1-0 Preston, Charlton 3-2 Hartlepool, Chesterfield 2-3 Brentford, Exeter 2-2 Sheff Utd, Huddersfield 2-0 Yeovil, Leyton Orient 2-1 Rochdale, MK Dons 0-1 Walsall, Notts County 4-1 Colchester, Oldham 2-1 Carlisle, Sheff Wed 2-0 Wycombe, Stevenage 3-0 Bury, Tranmere 1-1 Scunthorpe

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