Carlisle United have learned two more of next season's opponents after the remaining League One relegation issues were resolved.

Chris Beech's former club Rochdale have slipped back down to the basement division after seven years in the third tier.

And they have been joined by Northampton, whose immediate return to League Two was also confirmed.

Brian Barry-Murphy's Dale lost 2-1 at home to Doncaster, leaving them four points adrift in fourth-bottom place with one game remaining.

And Northampton were stranded on the same number of points after a 3-0 home reverse to promotion-chasing Blackpool.

Ex-Carlisle striker Jerry Yates got two of the Blackpool goals as the Cobblers, who sacked former Blues boss Keith Curle earlier in the campaign, were relegated.

It means fifth-bottom Wigan survive in League One despite losing 3-1 to Hull.

Swindon and Bristol Rovers had already had their own relegations from League One confirmed and will also face the Cumbrians next season.

In League Two, meanwhile, Southend's relegation to the National League was finally rubber-stamped.

They went down despite a 2-1 win at Barrow.

Goals from John White and Terrell Egbri handed Phil Brown's side victory after Scott Quigley's opener.

But they are now four points adrift of third-bottom Scunthorpe, whose goalless draw with Bradford was enough to secure their EFL status.

Southend join Grimsby in plummeting to non-league, with Torquay and Sutton United leading the race to replace them from the National League's top tier.

The League Two promotion race, meanwhile, is going down to a dramatic final day after Bolton blew their chance to wrap up their return to the third tier.

News and Star: Bolton's former Carlisle man Gethin Jones looks on as Exeter celebrate their late winner (photo: PA)Bolton's former Carlisle man Gethin Jones looks on as Exeter celebrate their late winner (photo: PA)

Ex-Blues man Gethin Jones put them ahead against Exeter but the Grecians fought back to win 2-1, Randell Williams and an injury-time Pierce Sweeney goal thwarting Ian Evatt's men.

A number of Bolton fans had gathered outside the stadium in anticipation of promotion.

But the defeat left their third-placed side only a point above Morecambe, who are breathing down the Trotters' necks after a 2-0 win at Walsall thanks to goals from former Carlisle striker Cole Stockton and Yann Songo'o.

Only Cheltenham remain sure of their promotion going into the final day, with second-placed Cambridge, Bolton and Morecambe all fighting over the last two automatic places.

Cambridge, on 77 points, are at home to Grimsby next Saturday, with Bolton (76 points) at Crawley and Morecambe (75 points) at home to Bradford.

Morecambe are certain at least of a play-off place but the race remains on for the other play-off positions.

Newport, in fifth, are three points above eighth-placed Exeter after a 1-0 win over Cheltenham thanks to Joss Labadie's early goal.

Sixth-placed Tranmere are behind them on goal difference after a 2-1 defeat to Forest Green, who are seventh and hold a one-point advantage over Exeter.

Aaron Collins hit the Forest Green winner from the spot after Josh Davison's opener, Kieron Morris getting a late consolation for Tranmere.

Salford, two points outside the top seven in ninth, are the lowest side still in with a play-off chance, but a 1-0 defeat at Colchester today was a blow to their hopes, Joshua Bohui netting for the strugglers while the Ammies had Di'Shon Bernard and Ashley Hunter both sent off.

Grimsby's last home game before their return to non-league brought a 1-0 win over Port Vale thanks to Matt Green's goal, while Stevenage and Crawley played out an entertaining 3-3 draw.

Keith Curle's Oldham, meanwhile, went down 4-1 at Mansfield.