Bury suffered a 3-1 defeat to Wycombe and failed to make ground on npower League Two leaders Chesterfield to leave the title race to go down to the final day of the season.
The Shakers had joined the Spireites in League One next season following their win over Chesterfield on Monday but after seeing their rivals held 0-0 at Torquay on Friday night they failed to capitalise.
A Ryan Lowe penalty had put Bury ahead but Gareth Ainsworth and a Ben Strevens double mean Bury remain three points behind Chesterfield and the same margin front of Wycombe who are poised to join the top two in League One next season.
Mark Wright scored the only goal at Cheltenham which sees Shrewsbury in fourth and just a point behind Wycombe.
Accrington are fifth following a 3-1 win over Barnet which sees the latter two points short of safety in their bid to avoid dropping out of the Football League.
James Ryan scored a hat-trick for Stanley, Mark Marshall getting Barnet's consolation.
Torquay lie sixth and Stevenage are seventh despite a 2-0 loss at Northampton who scored through Liam Davis and Michael Uwezu to confirm their safety.
Stevenage also had Luke Foster and John Mousinho dismissed to compound their disappointment.
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