Frank Vincent played a starring role as Torquay United returned to the National League at the first attempt on a memorable day at Plainmoor.
Vincent, who was handed his first start, was named man of the match in the Gulls’ 2-0 win over National South strugglers Eastbourne Borough.
Goals either side of half-time from Connor Lemonheigh-Evans and Jake Andrews saw Gary Johnson’s team crowned champions with three games remaining.
Victory for Torquay coupled with defeat for nearest challengers Woking at Chelmsford left them 10 points clear at the summit.
James Boote came off the bench to grab a potentially-crucial winner for Poole in their 3-2 victory over Basingstoke in Southern Premier South at Black Gold Stadium.
Boote and Cherries teammate Tom Hanfrey (both pictured above) replaced Corby Moore and Luke Roberts, respectively, with the Dolphins leading 2-0.
Goals from Roberts, who was carried off after sustaining a knee injury, and James Constable put them in the driving seat, only for Basingstoke to hit back through Reece Rusher and Sam Argent.
But Boote’s stunning strike from 25 yards 11 minutes from time hoisted Poole back into the play-off places with three games remaining.
Also in Southern Premier South, Sam Sherring played the full 90 minutes in Weymouth’s 1-0 defeat at Beaconsfield.
One-time Cherries trialist Charlie Losasso netted the only goal before Brandon Goodship missed a late penalty for the Terras who are five points clear at the top with three games remaining.
Harry Arter was replaced by Bobby Decordova-Reid nine minutes from the end of Cardiff’s 2-0 defeat by Premier League rivals Burnley at Turf Moor.
Midfielder Arter (pictured above) made his 25th appearance for the Bluebirds and was substituted before striker Chris Wood added his second goal of the game.
Brad Smith was credited with two assists as Seattle Sounders came from behind to register a 3-2 victory over Toronto in Major League Soccer.
Former Sunderland striker Jozy Altidore opened the scoring for Toronto at CenturyLink Field before Will Bruin headed home Smith’s deflected cross to level.
Bruin profited from another Smith centre to put Sounders ahead in the 66th minute and Cristian Roldan made it 3-1 before Altidore added his and Toronto’s second.
Second-placed Sounders, unbeaten after winning five and drawing one of their first six games, visit leaders Los Angeles FC on Sunday.
Aaron Ramsdale produced another polished performance to help AFC Wimbledon earn a share of the spoils from a 0-0 draw against in-form League One rivals Oxford United.
Goalkeeper Ramsdale made a string of fine saves at the Kassam Stadium as the Dons prevented the hosts from chalking up a fifth successive victory.
He kept out Luke Garbutt’s fierce strike with a superb reaction save before diving bravely at the feet of Jerome Sinclair after the Oxford striker had gone through on goal at the end of the first half.
Ramsdale thwarted both Jordan Graham and Jamie Mackie in the second half and earned praise from Dons manager Wally Downes.
Downes told the club website: “Everyone in front of him, especially the front two, worked their socks off.
“The midfield boys put themselves about, the defenders defended for their lives when the ball came in.
“When all of that failed, Aaron did his job and he did it superbly.”
Ramsdale (pictured above) has kept six clean sheets in 16 appearances for the Dons who climbed a place to 21st in League One, just a point from safety.
Marc Pugh was replaced by Chris Martin in the 65th minute of Hull City’s 1-0 defeat by Championship rivals Middlesbrough.
Defeat, which came after Britt Assombalonga netted the only goal, left the Tigers five points shy of the play-off places with four games remaining.
Connor Mahoney replaced Jota 20 minutes from the end of Birmingham’s 1-1 draw at Ipswich, a result which saw the Tractor Boys relegated to League One.
Lukas Jutkiewicz drew first blood for the Blues after seven minutes before Gwion Edwards levelled for Ipswich just after the break.
Alex Dobre was replaced by Sessi D’Almeida seven minutes from time as Yeovil suffered a 1-0 defeat at the hands of Crawley in League Two.
Filipe Morais scored the only goal in the 72nd minute to leave the Glovers two points from safety with four games remaining.
Charlie Seaman was an unused substitute as Dundee United came from behind to win 2-1 against Ayr United in the Scottish Championship on Friday.
Steven Bell opened the scoring for Ayr before Pavol Safranko and Paul McMullan replied for the Tangerines at Tannadice.
Shaun Hobson played the full 90 minutes as Eastleigh got their National League play-off push back on track with a 1-0 win over Gateshead.
Reda Johnson headed home a Sam Matthews cross to bag the only goal in the 15th minute at the Silverlake as the Spitfires ended a run of three successive defeats.
Tyler Cordner got another appearance under his belt for Havant & Waterlooville as their relegation from National League was confirmed following a 3-2 defeat at Solihull Moors.
Although ex-Cherries striker Joe Quigley drew first blood for the Hawks, Moors hit back through Tyrone Williams, Alex Gudger and Danny Wright, who netted the winner in the last minute.
Main picture: Andy Orman