Stenhousemuir’s slim hopes of securing a place in the Second Division play-off places were ended on Saturday after they suffered a 2-1 defeat at home to Stranraer.
The Warriors went into the match knowing that nothing less than a win would do if they were to secure fourth place in the table and join Alloa Athletic and Brechin City in the end-of-season play-offs.
Martyn Corrigan’s side also needed fellow promotion-chasers Forfar and Arbroath to drop points in their respective matches.
But the latter fact was made redundant as Stenny lost out thanks to two first half goals from Stranraer’s Craig Malcolm, either side of a John Gemmell strike for the home side.
The defeat means that the Ochilview club finish the season in sixth place on 49 points, five adrift of Forfar, who beat Ayr United 2-1 at home to clinch the last play-off spot.
It was a disappointing result considering The Warriors have been in great form throughout April, bouncing back to win three games in a row after suffering two morale-sapping defeats to basement club Albion Rovers in the previous month.
Meanwhile, there was further heartache for East Stirlingshire as they finished the season at the foot of the Scottish Football League after losing 3-2 at Elgin City.
John Coughlin’s side have endured a miserable end to their campaign, losing ten consecutive Third Division games.
But they looked like had done enough to secure a point at Borough Briggs after first half goals from Jamie Glasgow and Paul Quinn, but an 89th minute from Ceiran MacLean handed all three points to the home side.
Shire finish the season on 29 points, 11 adrift of ninth-placed Clyde.