As celebrations go, Crawley’s was a good one – but Stanley fans still didn’t want to be witnessing it.
Just a year after the Reds were gearing up for their own bid to be a League One club in the play-offs, this year they were left to watch Town go crazy at reaching the higher level at the Crown Ground.
There probably is no better ground to watch your team get promoted, due to the proximity of the supporters to the pitch and the Crawley players deserve credit for back-to-back promotions.
But as the Reds players trooped off for their warm down as every Crawley player took the applause of their fans, there were a few wistful glances.
Last season the Reds team put together an 18-game unbeaten run to take them to fifth spot.
This season, after occupying a play-off spot in January, just three wins in 18 games has seen them go the other way.
New boss Paul Cook has talked about the numerous factors – injuries, the loan market closing and so on – which have turned his team to mid-table battlers instead of promotion chasers but next season will be a big one for the former Wolves and Burnley midfielder.
Cook has said he doesn’t feel the pressure – he says true pressure is life incidents out of football – but with his own players in, it will be important to get off to a good start.
"It is a new time for the club, a new era and we will be going for it next season," said club captain Luke Joyce. "It has taken time to get used to new ideas, formations and a way of working after so long with John Coleman (who left in January).
"It’s been hard for the new gaffer as he hasn’t had a lot of time with us in terms of on the training ground as it’s been games coming thick and fast. But he will have a full pre-season and I am sure it will go well.
"We wanted to spoil Crawley’s party on Saturday like we spoiled Shrewsbury’s in our last home game but it wasn’t to be."
The Reds could and should have upset the nervous 631 visiting supporters in the first half.
Padraig Amond has been striving for the last three games to get to 10 goals for the season but each time has come up against a keeper in inspired form.
And he did it again with Scott Shearer, back in the Red Devils’ side after a knee injury, turning in a superb first-half show to continually thwart the Reds.
He kept out young debutant striker Marcus Carver who, on this show, looks like he is confident enough to have a good go in League Two next season.
Shearer then denied Amond with his legs when the striker ran through one-on-one and he also pounced at the second attempt at a Michael Liddle point-blank header.
And when they did finally get past Shearer on the stroke of half-time, Crawley’s David Hunt was there to clear Amond’s header off the line.
Right at the break Scott Neilson was in a good position for the visitors but he admitted his final shot was closer to the corner flag than the goal.
However the winger was to make amends.
The Crawley camp admitted that news of Southend winning at the interval – which would have pushed them down into the play-offs if they only got a point at the Crown – spurred them on.
But, like Stanley, they were initially wasteful and they came up against keeper Ian Dunbavin who wasn’t prepared to be upstaged by his counterpart.
He got a hand to a close range John Akinde striker while Kyle McFadzean skimmed the crossbar with a header.
Akinde again broke through and he unleashed a fierce shot which Dunbavin turned onto the crossbar while McFadzean had a header cleared off the line by Craig Lindfield in a frantic few minutes.
A goal was coming and that was supplied by Neilson who lifted the whole atmosphere in the visiting end. He got on the end of Warren Cummings’ ball forward, turned in the area and fired low into Dunbavin’s goal.
"I needed that to make amends for my earlier miss," said the goal hero.
But he also said the final 20 minutes – and four minutes of nervy injury time – was hell for them as Accrington once more were unlucky .
The League One newboys again had to weather a storm as Stanley forced a succession of corners but Shearer kept his clean sheet – and secured Crawley promotion.
Stanley number two Leam Richardson admitted: "You never want anyone to be celebrating at your own stadium but sometimes it works out like that.
"It’s great for Crawley and we wish them all the best and I think through the season they deserve it. On the evidence of our first half I definitely don’t think we deserved to lose the game.
"We had some good chances and it’s been evident in the last few games that we’ve been making those chances and not sticking them away. When you don’t do that you get punished which we did.
"It’s something we need to work on for next season."