The National League North play-off battle

The last day of the season in the National League North saw plenty of drama with Boston United winning 2-0 away at Farsley Celtic to claim the final play-off spot. Jake Wright put the visitors ahead in the 37th minute while Danny Elliott claimed the three points for Boston late in the second half. It means that Boston will enter the National League North playoffs at the expense of Kettering Town, Alfreton Town and Spennymoor Town. 

Boston will have to make the journey to fourth-placed Kidderminster Harriers in the play-offs on Thursday. Kidderminster picked up three points on Saturday with a 1-0 home win over Darlington. The winner of the game between Boston and Kidderminster will play AFC Flyde on Sunday who cemented their play-off position with a routine 1-0 win over Leamington.

 

York City couldn’t continue their winning streak and were held 1-1 away to Telford United which means that they ended up in fifth-position and will host sixth-placed Chorley on Wednesday. Chorley continued their inconsistent form on Saturday with a 2-0 away loss to Spennymoor Town. 

Gateshead made their winning of the National League North title all the more emphatic this weekend. With a 2-1 victory over Hereford, Gateshead ended up seven points clear of Brackley Town who could only earn a 0-0 draw against Chester. Brackley will face the winners of the York-Chorley game in the playoff semi-finals on Saturday. 

Elsewhere Alfreton Town beat Guiseley 2-1, Southport thrashed Bradford Park Avenue 5-0, Curzon Ashton drew 1-1 with Kettering Town, and Gloucester City were held 2-2 by Blyth Spartans. 

National League South play-off places

Saturday saw Chippenham Town beating Havant and Waterlooville 2-0 to claim the last playoff place on the final day of the National League South season. 

Oxford City were held to an entertaining 3-3 draw at Bath City. While Oxford will have been frustrated not to get all three points, the draw earned them a fifth position in the table which means that they’ll face Eastbourne Borough in the play-offs. 

It will be some consolation for Eastbourne who were thumped 7-2 at home to Dartford. The win for Dartford means that they finished fourth and their playoff game will be against Chippenham.

Watching on will be National League South runners-up Dorking who face the winners of the match between Oxford and Eastbourne. Saturday saw Dorking being held 1-1 away at Hungerford Town. The winners of the Dartford and Chippenham game will travel to Ebbsfleet whose 2-1 win at home to Chelmsford City helped them claim the third-place in the table. 

National League Champions Maidstone beat Hampton and Richmond 2-1, and elsewhere there were wins for Billericay, Concord, Dulwich Hamlet and Tonbridge Angels.


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