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It’s play-off time and we’ll soon be seeing who’ll be playing National League football next season. Last night saw York City edging closer to the fifth tier of English football when they beat Chorley 2-1 at home. The Minstermen got the lead early with a goal in the 10th minute from Lenell John-Lewis before Connor Hall equalised for Chorley midway through the first half. 

However, Mitch Hancox got York’s winner in the 49th minute and it sets up a fascinating National League North semi-final when the Minstermen travel to Brackley Town on Saturday. Saturday will also see high-flying Dorking Wanderers hosting  Oxford City in the National League South semi-finals.

Tonight sees Kidderminster Harriers entertaining Boston United in the other National League North play-off game. It’s a game that Kidderminster should win, but Boston will be in fine spirits after narrowly sneaking through to the play-offs.

The other game tonight sees Chippenham Town traveling to Dartford in the National League South. Again, Dartford should have the upper hand here, but all non league footy fans will know that anything can happen in the playoffs. 

Sunday sees AFC Flyde taking on the winners of the game between Kidderminster and Boston in the National League North semi-final. Plus Ebbsfleet will entertain the winners of the match between Chippenham and Dartford in the National League South semi-final. 

Big games in the National League

It’s also a massive weekend in the National League. Key fixtures include a massive game between Stockport County and fourth-placed Halifax Town. Stockport are coming off the back of last night’s 1-0 win over Torquay, and they need just one point from the game against Halifax to win the National League title and gain automatic promotion to the English Football League.

Wrexham will certainly be looking on with interest and they have to face a tough away game at Dagenham and Redbridge. It’s a game that the Dragons will be expected to win, but Dagenham are just three points out of the play-off zone and they’ll certainly use the home crowd to their advantage.

Also in the play-off picture are third-placed Solihull Moors who travel to a tricky Boreham Wood, while fifth-placed Notts County face a difficult away trip to the in-form Maidenhead United. Grimsby Town are just three points behind Notts County in sixth-place and they should easily pick up three points at home to lowly Eastleigh.

Elsewhere, Aldershot Town will be entertaining Wealdstone, Altrincham host Yeovil Town, Bromley travel to Barnet, Chesterfield play at home against Woking, and Southend United will take on Torquay United. 

But if you’re looking for a match with a difference, keep your eye on the game between the bottom pair - Dover Athletic and Weymouth. Dover have only just picked up a positive number of points, but with the home crowd behind them, truly anything could happen, right?


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