LV Bet Blog: Weekend National League Eliminator Previews

By Sam Elliott

After eight months of twists, turns and plenty of toil along the way, it all comes down to this.

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The Vanarama National League Eliminators are on the horizon and if you think last weekend was tense, then strap yourself in.

The winners from Saturday and Sunday’s games start to get the ball rolling while for the losers, it’s total devastation.

Welcome to the play-offs - and if it wasn’t edgy enough, throw in the fact it all starts with a huge grudge match and it just gets bigger by the minute.

Then factor in the second installment is one of the division’s strongest home sides hosting the team with one of the best away records then it becomes clear you can’t afford to miss a kick.

The road to Ashton Gate starts on Saturday.

Here’s the low down on the two huge matches and LV Bet’s hot takes ahead of the games.

Notts County v Chesterfield

Talk about starting as you mean to go on, the opening play-off match is a pure humdinger.

Rivals Notts County host on-a-high Chesterfield, who clinched their spot on the final day at FC Halifax Town.

Notts lost last weekend to Bromley, their first loss in eight while the Spireites kept their cool.

Gavin Gunning's first-half free-kick secured victory for Chesterfield at Meadow Lane in February.

How things changed so quickly. They were in a mess when Ruben Rodrigues and Kyle Wootton scored in stoppage time to earn Notts County a dramatic win in the first game in November.

Now under the stewardship of James Rowe, things are very different.

Notts County
Form: L-W-W-D-W
Last time out: Bromley (A) 0-1

Form: W-W-D-W-W
Last time out: FC Halifax Town (A) 2-1

Previous meetings this season:
Notts County 0 v 1 Chesterfield
Chesterfield 2 v 3 Notts County

Hartlepool United v Bromley

With nearly 300 miles between them, part two of the play-off programme certainly isn’t a local ding-dong like the opener.

But while there’s no big rivalry, this one’s got pretty much everything you need.

Home kings Hartlepool take no prisoners at Victoria Park.

Earning 45 points on their own turf - and they have won 13 of the last 15 games at their own stadium.

Surely only a side with a great away record could stand a chance? Step forward Bromley.

The third best side on their travels this season, 11 wins on the road for a side who have only spent a few weeks in the top seven is pretty sensational.

Under Andy Woodman, the Ravens have found flight. They even beat Pools 1-0 at the start of May thanks to a Jude Arthurs goal.

Hartlepool United:
Form: W-L-W-L-L
Last time out: Weymouth (h) 4-0

Form: W-W-D-W-D
Last time out: Notts County (h) 1-0

Previous meetings this season:
Hartlepool United 0 v 0 Bromley
Bromley 1 v 0 Hartlepool United

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