More Eliminators Loom Large On Night Two Of The Play-Offs

By Sam Elliott

Night two of the Vanarama National League play-offs swings into life in a matter of hours with three massive matches with a live TNT Sports game for good measure.

It was a tense opening on Tuesday, Boston United and Braintree eventually progressing but with no goals in regular time, will this evening’s action provide a little more punch?

It’s knock-out football now of course and Solihull Moors know all about being left on the floor and the heartache that comes attached to this time of the season.

The last time they played in the play-offs of course they watched Grimsby Town fight back to secure an EFL return at the London Stadium - and want to make the next outing a happier affair, with kick-off set for 7pm.

It’s FC Halifax Town tonight, who lost in the play-offs in 2020 and 2022 and secured seventh place with a win at Eastleigh on Saturday. Their manager Chris Millington said: ‘It’s going to be a big test but we like playing at Solihull, we've performed well there in the last couple of seasons."

The Shaymen won 11 on the road during the season while Andy Whing’s team won eight at home. Jo Cummings earned Halifax a 1-1 draw when the teams met at the ARMCO Arena back in August.

But who will be coming up to the National League? Tonight could offer some clues.

The fight to secure a National League North play-off spot went to the wire and Curzon Ashton needed to hold their nerve on an ever-changing final day.

They’re at Chorley and the size of the Nash’s task couldn’t be clearer - their hosts have won 16 times in front of their fans this season, and no team have more home victories to their name. The winners are at Brackley Town this weekend.

It was a last day play-off entry for Aveley as they got the better of Bath City to seal their National League South play-off spot.

Now it’s Maidstone United for Danny Scopes’ side but we’ve already seen this season that the Stones can thrive on the big occasion.

George Elokobi wants their FA Cup adventures to inspire again and called on a packed Gallagher Stadium to send his team into the semi-finals, with Worthing lying in wait.

“It’s a big bonus being at home in front of our fans,” he told KentOnline. “It makes such a difference when you’ve got your home crowd behind you. We’ve seen that this season. It’s not just having the supporters, it’s the noise they make at the Gallagher Stadium.”

Where next?

Moors Head Through On Thrilling Play-Off Night Solihull Moors are into the play-off semi-finals after resisting a FC Halifax fightback.
Glory For Braintree And Brave Boston As Play-Offs Start It was all about fine margins as the play-offs kicked off with some tense and tetchy Eliminators.