Semi-Final Saturday Is The Moors' And Barnet's Big Moment

By Sam Elliott

Semi-final Saturday is nearly here and there’s no disguising the size of what’s to come on part one of a season-defining weekend.

The first-half of the six critical play-off ties are fast approaching and as history tells us, they very rarely go totally to plan for all the favourites so who will be our first National League finalist before the line-up is completed on Sunday?

Despite being able to see the Wembley Arch as you approach Barnet’s Hive home, the Bees haven’t actually played at the stadium since its rebuild.

That will change with one more win in their wonderful season - but standing in their way are Solihull Moors, and they’ve got a record to set straight themselves.

They made the Promotion Final two years ago, but missed out on promotion to the EFL for the first time after Grimsby Town grabbed their chance. They had to work the whole way on Wednesday as FC Halifax Town battled back.

They made things safe in the final minute and Andy Whing says it was all about getting through - however they did it.

Barnet may be looking to leave their stadium but there have been plenty of home comforts so far this season. They have won a fantastic 16 times in front of their supporters but there’s recent bitter memories of the play-offs.

Dean Brennan hasn’t forgotten his team’s Eliminator no show a year ago against Boreham Wood and refuses to watch another party on their pitch.

“To get 86 points is an amazing achievement,” he said after ending the season as runners up. “Our target was 90 points at the start of the season that we had set ourselves, and we’ve come up just a bit shy of that but the players have been fantastic.”

Moors’ Whing has told his side they need to head to north London with no fear.

“We showed great character,” he said after Wednesday’s win against FC Halifax. “But it will be a different type of game on Saturday and we know Barnet have been brilliant this season. We’ve got to go there and show we’re a good as well.”

The game is live on TNT Sports on Saturday, kick-off 5.30pm.

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