Ups, Downs And Play-Off Places Confirmed On Epic Final Day

By Sam Elliott

The last day of the season had ups, downs, great escapes and devastating near misses - and now the focus turns to the play-offs.

AFC Fylde return to the National League after their sealed North title with a 2-0 victory at Bradford PA.

Nick Haughton and Joe Rowley got the party started as the Coasters had the champagne popping in Yorkshire.

But it wasn’t a day to remember for Avenue as they were relegated alongside Kettering Town, who fell just short as Blyth Spartans, Southport and Farsley Celtic toasted survival

The play-off places were sealed by Brackley Town, Kidderminster, Alfreton Town and Gloucester City on an incredible and also heartbreaking climax for so many chasers.

Torquay United didn’t get their miracle and were officially relegated from the National League as they could only hold champions Wrexham to a 1-1 draw.

Boreham Wood confirmed a play-off place, Tyrone Marsh’s goal enough to beat Yeovil Town - and kill off Southend United’s challenge.

Chesterfield took third place and will skip the Eliminators after an easy 4-0 win over Maidstone. Andrew Dallas got two.

Maidenhead survive despite being on the end of a 4-0 thrashing themselves as Gateshead wish the season could keep on going.

Prolific Macaulay Langstaff scored again for Notts County but it wasn’t to be the flying ending they wanted after a 1-1 draw at home to York City.

It was a good final day for Dagenham, Dorking Wanderers and Southend United who all ended with three points.

Weymouth completed the greatest of escapes in the National League South - 13 points adrift when manager Bobby Wilkinson took over, they defeated Dover to survive against the odds.

But it’s doom for Dulwich Hamlet who sink after they were defeated 1-0 by Chippenham Town in front of a huge crowd.

It was a good ending for champions Ebbsfleet United who stuffed Hungerford Town 5-0, Toby Edser hit a hat-trick.

Welling United inflicted more pain on Havant with an easy 3-0 win as Oxford City finished third - despite going down 2-1 at ten man Bath City, Scott Wilson with the winner.

Where next?

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