Shaw Lane’s victory in mid-week ensured that the race for the final two play-off positions in the Evo-Stik Premier would go down to the wire. The dramatic 3-2 win over Barwell was Shaw Lane’s third straight victory and left Chris Willcock’s side just a point adrift of the play-off positions. The Ducks face a home fixture against Matlock Town on Saturday as they attempt to force themselves into the play-off picture.
Farsley Celtic are currently occupying the final play-off spot. Adam Lakeland’s side have won their last two league games and will be desperate to continue this winning streak to ensure an appearance in the end of season play-off lottery. The Villagers will go into Saturday’s home game against 19th-placed Marine confident of success as Tommy Lawson’s side are winless in their last three games.
Grantham are sitting a point ahead of Farsley Celtic in fourth position. The Gingerbreads have suffered a slight end of season wobble in recent weeks, winning just one of their last four league games. Farsley Celtic and Shaw Lane will be hoping that Adam Stevens’ side make another slip up when they make the trip to already relegated Sutton Coldfield Town.
Leiston just need a point to secure their place in the play-off positions. Glenn Driver’s side are currently unbeaten in their last 14 league games but will face a stern test when they come up against fifth-placed Hendon at Victory Road on Saturday afternoon.
If the Blues fail to gain a vital point, sixth-placed Margate will have an opportunity to sneak into the play-off positions. Steve Watt’s side are desperate to make a return to the National League South at the first time of asking but will need an emphatic win at second-placed Dulwich Hamlet if they are to have any chance of extending their season.
Leatherhead are level on points with Margate but have a significantly worse goal difference ratio. Sammy Moore’s side will therefore require both Leiston and Margate to lose and will need to engineer a 13 goal swing over the Blues if they are to make a shock appearance in the play-offs. Leatherhead face a trip to 10th-placed Tonbridge on Saturday.
Tooting & Mitcham and Burgess Hill Town are currently locked in a tantalizing relegation battle at the foot of the Bostik Premier League. Burgess Hill currently have their heads above water by virtue of having a far superior goal difference over the Terrors, following their impressive 1-1 draw with Staines Town last weekend. On what promises to be a dramatic afternoon of action, Tooting & Mitcham face a trip to Met Police, while Burgess Hill Town travel to 12th-placed Harrow Borough.
Evo-Stik Southern League
The only thing left to be decided in the Evo-Stik Southern League is who out of Gosport Borough or Dunstable will face relegation. It has been a quite remarkable relegation battle with both sides having just 17 points to their name as well as a negative goal difference of over 100. Dunstable had the opportunity to relegate The Blues when the two sides met each other on Thursday night but Gosport’s surprise 2-0 victory at Creasey Park means that both sides will go into Saturday’s fixtures with everything to play for.
As things stand Gosport currently have the edge over Tony McCool’s side due to having a goal difference of -105, compared to Dunstable’s -107.
Gosport face a trip to 12th-placed St Neots Town, while Dunstable will travel to 13th-placed Frome Town.