Champagne corks were popped and hearts were broken over the weekend as the Non-League season entered it’s final stretch.
Play-off games took place across the entirety of the pyramid, which have set up a mouth watering schedule of action to look forward to in the coming weeks.
On Saturday afternoon the first of the National League play-off semi-finals took place as Solihull Moors’ impressive campaign came to an end after they fell to a 1-0 defeat at home to AFC Fylde.
The Northern Premier League came to a conclusion as Warrington Town put in a superb display to win at South Shields, with Josh Amis grabbing a last gasp goal to complete a superb comeback for the Wire.
in Step 4, Brighouse Town and Radcliffe FC won their play-off competitions by beating Pontefract Collieries and Leek Town respectively. However, due to the logistics of the current pyramid restructure, Brighouse were not allowed promotion due to their inferior points per game ratio.
Saturday afternoon also saw the semi-finals of the Southern Central Premier League take place.
Alvechurch continued their superb campaign by beating Stourbridge 2-1 at home, in what was Gary Hackett’s final game in charge of the Glassboys, while King’s Lynn Town eased passed Stratford Town to book a place in Monday’s final.
Finally, Cheshunt silenced the home crowd by netting three unanswered goals at Bracknell Town to win the Bostik South Central play-off final and gain promotion to Step 3.
As the Bank Holiday weekend rolled into it’s second day the action continued in what turned out to be a hugely dramatic day.
Salford City became the second side to book themselves a place in next week’s National League play-off final after they kept their nerve to beat Eastleigh on spot kicks.
Amazingly both National League North play-off semi-finals were also decided by penalties, with Chorley prevailing over Altrincham and Spennymoor doing just about enough to beat Brackley. .
And the drama did not stop there as both National League South semi-finals were decided by injury time goals!
Welling secured a 3-2 win over Chelmsford with Brendan Kiernan firing home a last gasp penalty, while Woking completed an extraordinary comeback as Jake Hyde netted a last minute winner over Wealdstone to spark pandemonium at the Kingfield Stadium.
Meanwhile, Julian Dicks’ Heybridge Swifts side edged passed Maldon & Tiptree in the Bostik North play-off final, having earlier thrown away a 2-0 lead in injury time. Unfortunately, this play-off victory was not quite enough for the Essex side to progress to Step 3.
In the Bostik Premier League Tonbridge Angels moved to within 90 minutes of the National League South after they defeated Hayden Bird’s Merstham, King’s Lynn Town beat Alvechurch 2-0 and in the Southern League South and Met Police edged passed Poole Town.
Down in Step 4 Bromsgrove Sporting secured another promotion as they beat Corby Town 5-3 in a tantalzing encounter, while Yate Town came from behind to end Cinderford Town’s unbeaten run with a 3-1 victory.
With the dust of the last few days having now settled, we have another brilliant weekend of action to look forward to.
Saturday Time TBC – Step 3 Eliminators – Met Police vs Tonbridge Angels, Warrington Town vs King’s Lynn Town
Sunday 3pm National League North play-off final – Chorley vs Spennymoor Town
Sunday 3pm National League South play-off final – Woking vs Welling
Saturday 19th May 3pm – National League play-off final – AFC Fylde vs Salford City