National League North play-off dates confirmed

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The dates for the Vanarama National League North play-offs have now been confirmed.

Brackley Town, who have been confirmed as runners-up behind champions Gateshead, are already in the play-offs while Kettering Town are hoping to join them.

The Poppies currently hold the final play-off position on goal difference from Boston United ahead of this weekend’s final games of the regular season with Ian Culverhouse’s team travelling to Curzon Ashton on Saturday.

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Should Kettering take that final spot, they now know they will travel to fourth-placed Kidderminster Harriers on Thursday, May 12 in a play-off eliminator while the other match at the same stage will be between Chorley and York City.

The schedule for the National League North play-offs has been confirmedThe schedule for the National League North play-offs has been confirmed
The schedule for the National League North play-offs has been confirmed

Brackley will host either Chorley or York at St James Park on Saturday, May 14 while the other semi-final will see AFC Fylde have home advantage.

Since 2018, the play-off positions in both the National League North and South have been extended to six - with the champions being promoted automatically.

In both leagues, the remaining six fight it out for one final slot with two Eliminator matches taking place before the semi-finals.

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The one-off match format has added even more excitement and kept more clubs involved in the shake-up for longer.

All ties are single-leg matches with extra-time and penalties used if necessary.

The National League consulted with clubs about the dates of the play-off semi-finals and a possible clash with the FA Cup Final.

Following this consultation, clubs will be granted permission to switch their semi-final from Saturday, May 14 to Sunday, May 15 if both clubs agree to do so.

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Fixture changes will be agreed and confirmed by no later than Thursday, May 12.

Confirmed schedule of the Vanarama National League North and South play-offs

Eliminator A: Wednesday, May 11 - 5th place vs 6th place (7.45pm).

Eliminator B: Thursday, May 12 - 4th place vs 7th place (7.45pm).

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Semi-Final: Saturday, May 14* – 2nd place vs winner of Match A (3pm).

Semi-Final: Sunday, May 15 – 3rd place vs winner of Match B (3pm).

Promotion Final: Saturday, May 21 (at home ground of highest placed team, 3pm)

*Subject to change to Sunday 15 May if both clubs are in agreement