Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Josh Vosper
The Magpies (2nd, 78pts) head into the final day of the season knowing a win could be enough to claim the National League North title.
Sitting a point behind Stockport, who play already-relegated Nuneaton in Warwickshire, Chorley are hoping for a bit of luck as well as a victory over playoff hunting Bradford (Park Avenue) (7th, 65pts).
Promotion & Playoff (Bracketology)
Chorley are guaranteed second spot and will take the National League North title if they win and Stockport draw/lose at Nuneaton. A draw would also be enough if Stockport lose. If Stockport win then Victory Park will play host to a playoff semi-final on Sunday, May 5 (3pm) between The Magpies and the winner of the 5th v 6th playoff quarter-final. A Chorley victory in the semi-final would result in the playoff final being held at Victory Park the following Sunday, May 12 (3pm).
Bradford sit in the last playoff spot, a position they finished in last season, on goal difference from Telford. They can’t guarantee a post-season berth with a win, but could finish as high as sixth. A draw or defeat may also mean playoff football for the West Yorkshire side, but it would depend on the Blyth Spartans & Telford games.
After a surprise playoff semi-final appearance last season, Avenue embarked on this campaign in confident mood with manager Mark Bower tied up to a new contract. Going neck-and-neck with Chorley through Christmas it looked as though Bradford would hang around right until the bitter end, before two lean spells in the second half of the campaign saw BPA drop down the places, with a playoff place now in the balance following last week’s defeat at the hands of York City.
That’s what he said
We were disappointed after Monday that the title is now out of our hands and that we are most likely going to have to win promotion via the playoffs instead. However, this game remains very important and we’re going to go out and give it everything to secure another victory. Our home record is the best in the league and if we have to prove it one or three more times then we will – Jamie Vermiglio
We’ve met before
At the end of October on a bitterly cold day at the Horsfall Stadium when a late Jake Beesley goal condemned The Magpies to their first defeat of the season.
Home Sweet Home: The Magpies will rubber stamp the best home record in the division with a 15th Victory Park success on Saturday
Struggle: Since putting five past Guiseley on Boxing Day Avenue have won only two of their last nine road games in the league
Positive: Chorley are undefeated against Bradford in their last four National League North meetings at Victory Park (3W/1D)
Match day (27/04/19)
- Kick-off at Victory Park is 3pm
- Admission is pay-on-the-gate £12 adults, £9 concessions, £7 students, £5 12-16s & FREE accompanied u-12s
- Programmes can be purchased for £2.50
- Parking costs £3 on Rangletts Rec, otherwise street parking & town centre car parks (most FREE at the weekend)
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