Words: Alex Birch; Pictures: Stefan Willoughby
The final game of the season is upon us. Competitive match number 51 for The Magpies (top seed), who welcome Spennymoor Town (3rd seed) to Victory Park on Sunday for the Vanarama National League North playoff final (3pm).
Pretty simple really; the winner is promoted to the National League, via extra time & penalties if needs be.
Since reforming in 2005 following the demise of Spennymoor United, the County Durham side consolidated in the Northern League before moving through the non-league pyramid and into a tier six promotion battle after just two seasons in the National League North. Jason Ainsley has been in charge of the progression since 2007 and had his side in a title battle this season until defeat at Stockport in March saw the beginning of a mini-slump. Fourth place was eventually secured, followed by playoff victories over Bradford (Park Avenue) & Brackley Town. Moors possess in their ranks the league’s leading scorer (and player of the year) Glen Taylor.
That’s what he said
We held our nerve last Sunday and got what we deserved. We weren’t always at our best but we kept going, like we have done all season, and showed plenty of spirit to get ourselves back in the game and then through to the final. It didn’t matter who we faced in the final, both Brackley and Spennymoor are very good sides, and as it is Spennymoor will prove a tough test. But we will once again back ourselves to get the result we want and with the backing of another large and loud home crowd we are confident in our abilities to finish the season on a high – Jamie Vermiglio
Runners-up: Finishing second in the National League North has been advantageous for six teams in the post-season, including two (North Ferriby & Harrogate) in the last three years
Zero: In the 14 seasons since the National League North formed no team finishing fourth in the regular season has gone on to win promotion via the playoffs
Match day (12/05/19)
- Kick-off at Victory Park is 3pm
- Admission is all SOLD OUT for home fans
- Programmes can be purchased for £3 and are souvenir editions complied by the National League
- Parking costs £3 on Rangletts Rec, otherwise Morrisons or town centre car parks (most FREE at the weekend)
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50/50 tickets will be on sale as usual priced at just £1. The jackpot routinely reaches the £250 mark.
C’mon You Magpies!