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First two clubs book place in National League North and South playoff finals

The first two clubs to book a place in the National League North and South playoff finals have confirmed after Saturday’s semi final games.

The first National League North playoff semi final took place between Brackley Town and York City with the winner facing AFC Fylde or Boston United in the final

While the National League South playoff semi final saw Dorking Wanderers play host to Oxford City with the winning side taking on Ebbsfleet or Chippenham in the final.

Around 1,400 York fans were told that they wouldn’t able to attend Saturday’s game as a direct result of Wednesday’s pitch invasion and seats broken at the LNER Community Stadium before and after the final whistle.

In a statement posted on Twitter, the board said: β€œAs a consequence of these regrettable actions on Wednesday evening a considerable number of our fans will now be deprived of the ability to watch this crucial game and support the Team at Brackley… with the home side withdrawing approximately 1,400 tickets from sale to York City Fans in view of their perceived additional security costs that would be considered necessary.”

The game itself saw York pull off a 1-0 victory against Brackley who finished the 2021/22 season in 2nd place.

Shep Murombedzi hooked one just over the bar for Brackley inside the area after just a minute on the clock.

Moments later, Hancox stabbed one towards goal in the area and it was blocked by a defender’s hand, the referee didn’t see it and waved play on.

A heart in mouth moment on the 12th minute as a shot corner straight from the training ground flicked to Kouhyar in the box who drived towards goal and forced a red shirt to clear from the line.

Scott Barrow drove forward and tried one from distance but it went high and wide before a number of corner were well dealt with by Pete Jameson.

There were big calls for a penalty on the 40th minute after John-Lewis was tripped in the area but referee waves play on.

Lenell John-Lewis then opened the scoring on the verge of half time after Clayton ran down the right and cut inside to Hancox who then played through Lenny who, after an initial save, punts into the back of the net.

There was still time for first half drama as Brackley were handed a penalty in the first minute of injury time.

A City defender pulled down a man in the area following a fizzed ball across. Armson stepped up and hit the ball towards the left and Pete palmed it away to keep it 1-0.

The second half started with a late challenge by Matt Lowe on Clayton Donaldson, described by York as ‘disgusting’ and was ‘lucky not to be booked’.

York continued to show really desire when a Brackley corner was headed towards goal but ended up being cleared by Scott Barrow.

Willoughby forced a save from Lewis at the front post before Barrow hit at strike from the edge just wide.

The 70th minute saw a flick on to Matt Lowe who volleyed down from point-blank range and somehow Pete Jameson clawed it away.

78th minute and Matt Lowe saw a shot from an acute angle in a crowded area hit the post and go out.

York held on for the win after Clayton Donaldson went down needing treatment. The Minstermen, who you could say have surprised themselves getting this far, will face either AFC Fylde or Boston in the final.

In the National League South, it was a rather convincing win for Dorking Wanderers, winning their game against Oxford City by three goals to nil.

The first of those goals came after 8 minutes, a fantastic cross was sent in from Muitt and the ball dropped to Prior who, unmarked, head the ball home.

Dorking were two up by 20 minutes, Cheadle’s corner was flicked on and skipper Barry Fuller fired into the roof of the net.

Oxford City scored in the 33rd minute, Iaciofano puts the ball in the net but was flagged offside.

It wasn’t long into the second half when a cross came in from Wheeler and Rutherford headed past Dudzinski to make it 3-0.

Iaciofano was fouled in the box by Cheadle. Dorking claimed it looked like a penalty but the referee allowed play to continue.

Dorking held on for the remaining 20 or so minutes to book a place in the final, where they will play either Ebbsfleet United or Chippenham Town.


Brackley Town 0-1 York City

Brackley Town: Lewis (GK), Myles (York 74’), Dean, Cullinane-Liburd, Franklin (Gordon 69’), Walker, Murombedzi, Armson (Yusuf 87′), Richards, Lowe, Ndlovu

Unused Subs: Lopes, Mitford
Goals: N/A

York City: Jameson (GK), Dyson Kouogun, Sanders, Barrow, Wright, Hancox (Brown 63’), McLaughlin (C), Kouhyar, John-Lewis (Willoughby 46’), McKay

Unused Subs: Whitley, Woods, McKay
Goals: John-Lewis (44’)

Sunday – AFC Fylde v Boston United

Dorking Wanderers 3-0 Oxford City

Dorking Wanderers (3-5-2): Lincoln, Fuller, Harris (Gallagher 54), Cheadle, Muitt, Taylor, McShane (Fogden 54), Moore, Wheeler, Rutherford (Ottoway 63), Prior.

Unused subs: Philpot, Taylor.
Booked: Cheadle.

Oxford City (3-4-1-2): Dudzinski, Asare, Carroll, Rowan, Clark (Owusu 66), Fleet, Ashby, Harmon, McEachran (Coyle 66), Iaciofano, Benyon (Bancroft 45+5).

Unused subs: Dasilva, Matsuzaka.
Booked: Rowan, Iaciofano.
Referee: Dean Watson.

Sunday – Ebbsfleet United v Chippenham Town

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

Here’s how Twitter users reacted as the first two clubs book a place in the National League North and South playoff finals…


@danlucas99: Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes!!!! πŸ™ŒπŸ™Œβš½βš½

@adam_brig: FUCKING COME ON!!!!

@_andyhandy: Arise Sir Pete Jameson. Well played lads. Magnificent effort from everyone. πŸ’ͺπŸ‘

@bobbinsoncrusoe: Build Jameson a statue! Bring it on.

@gintyneman2020: I have one very buzzing 13 year old.

@YCFC1972: That’s for the fans that couldn’t make it!!! Unbelievable scenes!! Played against 12 men as the ref was shite!! Every single player gave 110%. The defence was phenomenal!! Bring on the final!!! #ycfc

@78ajs: Let’s have some positive praise for the 600 πŸ˜‚ (1K plus) @YorkCityFC fans there today, non stop backing for the lads today great to be part of it, well done all πŸ‘πŸ» #weareyork #ycfc πŸ”΄πŸ”΅πŸ‘ŠπŸ»

@Andrewpopplewe2: Just need @bostonunited to do there part tomorrow for a home final at the LNER. Come on York πŸ˜‰

@tjd01_: All the best in the final, hope you lot come up

@jay_rutherford: Wowzaaa!

@jimbalor: Go on The Minstermen! Delighted for ya. Go and win the final now. No business in this league. Also big up John Askey. I Completely wrote him off during the bad spell.

@rob_spereall: LIMBS!!! Not getting carried away just yet, lads. Next game is helluva lot bigger!

@WordenSimon: What a result boys. Get In. Made my day and rest of the week. One more massive 90 mins hopefully in this league and we can all celebrate promotion. #ycfc #yctid #playofffinql

@susher99: Absolutely awesome!! Well played and onto the Final πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

@MickCordukes: β€πŸ’™ love this club . I can’t wait till next Saturday.

@martshaw163: Fully deserved. Fans have suffered too long. Good luck. #oafc fan


@DMC_DEANO: Never in doubt! Was surprised how many β€œnervous” tweets there were in the last 24 hours. No side is any where near good enough to beat a Dorking side at home and with a 95% fit squad! Never the less, 1 more game to go 🀜🏻 πŸ”΄βšͺ️

@WaltonCasualsFC: @DorkingWDRS Bring on Saturday! A massive congratulations from everyone at Walton Casuals FC πŸ€©πŸ‘ŠπŸ»πŸ§‘

@BWFCJoshRutland: A massive congratulations to everyone at @DorkingWDRS. From where you started to where you are now , I can definitely see Dorking as a EFL club in the future. Well done Dorking πŸ”₯πŸ‘πŸ»

@andymhunt3: Good luck guys, hopefully see you next season, from a Stones steward.

@Will_DFC: dorking and maidstone best teams in the league by a mile.

@NLSTube: Brilliant game. Good to see the Dorking fans clapping the Oxford City players off at the end. Class.

@JLamps79: Part one done. What a shift from every single @DorkingWDRS player today. The relentless press in the heat was just too much for Oxford. Luke Moore rolled back the years, what a performance. Meadowbank rocking in the sunshine β˜€οΈ

@TRSafcw: Routine 3-0 win for Dorking Wdrs. Disappointing as a game as Oxford weren’t in it from minute one really! Quite likely DW will be a National League side by this time next week.

@Jels_87: Dorking too good…not even out of second gear. Different class @J_Cheads πŸ‘ŠπŸΌ

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