June’s National League playoff ties have been confirmed with TV selections to be now announced following the conclusion of the final day.
The last set of games of the regular season played out in the fifth tier on Saturday afternoon, promotion already done with – Sutton securing that last week.
This time it was all about the playoffs, who would play who, which teams would be confirmed for it, who got the final two spots?
Torquay are already guaranteed second; Stockport County and Hartlepool United battling for third spot.
Both of those sides plus Notts County guaranteed play-off spots.
Wrexham, Chesterfield, Eastleigh, Bromley and Halifax fighting for final two play-off places.
Play-offs see 5th v 6th on 5 June, 4th v 7th on 6 June before the winners play against Torquay and Stockport/Hartlepool (12/13 June).
The playoff final takes place Bristol City’s Ashton Gate on the 20th of June.
Goal difference: +21
Fixture: Dagenham and Redbridge (A)
The Red Dragons have their fate in their own hands. If they win at Dagenham and Redbridge, who have nothing to play for, they will secure a place in the play-offs. A draw will be enough if Eastleigh and Bromley fail to win.
Goal difference: +16
Fixture: Halifax (A)
Like Wrexham, the Spireites are in charge of their own destiny. Victory guarantees a play-off finish. A point could get them over the line but realistically it has to be three. They could finish anywhere between sixth and tenth.
Goal difference: + 11
Fixture: Solihull Moors (A)
The Spitfires’ fate is out of their own hands after they conceded a late equaliser against Altrincham on Tuesday night. They trail Chesterfield on goal difference. They need to win at Solihull and hope the Spireites or Wrexham slip-up. A draw won’t be enough for them because both Town and the Shaymen can’t lose.
Goal difference: +9
Fixture: Notts County (H)
Andy Woodman’s side are behind Chesterfield on goal difference. They need to beat Notts County, who have already secured a play-off spot, and hope that two of Wrexham, Town and Eastleigh fall short. Notts could finish fourth with a win and if Hartlepool United lose. The Magpies need a point to secure fifth if Wrexham win.
Goal difference: +10
Fixture: Chesterfield (H)
The Shaymen need to beat Chesterfield and hope that Eastleigh and Bromley don’t pick up three points.
HOW THE AFTERNOON PLAYED OUT:
Dagenham & Redbridge hosted Wrexham live on BT Sport, with the broadcaster also showing goals as they go in from all the other games of those who were in a playoff battle.
The first goal of the 12:30pm kick offs came at Hartlepool on the 8th minute, with the hosts breaking the deadlock as Ryan Johnson’s back-post header flies past Benfield in the Weymouth goal.
This put them third in the table, which would be a place in the National League semi finals rather than the quarters. Stockport fell to 4th.
On the 14th minute at The Shay, a long-throw into the box wasn’t dealt with and Liam Mandeville popped around the defence and headed past Johnson. Chesterfield 1-0 up against Halifax.
This put the Spireites up to 6th, with Wrexham falling to 7th but would still qualify for a playoff place at this point.
The only other goals that went in elsewhere by the 20th minute was Maidenhead 1-0 at Boreham Wood, Aldershot one up against King’s Lynn and Woking 1-0 ahead at home against Wealdstone.
The 23rd minute saw a bit of fortune about Stockport going one up against Yeovil, as Rooney glided past Michael Kelly, cut inside and sees a shot deflect past Adam Smith.
On the 29th minute, Solihull Moors took the lead against Eastleigh and in some style! Hudlin was the man who laid the ball off to Ball who steadied himself and hit a left-footed strike from distance and it nestled into the far corner!
Following that, Halifax got themselves an equaliser through Stephenson against Chesterfield and Hartlepool went two up at home to Weymouth, Oates on the scoresheet there.
On the 30th minute mark, it meant that Torquay and Stockport would be in 2nd and 3rd, and occupying the other spots (in order) were Hartlepool, Notts County, Wrexham and Chesterfield.
HALF TIME | STATE OF PLAY
Altrincham 0-0 Torquay United
Barnet 0-0 Sutton United
Boreham Wood 0-2 Maidenhead United
Bromley 0-0 Notts County
Dagenham & Redbridge 0-0 Wrexham
FC Halifax Town 1-1 Chesterfield
Hartlepool United 2-0 Weymouth
King’s Lynn Town 1-2 Aldershot Town
Solihull Moors 2-0 Eastleigh
Woking 1-1 Wealdstone
Yeovil Town 0-1 Stockport County
On the 51st minute, it was Dagenham’s turn to break the deadlock, great play from Balanta, whose ball across the box was touched in by Paul McCallum. Wrexham in a spot of bother before then going a man down with the substitute getting sent off just after.
With half an hour left on the clock, Bromley scored a huge goal to put them 6th (playoffs), whilst Wrexham would go 7th (playoffs), and Chesterfield fall OUT.
Hayes Lane erupting with joy with Williamson getting a goal for the Ravens.
On the 80th minute, Chesterfield went back in front against Halifax, Nathan Tyson puts the Spireites backing the top 7 and it means Wrexham are now OUT of the playoffs. Hartlepool meanwhile went 4-0 up against Weymouth.
In the 89th minute, Wrexham got one back against Dagenham, however they knew they needed another to get a spot and immediately the raced up to try get it and the messed up their chance.
The final whistle blew at Dagenham and Wrexham of all the teams battling for a playoff place, fall out of them and face another season in non league.
FULL TIME | STATE OF PLAY
FT Altrincham (0) 0-0 (0) Torquay United
FT Barnet (0) 2-0 (0) Sutton United
FT Boreham Wood (0) 1-4 (2) Maidenhead United
FT Bromley (0) 1-0 (0) Notts County
FT Dagenham & Redbridge (0) 1-1 (0) Wrexham
FT FC Halifax Town (1) 1-2 (1) Chesterfield
FT Hartlepool United (2) 4-0 (0) Weymouth
FT King’s Lynn Town (1) 4-4 (2) Aldershot Town
FT Solihull Moors (2) 2-0 (0) Eastleigh
FT Woking (1) 2-4 (1) Wealdstone
FT Yeovil Town (0) 0-1 (1) Stockport County
NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFF TIES CONFIRMED
Sat 5 Jun 4pm:
Notts County v Chesterfield
Sun 6 Jun 4pm:
Hartlepool v Bromley
Sat 12 Jun 12pm:
Torquay v Notts County/Chesterfield
Sun 13 Jun 12pm:
Stockport v Hartlepool/Bromley
Sun 20 Jun 2pm:
Final at Ashton Gate
Fans reacted with National League playoff ties now confirmed – see what they had to say on it all…
@Dean7027: Well done @ChesterfieldFC what a turnaround this season has been good luck in in play offs #tarn #comeoneyoublues #ChesterfieldFC
@chesterOTD: All hail Dean Keates. Whether it be leaving, returning, not leaving, playing tedious football or bottling getting in the play-offs, everything he does seem to piss off the Wrexham fans. Top man
@ham_ezz: Even two bankrolled Hollywood actors can’t get wrexham into the football league
@DanWrexham: We’ve conceded an own goal and had a red card in a game where we need to win. If a game could ever sum up Wrexham as a club, it is this
@LiamHenton: Really dissapointing that Chesterfield and Notts meet in the eliminator. Want both through. Heart wants Notts. Head says Chesterfield
@lc1474: Anything other than a Torquay v Bromley final and the decision to have the final in Bristol is a shambles. 35th biggest stadium in England? 🤮
@deon_lt: Got it wrong from the start, we played awful and the better team won. Fulton shouldn’t be kept, he is awful, too clumsy and he cost us that 2nd half as well. Time to rebuild with a better brand of playing.
Wrexham fans realising they’re in the National League for the 14th season in a row pic.twitter.com/YInRtFA8Nh
— ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) May 29, 2021
Andy Woodman walked into a Bromley side that had just been defeated 3-0 by Wrexham and were five places below the Welsh side.
He remained unbeaten in 12 out of his last 13 games and has guided the club into the National League play-offs.
What an achievement. pic.twitter.com/7Ou8raeAny
— bet365 (@bet365) May 29, 2021
ON WREXHAM’S FULL TIME TWEET WITH NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAYOFF TIES CONFIRMED:
@welshinema: Devastating, not enough done in the first half of the season by lackluster performances but we can keep our heads up knowing that next year will be bankrolled and ran properly for a whole season and not quarter. Be prepared other teams to see a lot of L’s and us on top!
@ChrisBraisdell: Let’s face it….even if we’d have made it there was no hope we were going to win it with this team and manager!
@BradfordJM99: Wrexham still social distancing from the EFL
@Jackleachowen19: Keates time is up, fucked it on the last day
@PinchTRFC: 14 years
@DaveEdWxm: Keates at fault I’m sorry but the team was unbalanced, horsefield not played for 3 months and bought in shocking…… not sure if we were going for a draw but it wasn’t enough……..what’s wrong with going for it for once, it was a must win match, it really was. Gutted
@johnhumphreys85: Got everything Keates deserved, waited till the 89th minute for a shot in a must win game to confirm a PO spot. #Keatesout #Keatesball
@joetinniswood: He needs to go! We’ve known it all season. Even if we scraped through, who on earth were we going to beat in the playoffs?? New Management team, hopefully a good amount of transfer funds to use and fingers crossed we can have a real good go at getting out of this league!
@rhodesy4: Could it get any better? Chesterfield win, Wrexham lose???
@smokyblacon: Hollywood couldn’t write a script like that 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
@MH_TRFC: Well I feel a bit better about our season now hahaha
@josh_l_ht: now that we’re not getting promoted you can finally get rid of keates, he’s the reason we’re not getting promotion
@WxmRob: #KeatesOut Couldn’t fire the team up for the biggest game of the season. New direction from the dugout needed
@ngashcro: Let’s be honest – this team never got any real momentum and never made us believe ….clearly big changes needed for the next chapter.
@_OfficialSi: Tinpot then, tinpot now, tinpot forevermore.
@PinchTRFC: Hahahahah enjoy non league for another year
@bebington2: Ha ha you sheep shagging bottle jobs Wrexham.