The quarter final playoff results from the National League North and South are in after what has been another busy weekend of football.
Yes, finally, fans rejoiced as non league football returned for the first time since the season was halted back in March.
Clubs voted for the playoffs to go ahead in tiers 5 and 6 of the English pyramid, which then was subsequently approved by the Football Association this week.
Of course it was a playoffs with an obvious difference, with supporters unable to fill the stands to cheer their team on to glory.
The coronavirus pandemic also meant players could travel to matches on the day, some already in their kits, teams can make five substitutions for the first time in an EFL game, and there are a multitude of way to control hygiene and sanitisation as well as toned down celebrations and elbow bumps instead of handshakes.
The National League eliminators have already been done and dusted, with Boreham Wood winning 2-1 against FC Halifax Town and Barnet knocking out Yeovil Town with two goals to nil. Read more and see goals by clicking HERE.
Luke Garrard’s side will now travel to semi finalists Harrogate Town whilst Barnet head up north to Notts County for a place in the playoff final at Wembley, with the winners getting promoted to the English Football League.
Our focus is on the divisions below the National League’s top tier, and there have been plenty of goals in Sunday afternoon’s four fixtures.
Altrincham survived a scare for a place in the semi final with a 3-2 win over Chester.
Josh Hancock fired Alty into the lead on the 34th minutes, rifling a thunderous low effort past keeper Louis Gray from 25 yards out.
Chester started the second half brighter, however conceded a penalty on the 53rd minute, seeing John Johnston sent off, which then Elliott Durrell scored from the spot, sending Gray the wrong way.
Six minutes later, it was 3-0 for Altrincham, when Durrell was played in and found the bottom corner with his left foot.
Though it was four minutes after that when Chester sparked a comeback as George Glendon sidefoots home after a great square pass from Anthony Dudley.
Blues boss Anthony Johnson expressed his anger on the touchine at the red card decision, before play turned a fair bit quieter towards the closing stages.
Chester pushed on and got their second with 11 minutes of normal time remaining when Matty Hughes hit home at the far post following a great pass from Matty Waters.
Johnson was then sent to stands for kicking a Lucozade bottle onto pitch after shout for a penalty was turned down, and then the full time whistle followed shortly after.
— Altrincham Today (@altrinchamtoday) July 19, 2020
Altrincham held on to win 3-2, meaning they will now face York City, who were league leaders before PPG placed them second in the table. Chester will have to spend a third season in the North division.
…and, breathe! ?
FT: Altrincham 3-2 Chester
Alty do just about enough to see out a spirited fight back from the visiting ten men, and advance to next weekend’s game at York.
— Altrincham FC (?) (@altrinchamfc) July 19, 2020
Brackley fell behind following a free-kick which floated in and found the far post where it is headed in by Jake Cooper right on half time.
However before the whistle could even blow for the break, Brackley immediately scored from the half-way line to take it level going into the break. Thankfully there is footage of that…
— tom (@01__TD) July 19, 2020
No more goals could be scored in the second half, so it was down to penalties to decide this tie, with the winners to face Boston United.
This is how it played out:
Pattison – goal: 1-0 Gateshead
Byrne – goal: 1-1
Deverdics – saved: 1-1
James – saved: 1-1
Nicholson – goal: 2-1 Gateshead
Maye – goal: 2-2
Olley – goal: 3-2 Gateshead
Armson – goal: 3-3
Blackett – goal: 4-3 Gateshead
Daire – goal: 4-4
Preston – missed: 4-4
Smith – saved: 4-4
Cooper – goal: 5-4 Gateshead
Lowe – goal: 5-5
Forbes – goal: 6-5 Gateshead
Myles – saved: Gateshead win 6-5
It’s Gateshead through, beating Brackley on penalties. And that’s the end of a magnificent afternoon of non-league entertainment. pic.twitter.com/m5wqK55rpw
— Martin Shaw (@shawma1) July 19, 2020
The first tie of the National League South saw Slough Town beaten 3-0 at home to Dartford.
Neil Baker and Jon Underwood’s side started brightly but the Rebels were unable to convert early chances.
It was Darts’ Charlie Sheringham who opened the scorer, the son of former England internation Teddy giving the visitors a 1-0 lead after 47 minutes before doubling the advantage on 55 minutes.
The win was wrapped up on 85 minutes when Luke Wanadio made it 3-0 to put any hopes of a comeback to an end.
Dartford will now face a trip to second placed Havant & Waterlooville in the semi final.
Second half goals from Charlie Sheringham (2) and substitute Luke Wanadio means Darts progress to the NLS play-off semi-finals.
— BBC Radio Kent Sport (@BBCKentSport) July 19, 2020
Dorking Wanderers also advanced through to the next stage after coming out victorious with a 2-0 win against Bath City.
They went ahead after 6 minutes thanks to a free-kick which wasn’t fully cleared by Alex Hartridge and James McShane pounced on the loose ball, curling low out of 2010 National League playoff winning keeper Ryan Clarke’s reach from around 12 yards.
The away side doubled their lead just before the break. It was a tremendous cross by McManus from the right, which then meets the head of Jason Prior, the ball hits the underside of the bar and nestled against the net.
Bath got one back when Ryan Brunt coverted from the penalty spot and just after that, Dorking’s Matt Briggs laid off to McShane who curled home but was flagged offside.
Briggs on a mazy run, lays off to McShane who curls home but is flagged offside.
Dorking held on win 2-1, and they will now face Weymouth in the second National League South playoff semi final.
Dorking are deserved 2-1 winners at Bath City. Meanwhile it’s penalties at Brackley pic.twitter.com/EitZiIEgKF
— Martin Shaw (@shawma1) July 19, 2020
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