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Three National League playoff finals confirmed following some surprising semi final results

Three National League playoff finals have been confirmed following some surprising semi final results across the two tiers this weekend.

In the top tier of non league, Notts County won in a thrilling game against Boreham Wood coming back from two goals down with a last-minute goal in extra time from Jodi Jones (3-2).

Jones’ audacious shot from the outside of the penalty area, just seconds looming towards the shootout, beat Joe McDonnell.

It came after Aden Baldwin scored with a headed equaliser (2-2) during the sixth minute of extra time after scoring a 35-yard screamer immediately after half time.

Femi Ilesanmi had punished the Magpies in the first half, smashing in the opener from close range before Lee Ndlovu quickly got onto a disastrous defensive error to make it 2-0 by half time.

Baldwin pulled a goal back after the break but ex-Notts goalkeeper McDonnell – who joined the Wood as an emergency loan for the playoffs – kept out Ruben Rodrigues’ penalty.

Baldwin steering home his dramatic late header on the sixth minute of stoppage time in the second half.

Jones then went on to win it sensationally in the 120th and final minute.

Notts County will face Chesterfield after the Spireites beat Bromley 3-2, but like the earlier kick off, had to go into extra time to be settled.

Chesterfield will face Notts County for the National League Promotion Final after beating Bromley with 10 men in extra time.

After the Ravens’ Adam Marriott scored in injury time during the first half, Deji Elrewe levelled with an own-goal, before he went on to get sent off.

Darren Oldaker free-kick in the 79th minute made it 2-1 to the Spirietes, but Michael Cheek’s equaliser in the 9th minute of additional time made it 2-2, taking the game to an extra time.

Liam Mandeville was on hand however to get the winning goal on 102 minutes, with a pitch invasion following the final whistle.

The game played out much longer with kick off being delayed by crowd congestion before a medical emergency occurred in the stands during the first half and then two drones hovered over the pitch in the second half.

Brackley Town will host Kidderminster Harriers in the National League North promotion final next Sunday with a 3:30pm kick-off.

Chester’s season ended after suffering defeat in their semi final as Brackley won at the Deva Stadium.

Saints’ right-back George Carline saw his long-range shot smash the back of the net with ten minutes remaining, securing the victory.

King’s Lynn saw their 2022/23 season, battling for the title with AFC Fylde, come to a crushing end after their playoff semi-final defeat to Kidderminster Harriers.

The league runners-up Lynn finished just behind the champions AFC Fylde with 93 points but their opposition who finished in 5th and 24 points lower came and won comfortably.

Hemmings opening the scoring before Stephens got one back for the hosts three minutes later. Morgan-Smith cooly slot home on 54 minutes to put Kiddy back in front, with Byrne finding the top corner to make it three, then Brown got the fourth.

Next Sunday, Oxford City will play St Albans City at 12:30pm in the National League South Promotion Final.

Zac McEachran scored a stunner from the edge the penalty area to give City the lead over Worthing just after midway through the first half, before Alfie Potter then doubled the hosts’ advantage shortly before the break.

This sets up a meeting with St Albans City who beat Dartford in the other semi final earlier on Sunday afternoon on penalties.

City held their hosts to a 1-1 draw after extra time, with Aidan Francis Clarke cancelling out an early opener by Harvey Bradbury in the 12th minute before the break.

Shaun Jeffers netted the first St Albans penalty, but Samir Carruthers failed with Dartford’s first effort.

From there, Glenn McConnell and Zane Banton held their nerves to send Saints in Sunday’s final against Oxford City.


2 May 2023 – Barnet 1–2 Boreham Wood
3 May 2023 – Woking 1–2 Bromley

7 May 2023 – Notts County 3–2 (a.e.t.) Boreham Wood
7 May 2023 – Chesterfield 3-2 (a.e.t.) Bromley

13 May 2023 – Notts County v Chesterfield


2 May 2023 – Alfreton Town 0–1 Kidderminster Harriers
3 May 2023 – Brackley Town 2–2 (a.e.t.) (5–3 p) Gloucester City

7 May 2023 – King’s Lynn Town 1–4 Kidderminster Harriers
7 May 2023 – Chester 0–1 Brackley Town

14 May 2023 – Brackley Town v Kidderminster Harriers


2 May 2023 – Chelmsford City 0–1 (a.e.t.) St Albans City
3 May 2023 – Worthing 2–1 Braintree Town

7 May 2023 – Dartford 1–1 (a.e.t.) (3–5 p) St Albans City
7 May 2023 – Oxford City 2–0 Worthing

14 May 2023 – Oxford City v St Albans City

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