Fantastic day as four East Anglian clubs look forward to play-offs
BURY Town, Lowestoft Town and Chelmsford City all made their respective play-offs after a nervy final day of the non-league football season.
The trio will line up on Tuesday in the semi-finals of the play-offs, with Bury and Lowestoft locking horns at Ram Meadow in what should be a cracking local derby with a place in next weekend’s final at stake.
The Suffolk pair and Chelmsford all had the same scenario going into yesterday’s final day – win and their season would be kept alive, but anything less could see them slip out of the top five.
In the Blue Square Bet South, Chelmsford beat Hampton & Richmond Borough 3-1 thanks to a brace from Wayne Gray and one from John Martin to book a last four spot against Ebbsfleet United.
The first leg of the semi-final will be at Melbourne Stadium on Tuesday night (7.45pm ko) with the return at Ebbsfleet’s Stonebridge Road on Sunday (3pm ko).
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The Ryman League Premier Division semi-final play-offs, which are played over just one game, pit local rivals Bury and Lowestoft - in what will be the fourth time they have met each other this season and the second time in just over a week.
A Sam Reed goal gave Bury a nervy 1-0 win over Wealdstone to consolidate third position, and home advantage in the semi-finals, while four goals in the final 20 minutes for Lowestoft gave them an ultimately comfortable 4-1 win at bottom club Folkestone Invicta.
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After going behind to James Dryden’s goal just after half-time, a deficit that saw the Trawlerboys pushed out of the promotion shake-up, they eventually booked their place with goals from Matt Nolan, Adrian Forbes, Andrew Cave-Brown and Russell Stock.
Bury and Lowestoft do battle again on Tuesday night at Ram Meadow (7.45pm ko).
The quartet is completed by Needham Market who were already assured of second place. They host Brentwood on Tuesday (7.45pm ko).
- See tomorrow’s East Anglian Daily Times/Evening Star for all the latest play-off news and reaction