Four sides could still end the season in fifth, which make play-off permutations an ever changing minefield until the full time whistle blows at the Northolme, the Marine Travel Arena, the Sir Tom Finney Stadium, the Weaver Stadium and Warrington Town’s Cantilever Park. The play-off schedule will see 2nd vs 5th and 3rd vs 4th, on Tuesday night (26th April) with the winners facing each other in a 3pm kick off, on Bank Holiday Monday. This game will be played at the home of the side finishing highest in the table. And therefore, albeit a slim chance, that shows the importance of Bish's boys in blue securing that fourth spot.
Thursday night saw Nantwich Town travel to Marske to keep their season alive to the final day. And their two all draw away from home dragged Atherton right into the final day mix at the bottom of the table. Nantwich need to win and Atherton lose to already ready relegated Stalybridge Celtic and there to be a seven goal swing; stranger things have happened! May the best team win.
Last time Trinity and FC United locked horns was back in November when Gainsborough ran out 3-1 winners. Liam Waldock, Harry Lewis and Curtis Durose with the goals for the Holy Blues, in a fantastic advert for the Northern Premier League! Neil Reynolds' Red Rebels had looked to be putting a late run together for the play-offs, only to have their outside hopes scuppered by Stafford Rangers last time out. A 1-0 Stafford win, quickly halting United's momentum that had seen them score five, twice in three days, over the Easter Bank Holiday weekend. First scoring five at home to Bamber Bridge, before going nap at Hurst Cross. Bish and Stampy's Blue Army will have to be wary of that scoring threat, as we look to end the season on a high, with some team accolades a distinct possibility. We keep moving forwards.
Our Matchday Programme, produced in association with our friends at Matchday Creative, is priced at £2.50 and is available to buy at the turnstiles. Full of facts and figures, and plenty of great reading material and fantastic images from our 4-0 victory over Liversedge on Bank Holiday Monday courtesy of Photography Street: Projecting Business Forward. BBC Radio Lincolnshire's Dale Storey reflects on an impressive season, while Neal Bishop and Skipper, Andrew Wright celebrate the success that has been this season, but both insist; the season isn't finished, just yet!
We also pay tribute to Lynn Marsland, a member of the Gainsborough Trinity family, who sadly passed away recently. Ahead of the game, at the request of her family, we will hold a minute of applause to celebrate her life and cherish her memory. Please join us as we pay our respects.
A special thanks to all of our amazing sponsors, not only for this weekend's game, but throughout the season too! As FC United visit the Dave Longstaff Martin and Co Arena, please join us in extending a warm welcome to:
Gold Sponsors: Poker Face
Silver Sponsors: Iggy's Boys
Bronze Sponsors: Cre 8 (Dave Carney)
Match Ball Sponosrs: EPM
We hope you enjoy your afternoon, and enjoy the Holy Blues adding to our impressive goals for, goal difference and point tallies.
It's the final day of the regulation Pitching In Northern Premier season on Saturday. And boy, has this season not half whistled past? With plenty of jostling for position still to be had, on final day three sides could still feasibly grab the final play-off spot, with Hyde United, Radcliffe and Matlock Town. In full, the final day fixtures are:
Bamber Bridge vs Ashton United
Lancaster City vs Guiseley
Liversedge vs Marske United
Marine vs Matlock Town
Morpeth Town vs Warrington Rylands
Nantwich Town vs Radcliffe
Stafford Rangers vs South Shields
Stalybridge Celtic vs Atherton Collieries
Warrington Town vs Hyde United
Whitby Town vs Belper Town
Preview written by Rob Hughes (@AATM_Media)
Photos by Kate Simmonds (KLS Photography)