The potential make-up of the National League North for the 2019/20 season came a step closer last night following results in the Evo-Stik Premier Division North play-offs.

Favourites South Shields beat Buxton 4-2 at Mariners Park in front of a healthy crowd of 1, 878 with two goals from Carl Finnigan sandwiched in between strikes from Jon Shaw and Josh Gillies. Buxton saw defender Tom Dean sent-off just after the hour-mark for a second bookable offence.

South Shields will now face Warrington Town in the Evo-Stik Premier Division paly-off final on Saturday, and the winners will progress to the “super-play off final” where they will battle for a promotion place. Warrington beat Nantwich Town 4-1 in the other semi-final.

Farsley Celtic are already promoted to the National League North after lifting the title last week, ending the campaign three points clear of the free-spending South Shields.

Alvechurch, Stourbridge, King’s Lynn and Stratford Town await confirmation from the Football Association as to when their re-scheduled play-off’s are due to take place following an investigation into an allegation that Stratford Town have fielded an ineligible player at some stage during the season.

The Evo-Stik Southern Premier Division – South play-off’s will be played tonight as the Metropolitan Police entertain Salisbury, whilst Taunton Town face Poole Town in the other semi-final. Weymouth are already promoted to the National League South as Champions.

Locally, Westfields beat Pegasus Juniors 6-0 at Edgar Street in the HFA County Cup Final. The game was virtually “one-way traffic” from the start. Aidan Thomas (2), John Mills, Ollie Butler, Craig Jones and Alex Hainault were the scorers for ‘Fields.

Keith Hall

Images: Kev Wilson/South Shields FC.

Will Cheshire/Herefordshire FA.

By Editor

Lifelong Hereford supporter who has endured the rise and fall of the club through progressive generations. Sports journalist, broadcaster and commentator who will never forget his Edgar Street roots.

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