Latest news roundup
There are big stories surrounding the National League as well as the National North and South as Orient are back where they belong while there is controversy surrounding the play-offs in the National League South.
It’s good news for The Shaymen, as skipper Matty Brown has been selected for the final National League team of the week after a solid performance in the 2-0 victory over play-off side AFC Fylde.
Last night the 29th April, relegated side Havant & Waterlooville appointed Paul Doswell as their new manager. Doswell was previously manager of Sutton United for 11 years. Doswell was notably gained attention when his Sutton side reached the FA Cup fifth-round losing 0-2 to Arsenal, on that run Doswell oversaw victories over AFC Wimbledon and Leeds United. His first immediate task is to get The Hawks back in the National League.
Leyton Orient have been officially promoted back to the football league at the second time of asking after a 0-0 draw against relegated Braintree. The O’s were relegated to the National League in the 16/17 season after some off the field troubles, but now find themselves back in England’s fourth tier after finishing three points ahead of title rivals Solihull Moors.
In the National League South there is controversy surrounding Concord Rangers as the Essex club were kicked out of the play-offs after failing to meet grading requirements, as their ground doesn’t have 500 covered seats. This now means that only five teams will contest in the play-offs for a place in the National League and Concord will remain in the National League South, with improvements needed to Thames road for them to have a chance of promotion should they get into the same position next season.
Meanwhile Stockport sealed promotion back to the National League after a 3-0 win away at basement club Nuneaton. The Hatters were crowned champions of the National League North title on the final day, finishing one point above Chorley.
It’s bad news for Yeovil Town however as they were relegated from the football league with one game to go after failing to win at Northampton. The Glovers sacked long-serving manager Darren way earlier in the month in a bid to avoid the drop however have been unsuccessful and sit four points adrift of 22nd placed Macclesfield going into the final day of the season.