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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 21 Apr 2014
Posted in First Team

The penultimate round of fixtures in the Skrill Premier take place this Bank Holiday Monday, April 21st.

As Neil Aspin’s side travel to the seaside town of Southport looking to secure their play-off berth, there are ten other 3 o’clock kick-offs.

However, the pick of the matches in gameweek 45 is the 17:15 kick-off between play-off chasing Braintree and Martin Allen’s Barnet, at The Hive. The game is live on BT Sport and Braintree know that victory is vital if they are to keep alive their hopes of sneaking into the play-offs. Whilst it is not mathematically impossible for Barnet to make the play-offs, they would have to rely on other results going their way even if they won their final two games.

Just prior to the kick-off of that game on BT Sport, Kenilworth Road will see presentation of the league trophy to champions Luton Town. That will come after they have taken on Forest Green, as they look to edge closer to the a three figure final points tally, but know that they must take maximum points from their final two games in order to do so.

Due to the late kick-off of their game, Braintree could find themselves further adrift in the play-off hunt. Grimsby can all but secure their own place in the play-offs with victory over basement club Hyde. Victory would put them five points clear of Braintree.

Another team hoping to take a big step towards securing their place in the end of season finale is Gateshead, who currently occupy 5th position. They travel to Macclesfield knowing that victory would mean that they only have to draw their last game.

Another team that having quite given up their bid to make the play-offs is Kidderminster, who would leapfrog Braintree momentarily if they win their home game against Nuneaton, who themselves were looking good for the play-offs until their recent run of poor form that has seen them go without a win in seven.

At the opposite end of the table, Dartford will be looking to give their survival hopes a boost when they play host to already relegated Tamworth at Princes Park. The Darts are three points off safety and will climb out of the relegation zone with a victory, if 20th placed Chester fail to get anything from their game away at 2nd placed Cambridge United.

However, Hereford United could also throw a spanner in the works if they beat Alfreton Town, who are without a win in six games, at Edgar Street.

Elsewhere, Woking host Aldershot, Salisbury entertain Welling and Lincoln City travel to Wrexham.

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