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National League Final

Posted by Finlay Cowperthwaite
Posted on Fri 10 May 2019
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AFC Fylde meet Salford City in the National League play-off final in a game which would see either team reach League 2 for the first time in their history.

The Coasters finished in fifth place, four points behind their opponents and faced Harrogate Town in the first elimination round where they came out 1-0 winners. They were then underdogs as they faced second placed Solihull Moors away from home but defied the odds to pull off another 1-0 win.

The Ammies missed out on the title by four points, dropping off towards the end of the season finishing in third place, allowing them to bypass the first elimination round of the play-offs. They met Eastleigh, and after a tense game which ended 1-1 extra time and penalties were needed to separate the two sides, with Salford winning the shootout 4-3, booking a place at Wembley along with Fylde.

This season marks only Fylde’s second in the National League, and after falling short of promotion last season in the play-offs they will be looking to get the job done this time. Meanwhile Salford are looking to secure back-to-back promotions after only coming up from the National League North last season.

Since the club were taken over in 2014 by the ‘Class of 92’ and have since enjoyed a rapid rise from the depths of non-league to possible football league status for the first time in their history.

The key man to watch out for will be Fylde’s Danny Rowe, who finished as the league’s top scorer for the season with 27 goals and will be looking to add to his tally, aiding Fylde to football league status.

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