Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Since we're on our non league kick the last few days, we'll keep it going.

Sunday saw the playoff finals in both the Blue Square North and South Divisions and they were both very tight and close affairs.

Fleetwood Town, who missed out on the Championship by a point, triumphed 2-1 at home over Alfreton Town to secure their place in next year's Conference.

Fleetwood are a team much disliked by many in northern non league circles after their move up the ranks by splashing the cash and the subsequent arrogance deemed to exist amongst the club and their fans. It's the dream story of what can happen in the English pyramid though if someone invests money in a team, moving from the bottom to that one step before League football.

Most of the focus of our attention though was in the South playoff final. Woking travelled to Twerton Park to take on Bath City, a team with East Fife connections through the legendary Charlie Fleming, who is a cult hero at both clubs. We've followed their fortunes for the last few seasons and it's nice to see them finally get the success their football deserves.

Bath were formed in 1889 and have always been a non league club. Now, after their tense 1-0 win, they are one step away from League football.

It was a cracking match. You can view the highlights HERE. It's a great advert for non league football and what the TV companies are missing out on by not showing it currently.

Two fine matches. Two fine teams and additions to the Conference. The Blue Square Premier is just getting better and better each season.


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