Kerry Underwood

NATIONAL LEAGUE PLAY-OFFS: HOW THEY WORK AND HEMEL HEMPSTEAD TOWN’S OPTIONS

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I have been a Lawyer for 43 years and this is the most complicated advice I have prepared!

 

This system applies to the National League, National League North and National League South.

Dates vary according to the league, and appear at the end.

 

Here I use Team 2 for the team coming second, Team 3 for the team coming third etc.

 

The Champions go up automatically – that is the easy bit!

 

Teams 2 and 3 are automatically in the semi-finals, and at home.

 

The Quarter Finals

  • Team 4 v Team 7;

 

  • Team 5 v Team 6;

 

 

The Semi-Finals

  • Team 2  v  winners of the 5 v 6 quarter final;

 

  • Team 3   v  winners of the 4 v 7 quarter final.

 

 

The Final

The final will be played at the home of the team that ended higher in the league of the two finalists.

All matches are just a single leg with extra time and penalties if necessary, but no replays and no second legs.

Thus Team 2 must always be at home and Team 7 must always be away, as by definition they must always be higher/lower than any other team involved in the playoffs.

Team 3 will be at home in the semi-final, and if they win, away if Team 2 wins the other semi-final, but home to anyone else.

Team 4 will be at home in the quarter final and will be away in the semi-final and whether they are home or away in the final depends on who wins the other semi-final.

Likewise Team 5 – the position is the same as for Team 4.

Team 6 is away in the quarter final and away in the semi-final and will only be at home in the final if the other finalist is Team 7.

 

What Hemel Hempstead Town have to do

Hemel Hempstead Town are in the play-offs and tomorrow’s final round of ordinary league games determines what position they finish in and whether they are straight through to the semi-finals, with an automatic home fixture, or at home in the quarter finals, or away in the quarter finals.

 

Away in the Quarter Finals

This can only happen if Hemel Hempstead Town lose and Truro City win, which would put Hemel Hempstead Town down to sixth, the lowest they can finish. So even a defeat leaves us with a home quarter final unless Truro City win their difficult fixture at Hampton & Richmond.

 

A Hemel Hempstead draw

If Hemel Hempstead Town draw than they are guaranteed at least fifth place, and therefore a home quarter final.

If Chelmsford City and Hampton & Richmond both lose, then Hemel Hempstead Town go third and straight into the semi-finals unless Truro City win by five goals at Hampton & Richmond.

This is because Teams 3, 4, 5 and 6 will all be on 71 points.

Hemel Hempstead Town have a goal difference of 21 and Chelmsford City have a goal difference of 20.

By definition if Hemel Hempstead Town draw and Chelmsford City lose, Hemel Hempstead Town’s goal difference stays the same and Chelmsford City’s gets worse, and therefore Hemel Hempstead Town must end above them.

Hampton & Richmond’s goal difference is identical to Hemel Hempstead Town’s, but the same point applies – it must get worse if they lose and Hemel Hempstead Town’s will stay the same.

Truro City’s goal difference is five worse than Hemel Hempstead Town’s but they have scored exactly the same number of goals, that is 70.

Thus if Truro City win by five goals at Hampton & Richmond then their goal difference is the same – plus 21 – but they would have scored 75 goals and thus have more goals scored than Hemel Hempstead Town, unless Hemel Hempstead Town draw 5-5, or have an even higher score and draw, at  Weston Super Mare.

In case you think that is unlikely, that was the exact score when the teams met on 30 January 2016!

A win by six clear goals by Truro City at Hampton & Richmond would see them move above Hemel Hempstead Town on goal difference, if Hemel Hempstead Town draw.

 

Hemel Hempstead Town win and Chelmsford City and Hampton draw or lose then we end third on points

Thus, overall, if Hemel Hempstead Town do better than Chelmsford City and Hampton then we end third, and thus are in the semi-final, unless Truro City win by five or more at Hampton, subject to the point raised above Hemel Hempstead Town being in a 5-5 draw or above at Weston Super Mare.

I hope that is clear!

 

League Table

a

Final round of Fixtures

 b

National League

 

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Qualifying Round – Match A – 5th place vs 6th place

 

Thursday 3rd May 2018

Qualifying Round – Match B – 4th place vs 7th Place

 

Saturday 5th May 2018

Semi Final – 2nd place vs winner of Match A

 

Sunday 6th May 2018

Semi Final- 3rd place vs winner of Match B

 

Saturday 12th May 2018

Promotion Final – Wembley Stadium

 

 

National League North

 

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Qualifying Round – Match A – 5th place vs 6th place

Qualifying Round – Match B – 4th place vs 7th Place

 

Sunday 6th May 2018

Semi Final – 2nd place vs winner of Match A

Semi Final – 3rd place vs winner of Match B

 

Sunday 13th May 2018

Promotion Final

 

 

National League South

 

Wednesday 2nd May 2018

Qualifying Round – Match A – 5th place vs 6th place

Qualifying Round – Match B – 4th place vs 7th Place

 

Sunday 6th May 2018

Semi Final – 2nd place vs winner of Match A

Semi Final – 3rd place vs winner of Match B

 

Sunday 13th May 2018

Promotion Final

 

 

 

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Written by kerryunderwood

April 27, 2018 at 1:23 pm

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  1. Hi Kerry,

    With good luck and a pocket calculator, we (Harrogate Town) will be meeting HH in the national next season, and I will get to see your beloved team’s ground.

    All the best,
    Ian

    ian austin

    April 28, 2018 at 3:59 am

    • Ian

      Many thanks and good luck! We must make a good day of it at yours and ours if it happens. Fingers crossed!

      Kerry

      kerryunderwood

      April 28, 2018 at 10:09 am


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