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Malcolm Clarke (Midlands) - 1

A quick question. I have purchased a main stand seat.

The original form said collection next week (w/c 15th) but I have today received an email giving a slot for Monday 22nd not 15th.

I wanted to check that this is right and not a mistake in the email.

I rang the club but not surprisingly, nobody there.

Can any other readers confirm that it has been put back a week?
Malcolm Clarke (Midlands) - 2

I can't resist the temptation to join in with the BC memories, green 'uns etc.

A week before Christmas 1956, when I was 10, our family relocated from Stoke on Trent to Upper Poppleton. I was miserable. It was mid-winter. I had been separated from all my friends.

I had never been anywhere in the north of England before and it felt like we might as well have moved to the North Pole! 

The head teacher at Poppleton Primary School took the mickey out of me in front of the class because I couldn't do joined-up writing! 

My father took me to Bootham Crescent to try to cheer me up, and it began to work. I slowly became a City fan.

The following autumn I went to "Archies" and a group of us went to BC every week. First team one week, reserves the next. I have some lovely memories of those days.

There were, of course, no mobile phones, and when it was the reserves week we were desperate to know how the first team were getting on.

I remember the sense of nervous anticipation when shortly after half-time there would be a crackle as they turned on the tannoy to give the first team half time score.

Talking of half-time scores, on first team weeks, there was that unique scoreboard at the Shipton Street end with letters corresponding to matches listed in the programme and the man with the hook putting up cricket scoreboard type numbers.

Then there was the tunnel under the pop stand - I've never seen another like it at a ground. We used to meet in the corner at the Bootham Crescent end, and if City were attacking Shipton Street in the first half we had to race along it to get to the other end before the game kicked off.

And we always used it to change ends at half time to get to the end City were attacking, sometimes enjoying banter with opposition fans coming the other way.

That of course was never going to survive the rise of football hooliganism. 

And the flag, which was ceremoniously taken down with 5 minutes to go, which could be a relief to see it if we winning and panic if we weren't.

You could hear a buzz as it was taken down, with fans tapping their mates on the shoulder, pointing and whispering - "Flag's coming down". Looking back, I'm not quite sure why we didn't just look at our watches! 

There was a guy with an all-button suit who always walked round the crowd before big games such as cup ties against higher league opposition. Who was he?

And when there was a collection, no collection tins, but a large sheet was taken around the edge of the ground and the crowd threw coins down, which was something of a hazard for those at the front, particularly children. These days you'd get thrown out and banned for throwing a coin in a ground!   

I'd walk to the station to get the train back to Poppleton. Like others, I remember the van screeching into the station forecourt and throwing out a string-bound bundle of green 'uns for the paper seller from which we could learn all the other scores.

My memory is that the train was 5.35/5.40 but I still got a green 'press before getting it, which seems extraordinary given it was under an hour since the games had finished. 

Let us hope that the new ground will provide a set of new memories, habits and traditions for the future generations of City fans.

Dave Wake (Durham)

Unless the league is suspended, or worse; declared nil and void, is it right to anticipate a game against AFC Fylde next Tuesday?

If so, it will be a major disappointment that we cannot start our history in the new ground with spectators in attendance.

One aspect of a club's traditions that I like, is the regular tune to herald the arrival of the teams onto the pitch just before kick off.

At Bootham Crescent  (am I the only one who finds the use of "Bootham" without the street's name jarring?) we have had a variety of walk-on music.

"Fanfare for the Common Man", "Ready to Go", and Right Here Right Now" became favourites for me over the years but I must admit to envy of those clubs with an enduring theme tune.

I was lucky enough to get tickets for a European night at Anfield and the atmosphere generated by YNWA was truly electric. To a lesser degree, Blue Moon at Man City also.   

Instrumentals;  Z Cars at Everton (and Watford), Local Hero (or more correctly "Going Home") for Newcastle and the classical Dance of the Knights at Sunderland have their devotees (and some detractors)

I think it would be good to start a tradition at Monks Cross with some music that stirs the home crowd.

(I'm not quite sure why "I'm forever blowing bubbles" has such an effect on West Ham supporters)

So what would be appropriate for our club?

It would be good to have some kind of connection with the city.

John Barrie has written or arranged quite a few scores and themes. 

There are some Barrie themes that might seem apposite given the history that led us to Monks Cross - Midnight Cowboy, King Rat and Masquerade spring to mind.

The Black Hole, Indecent Proposal and Dances with Wolves also have some resonance. 

All Time High (from Octopussy) wouldn't be appropriate.

Or something from Shed Seven - "Going for Gold"? Perhaps the group's "Chasing Rainbows" is more apt. (I recently heard their "Enemies and Friends" which has a driving beat that might work)

Perhaps a local connection isn't necessary.
In the City -The Eagles/Joe Walsh or The Jam
or New York, New York by Frank Sinatra would take us down another line.

I hope our ground sponsors don't pull rank and insist on 
Ocean Colour Scene - The Day We Caught The Train.

Given the need for a connection across the generations (and subject to permissions) The Bond Theme from Dr. No might be the best consideration.

Or maybe the idea of regular walk on music is out of tune with modern thinking?

Trust and FSA launch mental health campaign

York City Supporters Trust are very pleased to be joining forces with the FSA in the launch of this fantastic initiative.

As Sarah Stelling, one of our Trust directors, sits on the FSA national game council, she will be highly involved in working alongside other trusts and bringing to our fans news about the initiative and exciting events in the coming months.

We look forward to you joining us in our efforts.

‘No fines or sanctions have been raised or recommended’ – National League

The National League have said that ‘no fines or sanctions have been raised or recommended’ in relation to charges against clubs not fulfilling fixtures.

A statement from the league this afternoon reads: “Many things have been written regarding charges recently raised in connection for non-fulfilment of fixtures under league rules. It may be helpful to explain that this process is merely a mechanism for the league to deal with each of the occasions for non-fulfilment.

“No fines or sanctions have been raised or recommended and this will be considered at the next stage. An independent panel will be appointed to hear each case and it will be at this stage the issue of ‘just cause’, as outlined in the rule, will be objectively assessed in each case based on the evidence before them.

“In the interest of fairness of all parties, the cases will not be heard until such time as the outcome of the resolutions are known. It is important that the framework in place is followed in a consistent manner in all cases and clubs are able to make their representations appropriately and fairly.

“The league will not make any comment during the process on individual cases in fairness to all clubs but will issue the outcomes and reasons for the decisions following their conclusions. Should clubs remain unsatisfied with the outcome, they will also all have the opportunity to appeal the decision directly to The Football Association, which will be heard by a further independent panel in line with The FA rules and regulations.”

Spartans charged for not fulfilling league fixture with Bradford Park Avenue

Blyth Spartans say the club have been charged for not fulfilling Tuesday’s National League North fixture with Bradford (Park Avenue).

The club also confirm that this weekend’s match with AFC Telford United has been postponed.

Blyth had informed the National League of their intention not to travel.

On the charge issued for not playing the Bradford (Park Avenue) fixture, the club say:

“We are in the process of responding to the National League by using the appropriate procedures.”

National League left hanging in balance as money runs out

By Nick Ames

Late on Thursday afternoon variations of the same email began dropping in a number of National League chairmen’s inboxes and an unseemly situation became that much messier.

The message was more or less uniform: the league was either charging its clubs for not fulfilling fixtures over the past week or holding the prospect of sanctions, which could include fines or even expulsion, over them if they opted not to play this weekend.

Nobody’s mind has been changed. The clubs will not be strong-armed and it means, when a decimated schedule is surveyed on Saturday, icy weather conditions tell only a fraction of the story.

A disrupted season has reached crisis point, with cash-strapped smaller clubs adamant it should be declared null and void while others aim to press on. The campaign’s continuation is being put to a vote but, in the meantime, temperatures across England’s fifth and sixth tiers are rising amid a standoff wrenching at the domestic game’s very fabric.

“To put us under this pressure is quite incredible,” says Wayne Salkeld, chairman of the National League North club Curzon Ashton. “It’s unacceptable from the league, especially considering the position some clubs are in. We need a resolution.”

Curzon Ashton have told Brackley Town that Saturday’s game will not be going ahead, having already called off fixtures against Boston United and Hereford in the past week, and were among those charged on Thursday.

The reasoning is straightforward: the club say they cannot afford to play without financial assistance they say they had been led to believe was forthcoming before the season began.

There would have been no 2020-21 campaign had National League clubs not received a £10m National Lottery grant in October, designed to mitigate the financial problems wrought by Covid-19 and the absence of fans.

But that money was intended to cover only the subsequent three months; the league is understood to have thought such support would continue if the picture did not improve, but no further blanket injection of cash has been forthcoming.

Many clubs feel they effectively started playing under false pretences and have now been left high and dry.

“We wouldn’t have kicked a ball this season if we’d known this was going to happen,” Salkeld says.

There appears to have been a misunderstanding about the support available beyond the new year.

“Money was needed very, very quickly to save clubs,” Jim Parmenter, chairman of the National League top-flight club Dover Athletic, says. “So people took it on trust and understood it would happen. But it hasn’t.”

Parmenter resigned from the National League board this week, saying he could “no longer support the direction of travel”.

Clubs are being invited to apply for low-interest loans from Sport England under the government’s winter survival package or, in exceptional cases, further grants but the processing time is unclear and there is widespread horror about the prospect of being saddled with debt in such an uncertain climate.

“We’ve been told it could take two or three weeks but that’s too late for us,” says the Tonbridge Angels chairman, Dave Netherstreet, whose club have bitten the bullet and asked for a loan.

“I could see us suspending our matches until we’re in a financial position that means we can carry on. It really is a muddle.”

The department for digital, culture, media and sport told the Guardian no ongoing funding was promised in the form of grants.

There is understood to be frustration on the DCMS’s side with the process, particularly at the slowness with which clubs have opened their books in applying for assistance.

The implication is that, had they done so earlier, the money would be more quickly forthcoming. In the event, other sports have moved ahead in the queue.

Dover have, like Curzon Ashton, applied for a grant but Parmenter is pessimistic about seeing any money before March.

That would be too late for Dover so this week he announced his intention to cease all football operations and effectively put the club in cold storage.

“I want to make sure the club survives as a company and won’t go bankrupt,” Parmenter says.

“If we continue as we are we won’t exist. My responsibility is to save the club and keep us going forward, so it’s there for the future.”

Clubs were asked at the start of the month, following a two-week halt to the regional divisions while solutions were discussed, to vote on continuing or voiding, and on which levels that would apply to.

They were given a 28-day deadline but an outcome is believed to be close.

The tealeaves suggest top-flight clubs, a number of whom covet a Football League spot, will vote to play on.

The situation lower down seems less clear-cut, with southern clubs largely in favour of continuing but those in the northern section favouring a halt.

That impasse is why many are uneasy about playing games that could be erased from the record, or prove irrelevant if only the top flight continues and relegation is scrapped.

Gateshead have refused to face Fylde on Saturday and stated: “The club does not wish to travel ... incur the costs of competing in an away fixture which could be rendered meaningless as a result of the proposed resolution in the coming weeks.”

Funded Covid-19 testing, hitherto absent, has also been contentious. While the league plans to introduce that soon, there have been logistical issues and rollout may not take place until later in February.

The National League is understood to feel it has a responsibility to those members who do want to keep playing, which it believes are in the majority, which is why clubs were charged for postponements this week.

The risk is a league with 66 clubs and any number of competing motivations will eat itself.

One National League North chairman says the situation is breeding considerable animosity between members with differing resources.

Parmenter believes Covid-19 has accelerated divisions that have been several years in coming.

“Ultimately I want us to get the grant, play on and fulfil our fixtures,” Salkeld says.

“We don’t want to be in this position.”

Nobody does but, as a zombie league staggers through the weekend, that increasingly appears to be the only thing everyone has in common.

Club chairman accuses some National League clubs of looking to “subvert” voting over finishing the campaign

By Richard Cawley  

Dulwich Hamlet chairman Ben Clasper has accused some clubs of “subverting” the vote over whether the National League season should be completed.

The Champion Hill outfit issued a statement a week ago saying they would not fulfil their fixtures until the 128-year-old club’s future was not at risk.

Teams in the three divisions are risking expulsion or a points deduction if they do not play despite the fact that no grants are in place for the second half of the campaign to cover the lack of income from playing in empty stadiums.

The National League South campaign resumed at the weekend but Dulwich have not played since the end of 2020.

Clasper said: “The National League are still offering no solution to the problem. That’s why clubs are saying they are unable to play games and that they are forcing us into debt.

“Clubs are being evaluated by Sport England but it is still thought the likelihood is loans. The overwhelming majority of clubs will reject loans – that’s not the magic wand the league thinks it is.

“The vote about whether the season should continue has to remain open for 28 days and the clubs who want to continue are withholding votes – effectively forcing the league to play another three or four weeks. That is appalling behaviour.

“One club in the National League North wrote to the clubs in all three divisions last night and said ‘your actions are causing misery and distress for employees – just vote’.

“The league’s next problem is that there is an attempt by clubs who want to continue to renege on their vote by voting away the rights of the South and North leagues to vote, knowing that the top division is likely to want to continue. They know that would mean that everyone has to do what the top division does.

“To disenfranchise clubs…I’ve got no words for that.

“The poor league has said ‘here is how we are going to resolve it’ and they have put in place a process that can be subverted. That is what is happening.

“Our local rivals Tonbridge put out a statement that was similar to ours – they played at the weekend. But they played out of fear of reprisals from the league. They followed that up by saying on Wednesday they will be insolvent by the end of the month.

“The action, or inaction, of the league is putting long-standing community clubs out of existence.

“We want to be playing football – we’re not refusing – but we’re in the situation of a lot of clubs at the moment in that we’re unable to play without putting the existence of the club at risk.

“We have surveyed 500 of our fans and they don’t want us to do that. We also had a club meeting with our volunteers and board and they were unanimous as well. We are following the will of the Dulwich community on this one.”

The National League declined to comment when approached by the South London Press this week.

York City tried to get a league game to replace Farsley Celtic

By Joe Richardson

YORK City have confirmed their next fixture will be at home to AFC Fylde next Tuesday despite efforts to get a league game in on Saturday.

Farsley Celtic were due to visit the LNER Community Stadium in National League North for a 3pm kick off today but have refused to travel.

City boss Steve Watson said he would be open to trying to get a game in when the scheduled opposition takes such a stance, and that appears to be just what the club have done.

He said: "We’ve tried everything to arrange a league game for tomorrow but unfortunately to no avail. I’m sure our fans are as frustrated as we are but there were obstacles at every turn.

"I feel sorry for not only our players but for players at other clubs because I’m sure no footballer wants to be sitting at home on a Saturday afternoon when they are fit and ready to play - but unfortunately that’s where we find ourselves.

"So the focus is now on Fylde on Tuesday night and a game that I’m as confident as I can be that will go ahead."

Ending the season early would be "soul-destroying for a lot of people" says York City boss Steve Watson

By Joe Richardson

YORK City manager Steve Watson has said not finishing the season after the work put in to get it off the ground would be "soul-destroying" for many.

The fate of the 2020/21 National League North campaign hangs in the balance as teams from Steps 1 and 2 vote on the league's resolution to consider the end of the season.

It is currently estimated that 22 teams from the National League's North and South divisions are in favour of declaring the season null and void, with 18 opposed. This tally does not reflect how teams will vote on Resolution One (for the two Steps to vote separately on their own seasons), which further muddies predictions.

York are known to be in favour of seeing the season through to completion but have not made their vote public.

The season has been a bumpy road thus far, getting going only in early October after the league secured a grant from the National Lottery. Anticipated further funding was then confirmed to be coming in the main as loans, angering clubs who expected more grants. Sports Minister Nigel Huddleston suggested this expectation was brought on by miscommunication and that the Government promised no such thing.

A two-week suspension to Step 2 playing activity was introduced but few clubs have seen little reason to pick up fixtures again with the debate ongoing.

Farsley Celtic, whom York were due to host today, are one of the teams to refuse to play. The fixture is now postponed on the National League's website.

Asked what he would like to hear from the National League in such uncertain circumstances, Watson said: "We've got limited knowledge because we're not involved in all the meetings and don't see all the paperwork.

"I suppose the only thing that would guarantee the league to be starting would be for grants to be given but I do understand there must be a reason why that's not possible.

"I would say that's the only way of guaranteeing we'd all be able to carry on.

"Unless it's absolutely financially impossible to see the season through, we all need to try our very best to get that done.

"To get this season going, to be promised a season to do our best to finish from starting it, to potentially finishing it not even halfway through, it's soul-destroying for a lot of people.

"We've all got a responsibility to do absolutely everything we can to get it going."

Dulwich Hamlet, of the National League South, face charges for missing two fixtures, and North division side Southport could face one charge if they do not host Kettering Town today.

Concord Rangers have also been issued with a charge for not playing last Saturday but chairman Ant Smith has hit back and written to the league's interim general manager Mark Ives that the club will not be answering the charge.

Smith said he told Ives before the fixture that Concord would not play until the club had Covid testing in place and that the league's subsequent announcement (reported on Saturday evening) of free testing for clubs highlighted Concord's "just cause".

National League to wait until resolutions vote is in before hearing cases of non-fulfilment

By Joe Richardson

THE National League have said that cases of non-fulfilment of fixtures will not be heard until after the results of the vote on the league's resolutions are known.

In a statement issued on Friday, the league said charges - which have been issued to National League South sides Dulwich Hamlet and Concord Rangers - are "merely a mechanism" to deal with cases of teams not fulfilling fixtures and not an indication of impending sanction.

An independent panel will hear each case after the vote, to which teams still have more than two weeks to respond.

Under rule 8.39 of the league, clubs failing to fulfil a fixture can face a points deduction, a fine or expulsion from the competition, while their opponents could be handed points.

The statement reads: "Many things have been written regarding charges recently raised in connection for non-fulfilment of fixtures under league rules.

"It may be helpful to explain that this process is merely a mechanism for the league to deal with each of the occasions for non-fulfilment. No fines or sanctions have been raised or recommended and this will be considered at the next stage.

"An independent panel will be appointed to hear each case and it will be at this stage the issue of “just cause” as outlined in the rule will be objectively assessed in each case based on the evidence before them.

"In the interest of fairness of all parties, the cases will not be heard until such time as the outcome of the resolutions are known.

"It is important that the framework in place is followed in a consistent manner in all cases and clubs are able to make their representations appropriately and fairly.

"The league will not make any comment during the process on individual cases in fairness to all clubs but will issue the outcomes and reasons for the decisions following their conclusions.

"Should clubs remain unsatisfied with the outcome they will also all have the opportunity to appeal the decision directly to the Football Association which will be heard by a further independent panel in line with the FA rules and regulations."

Bootham Crescent auction attracts early interest

By Joe Richardson  

THE Bootham Crescent auction is “going very well”, York City’s marketing and communications director Richard Adams has reported.

Launched on Tuesday, there were 132 items up for sale at the auction ahead of the Minstermen’s move away from their home of almost 90 years.

Some items are listed to be bid on and some in the ‘buy it now’ format. Within a day and a half, the sale had attracted 450 bids.

Among the items listed are conventional memorabilia such as signs (ranging from those indicating sections in stands to the sizeable ‘Welcome to Bootham Crescent’ signs at the entrance) and the more novel, including urinals and crush barriers.

One York fan is bidding on the rail where he met his now wife, and where they and their children have stood for matches over the years.

“We have been selling seats since September and sold well over 800,” Adams said. “The next part launched the other day and it’s going very well. I was told (on Wednesday) night we had 450 bids.

“I don’t know whether that’s increased but I’ve had a few emails so fingers crossed.”

Bidders can also submit requests for items not listed on the website. A lower-league club in the North West has enquired about the floodlights, which originally came from Manchester United’s training ground.

Adams himself does not have much space for memorabilia in his home, he says. This includes a signed and framed purple shirt worn specially for the 2009 FA Trophy final against Stevenage Borough which he donated to the vice presidents’ room at Bootham Crescent and which he will consider offers for. 

More details on the auction can be found at yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk/news/bootham-crescent-items-now-auction. For further information, email Adams at Richard.Adams@yorkcityfootballclub.co.uk or phone 07766 398073​.

No game for City this weekend

By Dan Simmonite

We can confirm that after the postponement of the Farsley Celtic game, our next match will be against AFC Fylde on Tuesday 16th February.

Manager Steve Watson said: "We’ve tried everything to arrange a league game for tomorrow but unfortunately to no avail. I’m sure our fans are as frustrated as we are but there were obstacles at every turn.

"I feel sorry for not only our players but for players at other clubs because I’m sure no footballer wants to be sitting at home on a Saturday afternoon when they are fit and ready to play - but unfortunately that’s where we find ourselves.

"So the focus is now on Fylde on Tuesday night and a game that I’m as confident as I can be that will go ahead."
A round-up of news from York City's rival Vanarama National League (North) clubs.
Saturday fixtures

AFC Fylde P-P Gateshead
AFC Telford United P-P Blyth Spartans
Bradford Park Avenue P-P Hereford
Curzon Ashton P-P Brackley Town
Gloucester City v Chorley
Guiseley P-P Boston United
Kidderminster Harriers P-P Darlington
Leamington P-P Chester
Southport v Kettering Town
Spennymoor Town P-P Alfreton Town
York City P-P Farsley Celtic

Gloucester City

Gloucester have signed defender/midfielder Cameron McGlip (23) from National League South club Slough Town. McGlip began his career in Australia with A-League club Melbourne Victory. Moving to the UK, he signed for Swindon Town in 2019. After two loan spells at Hungerford Town, he joined Slough.

Kidderminster Harriers

Harriers have signed an extended contract with forward Ashley Hemmings (29), retaining him until at least the summer of 2022. Manager Russ Penn said he wanted to ensure Hemmings was committed to the club after scoring 12 goals in his 38 appearances so far. His former clubs include Wolves, Walsall, Dagenham & Redbridge, Mansfield Town, Boston United, Salford City and AFC Fylde.
Please check with the club's official website for late changes to fixtures before committing to travel.
Pre-season friendlies

September
Sat 5 Newcastle United U-23 1, York City 4 (Trialist, Olly Dyson, Rob Guilfoyle (2))
Tue 8 South Shields 3, York City 0 
Sat 12 Whitby Town 2, York City 0
Sat 19 York City 0, Stockport County 1
Sat 26 Notts County 0, York City 3 (Wright, Cassidy, Wollerton)

2020-21 season

York City joined the FA Cup in the 2nd qualifying round and the FA Trophy in the 2nd round proper.

Note: Midweek fixtures are 7.45pm kick off unless stated otherwise.

October
Sat 3 Warrington Rylands 0, York City 1 (Newton) - Emirates FA Cup 2Q (City receive £3,375 prizemoney)
Tue 6 York City 3, Chorley 1 (McLaughlin, Barrow, Woods)
Sat 10 Farsley Celtic 1, York City 1 (Newton)
Tue 13 Chorley 1, York City 0 - Emirates FA Cup 3Q (Losing club receive £1,875)
Sat 17 York City 0 Brackley Town 0

November
Tue 10 Southport 2, York City 3 (Newton (2), Bunn)
Sat 28 Leamington 2, York City 1 (Dyson)

December
Wed 2 Blyth Spartans 0, York City 3 (Woods, Bunn, Cassidy)
Sat 5 York City 2, Chester 1 (Bunn, Wright) 
Tue 8 York City 2, Kettering Town 0 (Newton (2)) 
Sat 12 York City 1, Spennymoor Town 1 (Woods)
Tue 15 Ashton United 3, York City 3 (City lose 3-2 pens) - Buildbase FA Trophy 2R (Dyson, Woods, Redshaw)
Sat 26 Bradford Park Avenue 4, York City 2 (Redshaw, Guilfoyle)
Mon 28 York City 1, Guiseley 0 (King)

January
Tue 5 Kidderminster Harriers 2, York City 2 (Woods, Newton)
Tue 26 Hereford (a) - postponed

February
Tue 2 Bradford Park Avenue (h) - postponed
Sat 6 Alfreton Town (a) - postponed
Tue 9 Darlington (a) - postponed
Sat 13 Farsley Celtic (h) - postponed
Tue 16 AFC Fylde (h) - 7pm
Sat 20 Chorley (a)
Tue 23 Boston United (a)
Sat 27 Hereford (h)

March
Tue 2 Gloucester City (h) 
Sat 6 Brackley Town (a)
Tue 9 Gateshead (h) 
Sat 13 Southport (h)
Sat 20 Chester (a)
Tue 23 Gateshead (a)
Sat 27 Kidderminster Harriers (h)

April
Fri 2 AFC Fylde (a)
Mon 5 Leamington (h)
Sat 10 Spennymoor Town (a)
Tue 13 Blyth Spartans (h)
Sat 17 Kettering Town (a)
Sat 24 Darlington (h)

May
Sat 1 Guiseley (a)
Mon 3 Boston United (h)
Sat 8 Gloucester City (a)
Tue 11 AFC Telford United (a) 
Sat 15 AFC Telford United (h)
Tue 18 Curzon Ashton (h) 
Sat 22 Curzon Ashton (a)
Sat 29 Alfreton Town (h)

June
Promotion play-off series
Sat 5/Sun 6 NLN play-offs 1R
Sat 12/Sun 13 NLN play-offs semi-final
Sat 19/Sun 20 NLN play-off final
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