By Lewis Oldham
This Saturday sees the final round of league fixtures in this season’s National League North. Promotion chasing Harrogate Town come up against Curzon Ashton in their last game before the play-offs get underway next week.
Harrogate are already confirmed to finish in 2nd no matter what the results are on Saturday, which gives them a home advantage in their play-off Semi-Final. Curzon Ashton meanwhile are down in 18th place, but have sealed their safety from relegation with them currently six points clear of the drop.
Prior to Tuesday night’s defeat to Blyth Spartans, Curzon were on a four game unbeaten run which helped them secure their National League North status for a fourth consecutive season.
Two successive defeats for Harrogate in their last two games has handed Salford City the title with a couple of games left to spare. But there is reason to celebrate for Harrogate as their confirmed second placed position is their highest ever league finish.
Harrogate already know that their play-off Semi-Final opponents will be either Stockport County or Chorley, who are set to finish 5th and 6th respectively. Their home Semi-Final will take place on the 5th of May, with the final being held at Wembley on the 12th of May.
The home form of Harrogate Town has been a big reason for their success this campaign, as they have won nine out of their last ten home league games. Curzon Ashton on the other hand have won just three of their 20 away league games this term. In the reverse fixture in October, Harrogate won 2-1 after Mitchell Curry grabbed a last gasp winner in the 87th minute.
Elsewhere in the National League North, Spennymoor Town come up against the league’s bottom side North Ferriby tonight. Victory for Spennymoor will move them two points above Bradford Park Avenue into the final play-off place with just one game to spare.