Vanarama National League round-up: Wrexham drop out of play-offs, Spireites and Ravens celebrate
Above: Barnet shock champions Sutton United with a solid two nil victory today (Source- Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)
  • Altrincham 0-0 Torquay United

Two sides not playing for anything, with Altrincham settling for National League football next season and Torquay United already confirmed to be involved in the play-offs.

The away side opted to change formation, which was perhaps a tactic to keep Stockport County guessing for the upcoming play-offs, as Gary Johnson’s side switched to a false nine system.

Neither side could break the deadlock however, but Adam Randell came closest as his header narrowly averted the target.

  • Barnet 2-0 Sutton United

The champions suffered a shock defeat to the side plying their trade at the bottom of the table, as Barnet stunned a Sutton United side who will be playing League Two football next season.

Sutton did make a number of changes to the starting eleven however, including Aaron Simpson, who amidst a goal line scramble ended up scuffing the ball across his own goal line to give the Bees the lead.

Simon Bassey’s side have certainly had a season to forget, but Josh Walker signed off the campaign in style with a brilliant finish to award Barnet their eight victory of the season.

  • Boreham Wood 1-4 Maidenhead United

A brilliant season for Maidenhead United ended with a triumphant victory, which included a first senior goal and a goal from a goalkeeper.

In debatably the game of the day, Reece Smith gave the Magpies an early lead ten minutes in after smartly finding the bottom corner from close range.

Maidenhead doubled their lead as Josh Coley won the ball in the middle of the pitch and threaded Josh Kelly through on goal, who could divert past Nathan Ashmore. The Wood weren’t to roll over however and Luke Garrard must’ve had a stern word with his players at the break, as Tyrone Marsh netted a consolation.

Danilo Orsi-Dadomo, who has had an excellent first season in the National League, struck just five minutes later to add Maidenhead’s third, when pouncing on Ashmore’s spill of Kelly’s shot. But the hero of the day was Rhys Lovett, who is usually a goalkeeper, was brought on up top and was composed in tapping home from close range to end a fantastic final day for Maidenhead.

  • Bromley 1-0 Notts County

​​​​​​​One of the stories of the day was Bromley, sneaking into the play-off spot on the final day.

The Ravens stole the three points in the second half through Ben Williamson, who latched onto a blocked shot from Alex Mitchell, firing into a congested box and past Sam Slocombe.

Bromley will now take on Hartlepool United in the play-offs, as Andy Woodman’s side look to contest in the football league next season.

  • Dagenham and Redbridge 1-1 Wrexham

​​​​​​​Wrexham’s play-off ambitions were snatched away from them on the final day, as results elsewhere and failing to pick up three points meant that Dean Keates’ side will be playing National League football for their fourteenth consecutive season.

Dagenham and Redbridge took a second half lead through towering talisman Paul McCallum, who bundled Will Wright’s low cross over the line.

Just a few minutes later Wrexham’s task was made even more difficult, as substitute Paul Rutherford was dismissed for a strong two-footed challenge on Matt Robinson.

Jordan Ponticelli did find the back of the net in the closing stages, but it wouldn’t be enough to salvage Wrexham’s play-off hopes.

  • Halifax Town 1-2 Chesterfield

​​​​​​​Two sides still with a chance of playing in this season’s play-offs were Halifax Town and Chesterfield, but it was the Spireites who left Yorkshire in jubilance. 

An early header from Liam Mandeville, who pounced onto some poor defending before converting past Sam Johnson, giving Chesterfield an early lead.

Halifax had all of the work to do, but refused to go down without a fight. Darren Stephenson averted past two lacklustre challenges, before rifling his effort low and past Grant Smith.

But the Spireites secured their victory and their position in the play-offs through 39-year old attacker Nathan Tyson. Mandeville, the star of the show, found space on the right side and played a teasing ball across goal, where Tyson was present to grasp the winner.

  • Hartlepool United 4-0 Weymouth

Two teams who had very contrasting seasons brought their campaign to a close in fitting manners, as the fans returned to Hartlepool with a rampant four nil victory.

Ryan Johnson gave the Pool the lead with a back post header, before Rhys Oates notched his 14th of the season as he calmly rolled the ball beyond Benfield in goal.

Hartlepool United’s party continued, as Mark Shelton converted Ryan Donaldson’s low cross past Benfield, before the game was concluded through Gavin Holohan, as the midfielder surged through the Weymouth defence before firing into the back of the net.

  • Kings Lynn Town 4-4 Aldershot Town

​​​​​​​Two sides battling for nothing at the end of the season put on quite the show as an eight goal thriller entertained Norfolk’s highest ranking non-league team.

The Shots took a two goal advantage, as Toby Edser volleyed into the bottom corner and Chike Kandi slotted past the wayward Linnets goalkeeper.

Michael Gash refused to let the returning Kings Lynn Town fans groan further, as the experienced forward cheekily dinked over Mitch Walker to get the supporters on their feet, before former Norwich City striker Simeon Jackson converted from the penalty spot.

Kodi Lyons-Foster helped Aldershot Town regain the lead with a header, before Jackson grabbed his brace with a curling effort past Walker. The unlikely hero was centre-back Lyons-Foster however, as he notched his second of the match when marching onto a free-kick and heading into the roof of the net.

But Tai Fleming stole the headlines with an equaliser in stoppage time, as he headed past Walker to clinch a dramatic point for the Linnets.

  • Solihull Moors 2-0 Eastleigh

​​​​​​​Any hope of EFL football was squandered by a rejuvenated Solihull Moors.

Mark Yates Solihull extended their unbeaten run to seven to finish off the season, but took the lead through former Ebbsfleet United playmaker James Ball, as he curled a brilliant effort beyond the goalkeeper.

And on the stroke of half-time, the Moors doubled their lead, as Kyle Hudlin’s effort was saved by the ‘keeper before Joe Sbarra fired home from close range.

  • Woking 2-4 Wealdstone

​​​​​​​With both sides currently contesting at the wrong end of the table, it was a chance for both to experiment.

And Wealdstone were victorious in a tough week for the club, which included winger Ryan Gondoh being racially abused after an altercation with a homeless woman.

Gondoh would silence the critics however, as he scored once from the spot and again when curling a short corner into the far corner.

Charlee Hughes and Sonny Blu Lo-Everton were also on the scoresheet for the Stones, cancelling out an own goal from Alex Dyer and a header from Ben Gerring on his final game for the club.

  • Yeovil Town 0-1 Stockport County

Simon Rusk’s Stockport County ended their league season with three points, confirming that they would be involved in the play-off semi-finals.

John Rooney cut inside of Michael Kelly, before his bending effort took a major deflection to fly past an unlucky Adam Smith.

Yeovil Town will look to rebuild on what has been a hard year for the club next season, with Darrell Sarll ​​​​​​​at the helm.