Southern League Premier Central play-off round-up: Sports and Ravens progress to final
The play-off winners will join league champions Banbury United in the Vanarama National League North next season. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)
  • Coalville Town 3-0 Rushall Olympic

Third placed Coalville Town eased past Rushall Olympic, however the scoreline doesn't tell the whole story with the Pics finishing the game with nine men on the pitch. 

It was 11 v 11 when the opening goal of the night was scored by the Ravens. Eliot Putman found himself free on the edge of the area and was able to fashion a shot which curled into the top corner to give the hosts an advantage.

The red card drama was to start on the half hour mark as Jordaan Brown was sent off for bringing down Tyrell Waite with Brown being the last man. Waite picked himself up eight minutes later to double the Ravens' lead just before half-time.

The majority of the 1,223 inside the Owen Street Sports Ground were set to get even happier five minutes from full-time as Waite got his second of the evening, driving a shot into the far corner. 

In the last minute, the night was to get even worse for the visitors as Tyler Lyttle received his marching orders after a high challenge on Kian Taylor

With Coalville finishing third in the league, this is their last game at home as they progress to the final which they will play away. Rushall's season may have ended on a bad note with the two sending offs and a heavy defeat but with the leadership of experienced captain Richard Batchelor they will look to aim for Vanarama National League North football next season.

  • Peterborough Sports 2-1 Alvechurch

Despite a free-kick scare, second placed Peterborough Sports beat Alvechurch to make sure they would have a home play-off final to attempt to get into the Vanarama National League North next season.

All the goals at the Bee Arena came in the second half after an entertaining first period with both sides coming close, but it was really a midfield battle.

The game suddenly kicked into life a minute into the second 45, consecutive Sports corners led to Ryan Fryatt heading home within two minutes of the restart to give the hosts a lead.

Not even ten minutes were on the clock in the half before it was two. Josh McCammon doubled their lead with a fierce first time strike from outside the area to put the Peterborough based side firmly in the driving seat.

With twenty minutes to go Church, who secured their play-off place on the final day of the season with the odds heavily stacked against them, pulled one back. Former West Bromwich Albion and Solihull Moors man Nick Clayton-Phillips fired a free kick home to bring down the deficit.

However, the free kick was not enough and Peterborough Sports saw out the final twenty to book their place in the final. Alvechurch were never expected to be in the play-offs but took full advantage of AFC Rushden & Diamonds' end of season collapse and gave Peterborough Sports a competitive game, fully showing their right to be in the play-offs.

  • Final: Peterborough Sports vs Coalville Town

The Southern Premier League Central play-off final will be at the Bee Arena on Bank Holiday Monday with a 3pm kick-off, Peterborough Sports will be hosts as they finished second in the league so therefore get home advantage. 

The winners will have a place in the Vanarama National League North waiting for them.

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