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4th April Non-league Preview - Promotion hopes and relegation heartbreak at stake!

We now find ourselves at the business end of the season with relegation and promotion hopes very much in the balance for some of our local clubs. With heartbreak and hero status on the line, it's sure to be a captivating final few weeks in the NCEL!

Emley AFC Vs Frickley Athletic

Tonight third placed Emley AFC play host to Frickley Athletic. Emley must win their four remaining fixtures to have any chance of finishing in second position which would qualify them for a promotion play-off game. Frickley have struggled to adapt to life in the NCEL Premier Division and although they sit only 8 points above the bottom two, they seem to have done enough this season to preserve their Premier Division status. Emley, on the other hand, are looking upwards. With 12 points still to play for they require Winterton to drop points in the final game of the season, a home tie against the in-form Hallam FC, to have any chance of securing second spot.

Emley's final four league games: Frickley Athletic (H) 4th April 7:45pm

Barton Town (H) 8th April 3:00pm Hallam (A) 11th April 7:45pm Barton Town (A) 15th April 3:00pm Emley's superb season is still alive on other fronts too with a Sheffield County Cup final set to be played against Maltby Main (Date and Venue TBC) and a League cup semi-final against Golcar United date on the 21st of April at 7:45pm. Drama and tension shall be the order of the day at the Fantastic Media ground Welfare tonight it seems!

Athersley Recreation vs Dronfield Town It would be fair to say it has been a tough few years for Rec in the NCEL. After relegation last year, Rec have only secured six wins this season leaving them propping up the NCEL Division one on 27 points. A win is a must for Athersley tonight against Dronfield and anything less will guarantee Rec finish in the bottom three places. There may however be some faint glimmers of hope that the Barnsley outfit can remain in division one. The national picture at the tenth tier of football means that Athersley could receive a reprieve if they do not finish bottom of the league, this is due to a number of vacancies appearing in the pyramid as a result of some clubs going bust elsewhere in other 10th tier leagues. Athersley will want to do everything that they can to ensure their future remains in their hands and for that to happen they must secure all three points in their final home game of the season against a Dronfield opposition who are winless in 5. Dronfield will be backing themselves to halt their recent slide as they play 3 of the bottom 4 sides in their final week of the season.

Athersley's fixtures

Dronfield (H) 4th April 7:45pm

Brigg (A) 8th April 3:00pm

Armthorpe Welfare (A) 12th April 7:45pm

Dronfield Fixtures Athersley (A) 4th April 7:45pm

Swallownest (H) 8th April 3:00pm

Parkgate (A) 11th April 7:45pm

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