Nail-biting conclusion ahead as borough sides are on the brink of celebration

By Nub News Reporter

20th Apr 2024 | Football

Big day for local non-League sides
Big day for local non-League sides

FANS of borough non-League clubs Tilbury and Aveley will be hoping to celebrate success this afternoon (Saturday, 20 April).

At Tilbury's EMR Stadium (Chadfields) the Dockers have their promotion fate entirely in their own hands.

A win in today's Essex Senior League match against third-from-bottom Frenford will secure the league championship and a return to Step Four and the Isthmian North division at the first time of asking following last season's relegation.

There has still been no public official outcome of a league probe into the abandonment of the midweek game at Saffron Walden, but regardless of that, three points today will make Tilbury's lead unassailable.

The only team that could overhaul them should they not get three points are second-placed Romford, who nevertheless have already secured a place in the end of season inter-league play-offs (as well as the all-Essex Wembley final of the FA Vase where they will meet Great Wakering Rovers).

Across the borough at Parkside, Aveley still have the opportunity to grab a place in the play-offs for promotion to the National league.

Millers go into their final match against Bath City knowing a win and a favourable result at Maidstone United could secure seventh place and a tilt in the play-offs.

It's extremely close in the play-off race and while sixth-placed Bath are secure in the first round of the play-offs (barring a mathematic goalscoring miracle), Aveley will be hoping seventh-placed Hampton & Richmond slip up at fifth-placed Maidstone.

Millers are two points and three goals behind the London side so it's likely there will be plenty of anxious looks at other club's results during the afternoon.

Ninth-placed Farnborough could also still come into the reckoning if both Hampton and Aveley slip up.

It's the penultimate weekend of the Isthmian North season, which has been a very disappointing one for Grays Athletic.

Today they travel to Witham Town with both sides having nothing to play for except pride.

Grays will conclude their season next weekend with a home clash against Ipswich Wanderers, which is being celebrated as a club community day.


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