Trafford's Aaron Burns

Evo-Stik League & NWCFL preview: Play-off spot at stake for Trafford while New Mills could go down

TRAFFORD face a nervy final day tomorrow as the Evo-Stik League’s regular season draws to a close.

Tom Baker’s men agonisingly slipped out of the Evo-Stik North play-off places last Saturday as their promotion rivals took advantage of Trafford not playing.

The Shawe View-based outfit had failed to win their previous 2 but goals by Aaron Burns (above) and the fit-again Jack Dorney gave them a 2-1 win at home to Colwyn Bay when they returned to action on Easter Monday.

That kept them firmly in contention for a play-off spot as it leaves them 1 point behind 5th-placed Scarborough Athletic heading into the final day, but Trafford are among 4 clubs looking to sneak in, going down to Clitheroe in 9th.

And although Clitheore have a big game at home to 8th-placed Brighouse Town, Trafford’s promises to be even more intriguing as they visit 3rd-placed Ossett Town.

4th-placed Colne are at home to DROYLSDEN, who are 12th after losing 2-0 in Monday’s Tameside derby at HYDE UNITED. Paddy Miller and Peter Boyle scored in the 2nd half for the Tigers, who are 10th heading into their match at 2nd-bottom Goole.

3rd-bottom MOSSLEY are now safe after coming from behind to beat 7th-placed Glossop 2-1 on Monday. Elliott Harrison and Liam Ellis scoring for the Lilywhites, who will finish above 17th-placed Tadcaster Albion if they win at the North Yorkshire outfit tomorrow.

RADCLIFFE BOROUGH are only a point better off than Mossley in 19th but aim to finish the season with a win as they host a Prescot Cables side which is above them on goal difference. RAMSBOTTOM UNITED, who are 15th, also hope to finish on a high as they’re away to rock-bottom Burscough.

ASHTON UNITED can finish no higher than 11th in the Evo-Stik Premier and end the campaign at home to relegated Ilkeston, with joint-manager Will Haining set to stand down and leave Jody Banim in sole charge.

MACCLESFIELD TOWN can no longer reach the National League play-offs but they still have a big game tomorrow as they visit Lincoln City, which is live on BT Sport as the Imps have the chance to clinch the title with 2 games to spare.

New Mills captain Ryan Hopper
New Mills captain Ryan Hopper

The North West Counties League still has a week to go, with WEST DIDSBURY & CHORLTON, ABBEY HEY and MAINE ROAD hoping to finish in the top half of the Premier Division, although NEW MILLS look set for a 2nd straight relegation.

West are 8th but have a busy week as, after hosting Cammell Laird tomorrow, they must visit Maine Road (Monday) and Winsford (Wednesday) in midweek. Abbey are 12th and tomorrow host 2nd-placed Bootle, who can still catch leaders Atherton Collieries, while 14th-placed Road are away to Barnton.

Since losing 4-2 at Maine Road on March 4, New Mills have won 4 out of 8, with goals by Dennis Sherriff, Callum Collinson and Joe Rothwell giving them a 3-0 home win against Barnoldswick on Easter Monday.

But that could be too little too late as the 3rd-bottom Millers are still 7 points from safety with 3 games left and they visit 7th-placed Irlam tomorrow.

(Top picture courtesy of Michael Ripley Photography)