FOR the third time in as many completed seasons, Warrington Town will enter the Northern Premier League Premier Division play-offs.

As a result of their 2-0 defeat at Matlock Town in their final regular season game yesterday, Yellows finished fifth in the league table.

With champions Buxton sealing the only available automatic promotion slot, Mark Beesley’s side will fight it out with Matlock, South Shields and Scarborough Athletic for the one remaining spot in the National League North for next season.

Here is how the play-offs will work…


The play-off semi-final ties are to be played this coming Tuesday – April 26 – as second plays fifth and third faces fourth.

It means Warrington Town will visit South Shields, with Scarborough Athletic hosting Matlock Town.

The games are one-legged affairs with the highest-ranked team having home advantage.

If ties are level after 90 minutes, a 30-minute period of extra time will be played and if there is still no winner, the game will be decided by a penalty shoot-out.


The semi-final winners will face off in the NPL Premier Division play-off final on Monday, May 2, kick off 3pm.

Once again, the side that finished highest in the regular season league table will have home advantage for the game.

Extra time and penalties will again be in play if needed, with the winner earning promotion alongside Buxton to the National League North.

With Yellows having finished fifth, they would be away from home should they make it through to the final no matter what.