The final piece of Southern Premier Division football action takes place at The Walks on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon as the Linnets host Slough Town in the divisions play-off final (3pm KO).
After a 46 game season now only this game stands between one team celebrating a promotion to level 2 football next season and the other being left to reflect on what may have been over the summer.
The Linnets finished the season in second place having achieved 100 points and 30 wins from the regular season.
Town booked their place in the final with a comprehensive 3-0 victory over fifth placed Weymouth at The Walks on Wednesday evening with sublime goals from Cameron Norman, Craig Parker and Cameron King.
The Rebels completed their season in third place with a total of 99 points. On Wednesday evening they beat fourth placed Kettering town by a 3-1 margin thanks to a brace of penalties from James Dobson and a first half goal from Perry Coles. This is the second consecutive season the Rebels have reached the play offs having last season being beaten in the semi finals by eventually promoted Leamington.
The two league meetings between the sides this season have both been close affairs. Lynn won their home encounter thanks to a single goal from Tom Ward in March. The return fixture played less than a month ago resulted in a 2-2 draw with both of town’s goals being scored by Cameron King. So with those facts as you can see there is nothing between the two teams ahead of Monday’s head to head.
Speaking ahead of Monday’s game the club’s media officer Mark Hearle has asked supporters attending to give themselves plenty of time to get to the ground as early as possible to avoid frustration on the day.
“We always make this plea ahead of any big game but for Monday the plea is “critical” said Hearle. Initially I would encourage where possible for people to buy their tickets online at the clubs official website www.kltown.co.uk as soon as possible.
“It really is a very simple and quick way to be ahead of the game. My advice for supporters intending to pay on the gate is to arrive at the stadium as early as possible on Monday. Gates to the stadium will be opening at 1pm prompt and an early arrival will usually ensure a quick entry to the stadium.
“It’s a Bank Holiday Monday also and with good weather predicted traffic in the area is expected to be heavy so please again ensure extra time for parking your vehicle. With limited parking at the ground and in the side streets a suggestion could be to use the town centre car parks and walk to the ground. The club wants no one to miss any of the action on Monday so your understanding of this situation would be helpful’.
“I am expecting a very tight game as both sides try and play the game the right way. The table never lies and with just 1 point separating the teams in the final standings it’s far too close to call’.
Gates at The Walks will open 1pm on Monday afternoon.
If the scores are level at 90 minutes 2 periods of 15 minutes of extra time will be played. If the scores are still level after extra times the winners will be decided by a penalty shoot out.
The winners will be promoted to either the Vanarama North or South league for the 2018/19 season.