The National League Members have voted in favour of a points per game basis to determine the final standings of their postponed 2019/20 season which means subject to FA Council approval – Notts County will finish third in the table once all statistics are ‘rounded up’ thus securing a place in the playoffs as they had always hoped from the outset.
League leaders Barrow were major winners from the vote of ‘ordinary resolution’, four points ahead of second placed Harrogate the Cumbrian outfit have gained promotion back to the Football League after a 48 year absence. Barrow are to be crowned champions and take up one of the promotion places following an early end to the season whilst six other sides will fight for the other single spot to gain entry into the Football League.
Two eliminator fixtures will take place between the team that finishes fourth v seventh and fifth v sixth with the winners playing the teams that finished second and third in a place for the final.
The final places are still to be determined but it looks possible that Notts could face the winner of Yeovil Town v Barnet and should they win that will face a final against either Harrogate Town, Boreham Wood or Halifax.
The decision is subject to approval but Notts County are ready for action having trimmed down their squad for comeback whilst their players will be tested for coronavirus with stage one training set to resume on Monday.
The remaining games once instructed to go ahead should start from the 18th July with all matches shown live on BT Sport.
In a statement by the club Notts County commented “We are very pleased that an overwhelming majority of clubs have voted in favour of the National League’s Ordinary Resolution, which we feel provided the fairest method of deciding the sporting outcomes of the season.”
“We have long been preparing for this eventuality and we’re now looking forward to providing our players and staff with a safe return ahead of what we hope will be an exciting and successful play-off campaign.”
*Main image @Official_NCFC Meadow Lane will host the semi-final behind closed doors.