On Thursday May 2018 – both Imperial Fields, and Silver Jubilee Park opened their gates to host the 2017-18 Bostik Premier Division playoff semi finals.
With only one automatic promotion to the National League South, Billericay Town were crowned champions with 99 points, after a seasons-long two horse race between themselves and Dulwich Hamlet, who finished the campaign with four points fewer.
Third-placed Hendon, and fourth-placed Folkestone Invicta finished with equal points, however, the Dons superior goal difference awarded them home advantage in the playoffs.
Leiston were the final team to complete the playoff line-up, and their superior goal difference also played dividends. With Leatherhead succumbing defeat on the penultimate day of the season to Hendon, Leiston were guaranteed 6th place – barring a goal miracle.
Hendon finished the 2016-17 campaign in 18th position, just 2 points clear of the drop zone. Therefore, securing 31 points more, and ranking 15 positions higher is a phenomenal achievement. In a similar boat, Folkestone Invicta positioned 15th, with 1 more point under their belt than Hendon, and have too accumulated an impressive 30 points more this campaign.
Last year, Leiston and the playoffs were separated by just two points – and despite netting 35 times more than Wingate & Finchley, it was the North Londoners who secured the final playoff position.
Dulwich Hamlet have reached the playoffs for the last 4 years. In 2014-15 they crashed out the semi-finals with a 2-1 defeat to Margate; and in 2015-16 they lost 2-1 to East Thurrock United.
Last years playoff semi-final saw Dulwich Hamlet reach the final with a 4-2 win over Enfield Town at Champion Hill. The Hamlet however fell short at the final, and Bognor Regis Town secured promotion with a 2-1 win at Nyewood Lane.
Here are the full highlights of the 2017/18 Bostik Premier Division playoff semi finals: