Notts County given promotion hope as play-offs receive green light

Notts County have been given a welcome boost after it was confirmed they would be competing in the play-offs.

The National League declared that the 2019-20 season would be concluded using an unweighted points-per-game (PPG) system.

As a result, Barrow have been promoted to League Two as champions while Harrogate Town, Notts County, Yeovil Town, Boreham Wood, FC Halifax Town and Barnet will compete in the play-offs.

The Magpies finish third in the PPG standings and will play either Yeovil Town or Barnet at Meadow Lane.

Chief Executive Officer Michael Tattersall said: “I congratulate each of our champions Clubs on their successful campaigns.

“The enforced curtailment of our season does nothing to discredit the quality of the football played and I am pleased that our Clubs have overwhelmingly supported the award of their titles.

“We can now also look towards the completion of end of season Play-Offs.”

In a statement previously released by the club (June 16), a spokesperson for County said: “The proposal mirrors the resolution of the League Two season, which in our view is fair and correct, and we are already very well prepared to challenge for play-off success should the resolution pass.

“We would like to thank our fans for their continued support and positivity, which has not gone unnoticed in recent weeks, and we look forward to providing further updates as soon as we have them.”

The league have instructed clubs that fixtures must begin no later than July 18 and must finish by July 31.

In order for the matches to be played, they must be held behind closed doors with no supporters present.

Players and staff must also be tested regularly at a level set by the National League.

Supporters will, however, be able to follow the Magpies from home with BT Sport broadcasting each of the play-off fixtures.

By Matthew Lee

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