Plainmoor, home of Torquay United - Credit: Pinnacle
Plainmoor, home of Torquay United - Credit: Pinnacle

Who will be Torquay United's main competition next season?

Torbay Weekly

With York City and Dorking Wanderers clinching their promotions from the National League North and South, Torquay United fans are a step nearer to knowing exactly who Gary Johnson's side will have to overcome to win promotion next season (writes Dave Thomas).

The Gulls' old Football League rivals York joined NL North champions Gateshead in moving up when they beat Boston United, under former Plainmoor manager Paul Cox, 2-0 in the NL North Play-Off Final in front of a sold-out 7,500 crowd at City's new LNER Community Stadium.

Dorking, who have never played at NL Premier level, twice came from behind to win the South Final 3-2 against Ebbsfleet United after extra-time, watched by 3,000 fans at Wanderers' Meadowbank ground.

Maidstone United had already won that title.

Coming down from the EFL League Two for the first time are Scunthorpe United and former Premier League club Oldham Athletic, both after troubled seasons on and off the pitch.

All that's left now is the NL Play-Offs, which get under way with the 'Quarter-Finals' this week.

It's Notts County-v-Grimsby Town at Meadow Lane on Monday night and FC Halifax Town-v-Chesterfield at the New Shay on Tuesday.

The winners of Notts-Grimsby travel to runners-up Wrexham - they lost the FA Trophy Final 1-0 to Bromley at the weekend - in the first 'Semi-Final' on Saturday (May 28).

Halifax or Chesterfield will be away to Solihull Moors (3rd) on Sunday, with the Final at West Ham's London Stadium a week later, Sunday, June 5 (3pm).