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By Isaac Seelochan

Notts County travel to Maidenhead looking for a third win in a row as the regular season comes to a close. Wins over Dover and Altrincham in recent weeks have seen Ian Burchnall's side enter a crucial stage of the season in top form.

The Magpies will not be able to move any higher than their current fifth position in the National League and are unlikely to drop below sixth-placed Grimsby due to having a superior goal difference. But they will be wanting to continue their momentum ahead of the vital play-offs which begin on Monday, May 23.

Defender Adam Chicksen has had a solid campaign in County's back four, playing a key role in their charge to the National League play-offs this season. The full-back recently celebrated 300 career appearances as he enjoys a regular starting spot in the County team.

He scored the equaliser in last season's play-off semi-final against Torquay to take the tie to extra-time before two late goals condemned the Magpies to another season in the National League in a 4-2 defeat. And the pain felt by Chicksen on that day is still very much on the 30-year-old's mind.

He said: "It's funny because that's all I thought about since that day. That hurt me so much. Yes, It was great scoring but to see them celebrate at the end. Then literally a moment after the game it was well, let's go again to make this different next year, Let's go make sure we go all the way, make sure we get their and do what we want which is promotion.

"It was difficult because it's nice that we did well last season but the whole point was trying to get this club back to where it needs to be and until that happens the job isn't finished. It's driven me for the whole season to make sure every decision I made was to make sure that you don't have that feeling again."

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