The end of season chase for the second promotion spot into the Football League begun with four former league clubs vying to get back where they once resided. This year’s began at Bootham Crescent where York City took on Mansfield Town.
The visitors took the lead when Ross Dyer scored with header from the long throw of Exodus Geoghagen, although the centre back who provided the assist soon had to endure the embarrassment of scoring an own goal just before half time to even the scores up. Mansfield managed to hold on after they were reduced to just ten men after the dismissal of striker Matt Green as a handball earned him his second yellow card, and they will head into the second leg with the advantage of an away goal and a good chance of progressing to the final, even if they didn’t manage to add to their six successive wins going into this game.
Twenty four hours later the first leg of the other tie started, Luton Town put on a fine display as they scored two goal in quick succession to beat Wrexham 2-0, who after spending the majority of the season fighting for the title and automatic promotion, now have a battle on their hands to make the final. Andre Gray gave the home side the lead at Kenilworth in the 22nd minute after a pass from Stuart Fleetwood. The provider then turned scorer as Fleetwood double the Hatters advantage after Andre Gray returned the favour. Luton held on despite Wrexham’s second half attempts to get back in the game to beat them and hold the advantage going into the second leg, just as was the case when these two met in last years play offs.
The return legs take place tonight.