Blue Square Premier League – Play offs, second leg

by Stephen Fallows

Luton Town earned their day at Wembley in the play off final despite losing 2-1 to Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground. Going into the tie with a two goal advantage, George Pilkington extended the lead with a first half penalty after Alex Lawless was fouled in the area.  Wrexham fought back in the second half with a goal from Adrian Cieslewicz in the 63rd minute and then player manager gave the home fans hope of extra time with a 77th minute strike, but the Hatters held on to reach the final where they will play York City.

The Minstermen booked their second Wembley appearance of the season (the final will take place the week after York’s FA Trophy final against Newport County) with a 2-1 aggregate win over Mansfield Town. The tie was in the balance after a 1-1 draw in the first leg, but it took 111 minutes of football before the decisive goal was scored. A drab game was brought to life just nine minutes from a penalty shoot out would have taken place when Matty Blair headed in from Jason Walker’s cross. Soon after this goal, Mansfield’s task was made even harder with the dismissal of Richie Sutton for his second bookable offence. York managed to hold on for the remaining minutes to earn their place in the final.

In the next step of the football pyramid, Gainsborough and Nuneaton will battle it out to join Blue Square North champions Hyde United in the Blue Square Premier next season, whilst in the Southern section Dartford and Welling will play off to join Woking in non leagues top flight division next season.

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Stephen Fallows

Stephen Fallows

Barrow AFC fan, long since joined the ranks of the disenchanted after becoming disillusioned with the Premier League juggernaut, although keeping a keen eye on all things football and like every football fan, has an opinion on whats going on.

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