TUESDAY NIGHT: Chesterfield in final after penalty drama

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Chesterfield are through to the two-legged Northern Area Final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy after beating Preston North End in the semi final tonight.

After a 1-1 tie in regular time, cool Spireites won the spot-kick battle 4-2.

After a lively start at Deepdale, where both teams threatened, Preston’s Yorkshire born defender Jamie McCombe opened the scoring after 15 minutes, with a header from inside the six-yard box.

Eleven minutes later, John Sheridan’s men were back in the hunt, 26-year-old striker Craig Westcarr from close range.

Westcarr almost doubled his tally soon afterwards with a left-footedr from deep inside the penalty area which flashed wide of the left-hand post.

Westcarr also set up a decent chance for Dean Morgan before the half time whistle saw both teams go in level.

Preston’s two Pauls, Coutts and Parry became more influential as the game wore on.

They engineered some passing moves which needed firm intervention on Spireites part.

But Drew Talbot had his moments as the game’s momentum swung from one penalty box to another.

Chesterfield pressed for the winner in the final 10 minutes, but the game went to penalties.

Parisian striker Alex Mendy scored the decisive spot kick to send the away fans into raptures.

Chesterfield now play Oldham in the northern final - a win over them puts them at Wembley.

Read Phil Tooley’s assessment in Wednesday’s Star.

TEAMS: Preston:

Stuckmann, Gray, Morgan, Alexander, McCombe, Coutts, Mayor, Parry, Doyle, Proctor, Mellor.

Substitutes: Arestidou, McLaughlin, Carlisle, Smith, Daley.

Chesterfield:

Lee, Ford, Downes, Griffiths, Allott, Whitaker, Westcarr, Mendy, Morgan, Bowery, Talbot.

Substitutes: Fleming, Mattis, Lester, Clarke, Obadeyi.

Ref: Haywood