Tuesday 8th February


Carlisle United survived a late scare at the Galpharm Stadium to book a return to Wembley for the Johnstone's Paint Trophy final.

Huddersfield Town won the second leg of the Northern Area final 3-0 on Tuesday night but it wasn't enough and the Cumbrians progressed.

Greg Abbott's side, who were runners-up last season, went into the match with a 4-0 lead over the Terriers from the first leg and did just enough on the night to keep the home side at bay.

With a big deficit to overturn from the first leg, a goal from Anthony Pilkington after half an hour gave Lee Clark's side the platform from which to mount their response.

Alan Lee doubled Huddersfield's advantage on the night with a second goal after 70 minutes that gave the Terriers hope. Lee then struck again 11 minutes later from close range to set up a tense finale but Carlisle held firm and survived a frantic further five minutes of time added on to set up a final tie with Brentford, after
a narrow 4-3 aggregate victory.

Monday 7th February


Brentford were the first side to secure their place in the 2011 Johnstone's Paint Trophy final, with a 3-2 aggregate win over Exeter City.

The tie was evenly balance at 1-1 after the first leg but the Bees needed just 20 minutes to tip the balance in the their favour.

Sam Saunders, who spoke exclusively to www.football-league.co.uk ahead of the match, opened the scoring when he netted for the first time this season.

Brentford were brimming with confidence following their 2-0 win over Plymouth Argyle on Saturday and it showed as Myles Weston continued the form which saw him score both goals at Griffin Park.

The midfielder tonight turned provider, setting up both goals, first crossing for Saunders to fire home, past former Bees keeper Ben Hamer.

The 23-year-old, who is on loan at St James' Park from Reading, has spent four different spells on loan with the Bees, including 10 appearances this season, but he was beaten again six minutes later, Gary Alexander heading home a pinpoint cross from Weston.

Exeter did push hard to get back into the tie but Richard Lee, in the Brentford goal, was rarely troubled.

The Grecians first real chance came deep in injury time as Jamie Cureton hit a shot from outside the box, which bought a good save from Lee.

With just seconds left on the clock Daniel Nardiello did beat Richard Lee, as he scored his 50th career goal but it all proved to be too little too late for Paul Tisdale's side.

It will be the third time in the final for Brentford, can it be third time lucky after losing on the two previous occasions.

They must now wait to find out who they will face on April 3rd, with Huddersfield Town taking on Carlisle United on Tuesday, trailing 4-0 from the first leg.