Tuesday 18th February

Northern Section

Chesterfield secured their spot in a second Johnstone's Paint Trophy final in three seasons despite losing 1-0 at home to Fleetwood Town in the second leg of their Northern Area Final.

Fleetwood were trailing 3-1 from the first leg but Jon Parkin's goal in the final minute came too late to prevent the Spireites from setting up a meeting with Peterborough United at Wembley on Sunday 30th March.

It comes two years after Chesterfield beat Swindon Town in the showpiece final to lift the trophy for the first time.

Fleetwood flew at Chesterfield from the first whistle and Parkin shot narrowly wide in the first two minutes, but the home side had chances to increase their advantage before half-time.

Jimmy Ryan forced Chris Maxwell to beat out a stinging drive in the 19th minute and the goalkeeper also turned over a Marc Richards header and kept out a Jay O'Shea shot.

The visitors kept pressing in the second half and Antoni Sarcevic went close in the 73rd minute when he cut across the area and unleashed a goalbound shot which hit Liam Cooper.

Chesterfield had a great chance to finish it when Gary Roberts crossed from the left but Eoin Doyle headed over from six yards and Fleetwood kept the tie alive with a goal from Parkin in the 90th minute, the big striker turning in a cross from the left.

However, despite six minutes of stoppage time, Chesterfield held on to triumph 3-2 on aggregate and book their place at Wembley.

Monday 17th February

Southern Section

Tommy Rowe scored the decisive spot-kick as Peterborough United booked their place in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final with a dramatic 4-3 penalty shootout win over Sky Bet League 1 rivals Swindon Town.

Massimo Luongo and substitute Tijane Reis both shot over from 12 yards as the Robins crashed out, with Wes Foderingham's save from Danny Swanson not enough to rescue his side.

Swindon could have had a penalty as early as the 13th minute when Dany N'Guessan was hauled to the ground by Craig Alcock but referee Keith Stroud waved away the appeals.

But they took the lead 13 minutes before half-time after some comical Posh defending.

Luongo whipped in a teasing left wing cross and Alcock smashed a clearance against N'Guessan before Alex Pritchard tucked home the loose ball.

N'Guessan hit a post before Britt Assombalonga drew Posh level 15 minutes from time with his 24th goal of the season, coolly heading Michael Bostwick's cross beyond Foderingham.

That is how it stayed until the spot-kicks earned Posh a place in the Wembley Final.

Wednesday 5th February

Southern Section

Ten-man Swindon Town put themselves in pole position to get to Wembley after battling to a 2-2 draw at Peterborough United in a Johnstone's Paint Trophy Southern Area Final first leg which was briefly halted after a fan was taken ill.

The Robins overcame the dismissal of defender Jay McEveley for a dangerous challenge late in the first half which forced off Posh hot shot Britt Assombalonga with a facial injury.

Mark Cooper's men trailed 2-1 at that point after being undone by a rip-roaring start from the hosts.

Grant McCann's corner was headed into his own net by Swindon defender Raphael Branco in the 10th minute and Kyle Vassell soon doubled the advantage when firing in his first Posh goal.

Nile Ranger halved the arrears for Swindon just after the half hour but McEveley was dismissed by referee Paul Tierney soon after.

Swindon levelled in fortunate fashion when Posh defender Shaun Brisley sliced a Ben Gladwin cut-back into his own net in the fourth minute of first-half stoppage time.

And that was the way it stayed as the hosts failed to make their numerical advantage count in the second period

With five minutes remaining, the players were taken off the pitch as a spectator was taken ill. The game was restarted and completed in subdued mood after the fan had been treated and taken away on a stretcher.

Tuesday 4th February

Northern Section

Chesterfield have one foot in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy Final at Wembley after a convincing 3-1 win over Sky Bet League 2 promotion rivals Fleetwood Town in the first leg of the Northern Area Final.

The home side thought they had grabbed the lead after just two minutes when Alan Goodall headed past Tommy Lee but Antoni Sarcevic was judged to have been offside.

The Cod Army bossed the opening exchange however, they fell behind against the run of play when Gary Roberts' free-kick was neatly turned home by Ian Evatt.

Sam Morsy then doubled the Spireites' advantage, taking advantage of a spill by Scott Davies to rifle home from 18 yards.

Fleetwood thought they had pulled one back when Jon Parkin bundled home. Chesterfield mounted a concerted protest which eventually yielded another offside flag.

But the hosts did grab one before the break when Conor McLaughlin fed Parkin who flicked it neatly onto the head of David Ball.

Chesterfield restored their two-goal cushion just after the hour. Jimmy Ryan found space 25 yards out and launched a curling effort past Davies.

Parkin almost made a game of it with a thundering blast from Junior Brown's cross, but a last-gasp block denied the striker.