Three budding sports journalists won a day out at Wembley thanks to a partnership between The Football League and the National Council for the Training of Journalists (NCTJ).

This season the NCTJ has held a competition to recognise the best performing sports journalism students. The three winning students were rewarded for their outstanding exam performance with the unique opportunity of writing a Play-Off Final match report from the Wembley press box.

Read third prize winner Chris Baldwin's report from the League 2 Final below:

Cheltenham Town 0-2 Crewe Alexandra
npower League 2 Play-Off Final
Wembley, London
27 May 2012
Attendance 24,029

By Chris Baldwin

Nick Powell scored one of the greatest ever Play-Off goals as Crewe Alexandra secured their place back in npower League 1 in a thrilling end-to-end encounter against Cheltenham Town at Wembley.

The 18-year-old was fed the ball on the edge of the box before spinning away from his marker and firing a fantastic volley in to the top right-hand corner to send the Alex faithful into jubilation.

Winger Byron Moore scored a second eight minutes from time but the result could have been so different as the Robins missed a hatful of great chances in a compelling and frantic game.

The victory extended the Cheshire side's unbeaten run to 19 games, while also inflicting Cheltenham's first ever Play-Off defeat.

The result capped a wonderful six months for manager Steve Davis, who only took over the reins in November while also showcasing the potential of their young players, most notably the lively Powell.

Crewe started the game brighter with the returning Luke Murphy the first to test Cheltenham 'keeper Scott Brown but his left-footed shot from the edge of the area was comfortably saved.

It was Powell's goal on 15 minutes that lit up the stage with a fantastic solo effort befitting of the big occasion and showing that he is destined for a bright future.

It was no more than the Railwaymen deserved but Cheltenham hit back and had numerous chances to level.

Firstly, forward Jeff Goulding's ferocious strike from all of 30 yards rattled the crossbar and a trio of excellent chances followed as Goulding was again denied, this time by the offside flag before Kaid Mohamed and Goulding again both fired into the stands from close range.

Powell then went inches away from doubling Crewe's lead as the Cheltenham defence sat off him on the edge of the area, but it was the Robins who would have been scratching their heads at half-time as to how they failed to score.

In front of the travelling Railwaymen, Powell became goal-saver by blocking a shot from Steve Elliott before a last ditch goal-line clearance from Ashley Williams denied Jermaine McGlashan in a frantic closing to the first half.

The second half showed no signs of slowing down as Town continued to press forward. Marlon Pack, went close inside the first five minutes but his shot from the edge of the box swerved the wrong side of the post.

Inevitably, the tempo slowed as both sides seemed to tire in the blistering heat but roared on by their supporters, Cheltenham pushed forward but it was destined not to be their day as this time it was 'keeper Steve Phillips who came to Crewe's rescue, making an excellent save to prevent Mohamed from equalising.

Having survived so many close calls, it was the Alex who were then wondering how they didn't snatch a second with less than 20 minutes to go after Adam Dugdale sneaked in at the back post only to have his shot blocked at close range by Robins stopper Scott Brown.

But with eight minutes to play, winger Byron Moore, linked up with AJ Leitch-Smith and drove his shot in to the far corner to send the Crewe faithful mad and confirm their return to npower League 1.

Cheltenham Town (4-4-2): Brown; Jombati, Bennett, Elliott, Garbutt; McGlashan, Summerfield, Pack (Penn 84), Mohamed; Goulding (Duffy 75), Burgess (Spencer 84).

Substitutes not used: Lowe, Smikle.

Crewe Alexandra (4-4-1-1): Phillips; Davis, Dugdale, Artell, Mellor; Moore (Bell 90), Westwood, Murphy, Tootle; Powell (Clayton 80); Leitch (C. Martin 85).

Substitutes not used: A. Martin, Bodin.