York, Trophy winners in 2012 and runners-up in 2009, are returning to
Wembley for a third time after a 1-1 draw at Sincil Bank in the second-leg.
The Minstermen's narrow first leg advantage was cancelled out by Sean
Raggett's header midway through the second half after Nathan Arnold's corner
was knocked back by Luke Waterfall.
However, with no further goals the contest moved into extra-time, during
which the visitors grabbed the all-important equaliser on 103 minutes when
Hamza Bencherif's shot was adjudged to have been handled by Terry Hawkridge.
And sub Scott Fenwick stepped up to convert the penalty and earn another
trip to Wembley where they will take on Macclesfield Town as the two underdogs
achieved notable wins against high-flying opponents.
The Silkmen, who haven`t appeared at the home of football for a Trophy
final since 1996 when they beat Northwich Victoria, edged out Tranmere
Rovers 2-1 on aggregate following their single goal triumph at Prenton Park.
The sides shared a 1-1 draw at the Moss Rose last weekend and the signs
were that Tranmere, like Lincoln, battling for a return to the Football League,
would make it through to their first ever Trophy final.
But the hosts struggled to get their game together as Macc goalkeeper Scott
Flinders rarely had a save to make, despite Micky Mellon`s side having the
lions` share of possession.
Few chances were created in the first half, with neither ‘keeper stretched.
Macclesfield were the much better team after the break as they piled the
pressure on the Tranmere goal.
The Silkmen then had their best chance though as a quick counter attack saw
the ball find its way to Ollie Norburn in the penalty area, and he rattled the
bar with Scott Davies beaten.
The midfielder was presented with another opportunity after 68 minutes though,
and this time he made no mistake as he beat Steve McNulty to bring down a long
ball and immediately smashed a shot across goal and in at the far post.
And Macclesfield`s solid defence expertly kept the Rovers` attack at bay
for the remainder of the match to be able to celebrate a fine win at the end of