Fleetwood reached the League Two play-off final, beating York 1-0 on aggregate after a 0-0 draw at Highbury.

Home goalkeeper Chris Maxwell denied Michael Coulson and Keith Lowe as the visitors looked to overturn their first-leg deficit.

At the other end, Nick Pope saved brilliantly from Antoni Sarcevic to keep York in the tie.

But the Minstermen could not force it into extra-time and Fleetwood will face either Southend or Burton on 26 May.

Pilley's transformation

Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley

When Fleetwood chairman Andy Pilley took over the club in 2003, they were playing in the North West Counties Football League Premier Division and their crowds hovered around the 100 mark.

Victory at Wembley will see the Cod Army achieve a sixth promotion in 10 seasons and go into the third tier of English football for the first time in their history.

York had gone 17 games unbeaten heading into the play-offs but their defeat at Bootham Crescent on Monday, inflicted upon them by former York winger Matty Blair, ended their hopes of a second promotion in three years.

And while Nigel Worthington's men failed to test Maxwell as often as they would have anticipated in a feisty second leg, they threatened enough make it a nervous 90 minutes for a sell-out crowd of 5,194, before the home supporters could celebrate a trip to Wembley.

Both sides failed to direct any of their early chances on target, with Josh Morris and Iain Hume firing over for Fleetwood, while skipper Russ Penn did likewise for the visitors.

Maxwell was called upon twice to preserve Fleetwood's one-goal lead in the tie - first stopping Coulson's powerful effort from 12 yards and then flying to his right to keep out Lowe's looping header.

The home side struggled to impose themselves on the game during the first 45 minutes, but almost took the lead in stoppage time at the end of the first period when Mark Roberts met Steven Schumacher's driven free-kick, but his header drifted wide.

Will Hayhurst's driven cross evaded the onrushing Adam Reed as York looked to step up the pace after the break.

As the game began to open up, Fleetwood finally found some fluidity and after Pope's excellent save from Sarcevic, Nathan Pond headed over from the resulting corner.

Left-back Charlie Taylor drilled wide in the dying minutes as the hosts looked to close out the match, while a curling effort from substitute Ryan Jarvis, calmly claimed by Maxwell, was as close as the visitors came to forcing an extra 30 minutes.

Fleetwood manager Graham Alexander told BBC Radio Lancashire:

"Getting to Wembley is the next step we wanted to take. It's not the target, but it's the next step to our target, and we're really pleased to get there.

"We made it hard for ourselves and York made it difficult. It was a proper play-off game.

"When it came down to the crunch, the defenders and the goalkeeper were fantastic over the two legs and especially tonight. It was one for men and that's what we saw."

York manager Nigel Worthington told BBC Radio York:

"I thought it was a tremendous effort from start to finish. We had energy, commitment and never stopped. That's the type of group we've got.

"As the manager of the football club, I'm very proud of them.

"There were many half-chances tonight when the ball was in and around the box and it's got to fall to you. Sometimes you've got to make that happen.

"Fleetwood are a good side and we wish them well in the final."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (6)

Fleetwood Town

  • 28 Maxwell
  • 15 McLaughlin Booked
  • 20 Taylor
  • 08 Schumacher (Goodall - 75' )
  • 06 Pond
  • 05 Roberts Booked
  • 17 Blair
  • 18 Sarcevic Booked (Cresswell - 83' )
  • 36 Hume (Parkin - 64' )
  • 23 Ball
  • 24 Morris

Substitutes

  • 04 Murdoch
  • 07 Evans
  • 09 Parkin
  • 13 Goodall
  • 16 Cresswell
  • 25 Jordan
  • 33 Lucas

York City

  • 31 Pope
  • 02 Oyebanjo
  • 03 Davies
  • 10 Penn
  • 15 Lowe
  • 16 McCombe
  • 07 Coulson
  • 37 Reed (Montrose - 84' )
  • 08 Andrew
  • 19 Bowman (Jarvis - 69' )
  • 26 Hayhurst Booked (Allan - 90' )

Substitutes

  • 05 McGurk
  • 11 Jarvis
  • 14 Montrose
  • 18 Platt
  • 20 Allan
  • 24 Ingham
  • 28 Puri
Ref: Scott Duncan
Att: 5,194

Match Stats

Shots

16 15

On target

3 2

Corners

6 9

Fouls

9 10

Live Text Commentary

Full time

Full Time Match ends, Fleetwood Town 0, York City 0.

90:00 +4:37 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Fleetwood Town 0, York City 0.

90:00 +3:19

Foul by Russell Penn (York City).

90:00 +3:19

Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

90:00 +3:05

Attempt saved. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Jon Parkin with a through ball.

90:00 +2:11

Attempt saved. Ryan Jarvis (York City) right footed shot from long range on the left is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by John McCombe.

90:00 +1:21

Attempt missed. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Chris Maxwell.

90:00 +0:44

Corner, York City. Conceded by Alan Goodall.

90:00 +0:42

Attempt blocked. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Jarvis.

89:27 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Tom Allan replaces William Hayhurst.

89:04

Ben Davies (York City) wins a free kick on the left wing.

89:04

Foul by Jon Parkin (Fleetwood Town).

88:35

Attempt missed. Charlie Taylor (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Jon Parkin.

86:19

Attempt missed. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

83:59 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Lewis Montrose replaces Adam Reed.

83:33

Attempt blocked. Adam Reed (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Ben Davies.

82:52 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Ryan Cresswell replaces Antoni Sarcevic.

82:10

Attempt blocked. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Russell Penn.

78:52

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (York City) left footed shot from outside the box is just a bit too high.

77:10

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

74:23 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Alan Goodall replaces Steven Schumacher.

72:39

Attempt blocked. Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

72:02

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

72:02

Foul by Keith Lowe (York City).

70:50

Foul by Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town).

70:50

Adam Reed (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

69:47

Attempt missed. Nathan Pond (Fleetwood Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Morris with a cross following a corner.

69:16

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Nick Pope.

69:12

Attempt saved. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Schumacher.

68:44 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, York City. Ryan Jarvis replaces Ryan Bowman.

68:05

Attempt blocked. David Ball (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Josh Morris.

67:11

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

67:11

Lanre Oyebanjo (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

65:17 Booking

Booking William Hayhurst (York City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

64:54

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

64:54

Foul by William Hayhurst (York City).

63:56

Corner, York City. Conceded by Nathan Pond.

63:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Fleetwood Town. Jon Parkin replaces Iain Hume.

61:35

Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right. Assisted by Antoni Sarcevic.

60:52

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

60:52

Foul by Ryan Bowman (York City).

60:04

Attempt missed. Adam Reed (York City) header from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by William Hayhurst with a cross.

56:01

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

56:01

Foul by Keith Lowe (York City).

54:18

Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

54:18

Foul by William Hayhurst (York City).

53:12

Attempt missed. Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Charlie Taylor.

51:59

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) header from the right side of the six yard box is too high. Assisted by Josh Morris with a cross following a corner.

51:40

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

51:01

Matty Blair (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

51:01

Foul by William Hayhurst (York City).

49:50

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

49:50

Ben Davies (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

48:44

Corner, York City. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

47:20

Attempt blocked. Adam Reed (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

46:36

Corner, York City. Conceded by Chris Maxwell.

45:00

Second Half begins Fleetwood Town 0, York City 0.

45:00 +4:00 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Fleetwood Town 0, York City 0.

45:00 +3:25

Attempt missed. Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Josh Morris.

45:00 +2:53

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Lanre Oyebanjo.

45:00 +0:21

David Ball (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the right wing.

45:00 +0:21

Foul by John McCombe (York City).

38:57

Corner, York City. Conceded by Matty Blair.

35:27

Ryan Bowman (York City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

35:27

Foul by Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town).

33:18 Booking

Booking Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

33:00

Michael Coulson (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

33:00

Foul by Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town).

32:54

Michael Coulson (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

32:54

Foul by Steven Schumacher (Fleetwood Town).

32:43

Attempt blocked. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Iain Hume.

32:07

Attempt blocked. Ryan Bowman (York City) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Calvin Andrew with a headed pass.

30:25

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

29:21

Delay in match Russell Penn (York City) because of an injury.

28:17

Corner, York City. Conceded by Steven Schumacher.

27:48 Booking

Booking Mark Roberts (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

27:31

Ryan Bowman (York City) wins a free kick on the right wing.

27:31

Foul by Mark Roberts (Fleetwood Town).

25:35

Attempt missed. Calvin Andrew (York City) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Ben Davies with a cross.

23:13

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

20:54

Delay in match Russell Penn (York City) because of an injury.

20:53

Delay in match Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town) because of an injury.

19:36 Booking

Booking Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) is shown the yellow card.

17:39

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Keith Lowe.

15:11

Corner, Fleetwood Town. Conceded by Adam Reed.

14:36

Foul by Lanre Oyebanjo (York City).

14:36

Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick on the left wing.

14:04

Attempt saved. Michael Coulson (York City) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Adam Reed.

13:09

Attempt missed. Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Josh Morris with a cross.

11:38

Attempt missed. Antoni Sarcevic (Fleetwood Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Schumacher with a headed pass.

8:46

Attempt missed. Ryan Bowman (York City) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the left. Assisted by Adam Reed with a cross following a corner.

8:25

Corner, York City. Conceded by Conor McLaughlin.

8:01

Attempt saved. Conor McLaughlin (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom right corner. Assisted by Iain Hume.

7:03

Foul by Keith Lowe (York City).

7:03

Iain Hume (Fleetwood Town) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

6:00

Corner, York City. Conceded by Mark Roberts.

5:57

Attempt blocked. Adam Reed (York City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

5:55

Attempt blocked. Michael Coulson (York City) left footed shot from the right side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Ryan Bowman with a headed pass.

5:22

Foul by David Ball (Fleetwood Town).

5:22

John McCombe (York City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

4:36

Attempt missed. Russell Penn (York City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high following a corner.

4:06

Corner, York City. Conceded by Steven Schumacher.

3:09

Attempt missed. Josh Morris (Fleetwood Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by David Ball.

1:04

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

0:23

Delay in match Ryan Bowman (York City) because of an injury.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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