Crewe reach final of League One promotion playoff

Crewe Alexandra are into the League Two promotion playoff after victory last night against Southend United.

Crewe Alexandra are into the League Two promotion playoff after victory last night against Southend United.

Seventeen-year-old Max Clayton scored the goal which sent Crewe to Wembley for the npower League Two play-off final as they overcame Southend 3-2 on aggregate following a 2-2 draw at Roots Hall on Wednesday night.

Substitute Clayton had only been on the field 10 minutes when he tucked the ball home to put his side 3-1 ahead on aggregate in the 86th minute.

Ajay Leitch-Smith had earlier opened the scoring for the visitors before Neil Harris levelled for Southend in the second half.

Clayton's strike appeared to be enough but Chris Barker ensured a nervy final few minutes for the visitors when he headed Southend level on 88 minutes.

But Crewe, who won the first leg courtesy of Adam Dugdale's goal, held out to book a place in next weekend's final against Cheltenham or Torquay.

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