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Preston North End and Swindon Town take big steps towards Wembley



It’s looking like it could be third against fourth in the Sky Bet League One play-off final as Preston North End and Swindon Town picked up massive away wins at Chesterfield and Sheffield United respectively.

Swindon beat Sheffield United 2-1

Swindon beat Sheffield United 2-1

Bolton loanee Jermaine Beckford’s early goal gave Preston a vital 1-0 lead going into Sunday’s second leg.

Despite Preston’s poor play-off record, where they have lost out in all nine attempts, Simon Grayson’s side will be confident of picking up the right result at home after losing just one home game all season.

Chesterfield however can take confidence from their trip to Deepdale earlier this season, where they overturned a three-goal deficit to pick up a point.

Swindon had to do things the hard way, coming from behind to win at Bramall Lane despite Ben Gladwin missing a penalty.

Sam Ricketts cancelled out Kieron Freeman’s first half opener before Nathan Byrne scored the goal which could take his side to Wembley in injury time.

Swindon now go into Monday evening’s second leg knowing a draw would be enough to take them to Wembley come the 24th May.

Town fans will be hoping to see a performance of similar quality to their 5-2 home win over Sheffield United earlier on in the season.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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