Exeter City (0-4) Northampton Town: Live stream and score
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Northampton are up!

The whistle blows and Northampton Town have been promoted back to League One after a two-year absence!

 

A fully deserved win for the Cobblers, who played as complete a game as you'd want in a play-off final, brilliant in all areas.

 

Commiserations to Exeter as they will spend an eighth consecutive season in League Two, a third play-off final defeat in four years. They were poor on the night, but wouldn't have beaten this version of Northampton under any circumstances. 

 

That's all for now! Congratulations again to Northampton as they are promoted to League One. My name is John Lupo and I will talk to you soon!

21:327 days ago

Four minutes of added time

90' The referee indicates there will be four minutes of stoppage time. 
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Northampton add a fourth!

GOAL! 89' Goode hurls one into the Exeter penalty area, Smith gets a touch to Williams, who timed his run to perfection to finish past Maxted and cap a memorable performance for his side.
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88' Two more changes for the Cobblers as Paul Anderson comes on for Ryan Watson and Andy Williams replaces Callum Morton.
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Exeter yellow card

85' Martin is booked after fouling Morton.
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Exeter substitution

82' Fourth change for the Grecians as Brennan Dickenson replaces Pierce Sweeney.
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Northampton turn on the style for their third

GOAL! 80' The Cobblers seal promotion with a brilliant passage of play. Morton controls with his chest, gathers it in, gets it to Marshall, who latches onto the pass, who finds Hoskins, who sweeps it past Maxted and into the far corner. Lovely stuff.
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Northampton double change

75' Cobblers manager Keith Curle makes his first two changes of the matches as James Olayinka comes on for Alan McCormack and Harry Smith replaces Vadaine Oliver. 
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Northampton nearly put the game away!

Ten-man Exeter nearly see the game go beyond them as Oliver plays in Morton and, as Maxted rushes out, he tries to slot underneath the keeper only to see his effort dribble wide.
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Drinks break

68' The second half drinks break has arrived and Northampton, although devoid of the ball recently, are still firmly on top of this final.
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Maxted clears the danger

64' Northampton finally get a look of the ball after had 74 percent of the possession over the last ten minutes and Marshall's cross is punched away by the Grecians keeper.
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Exeter substitution

61' Third change as Jack Sparkes replaces Nigel Antangana. Remember, it's five substitutions instead of the usual three.
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Exeter red card!

58' Just when it looked as though the Grecians were finding a route back into this, Moxey is shown a straight red card after an arm gets into McCormack and he barrels through Watson.
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Grecians improving

58' Exeter look to be finally be growing into this final as Collibs finds Law, who finds Williams, whose low cross is cleared by Turnbull.
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Yellow card!

55' Watson is booked for a late challenge into Williams.
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Double change for Exeter

Grecians manager Matt Taylor tries to shake things up by making two substitutions, Tom Parkes replacing Jayden Richardson and Archie Collins coming on for Alex Fisher.
20:507 days ago

Northampton chance

48' Morton with a free-kick from 45 yards away, Wharton drags it back, Watson tees it up, shot blocked, danger averted for Exeter.
20:467 days ago

Second-half kicks off!

This League Two play-off final is back underway and Exeter have it all to do.
20:377 days ago

Half-time!

The referee's whistle sounds for half-time and after that first half, you can only see this ending one way. Northampton are 45 minutes from a return to League One.

 

Meanwhile, Exeter have created very little and have a job on their hands if they are to get back into this final. 

 

We'll be back shortly for the second half.

20:237 days ago

Bowman fluffs chance!

45+2' Easily Exeter's best chance as Fisher sends the ball into space, Bowman latches onto it, storms into the Northampton penalty area.....and trips over his own feet. It's been that type of evening for the Grecians.
20:217 days ago

Into stoppage time

The official has signaled that there will be four minutes of extra time.
20:187 days ago

Williams tries once more

41' The Exeter number 11 is the target man, but his cross is collected easily by Arnold. Nothing of note for the Grecians to speak of. 
20:177 days ago

Northampton flying

38' Wharton rises above Bowman to meet a free-kick, forcing Maxted to tip over. The free kick comes to nothing, but the Cobblers are dominanting.
20:147 days ago

Grecians reply

Williams seems to be the only man up for it in an Exeter shirt so far and he shoots with his left foot, which is blocked by Harriman.
20:117 days ago

Cobblers double their lead!

GOAL! 33' Morton plays a neat one-two as wins a header off a long free-kick, nods it back for Turnbull, whose flick is met by Morton at the far post to beat Maxted and make it 2-0!
20:087 days ago

Northampton substitution

31' Adams looks to have hurt his hamstring and, after trying to continue, is unable to and he will be replaced by Marshall.
20:057 days ago

Exeter threat

27' Williams finds Law down the right, but Turnbull heads away the danger.
20:037 days ago

Drinks break

23' The first drinks break of the match and it couldn't have come at a better time for Exeter.
19:587 days ago

Another Northampton chance

Curle's men are well and truly on top as Goode picks out Oliver, but he heads over.
19:577 days ago

Cobblers piling on the pressure

15' Adams takes a free-kick from 25 yards out that curves over the wall, forcing Maxted into a save. He makes another when Morton follows up.
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Northampton take the lead!

GOAL! 11' Goode's throw-in is headed clear, but only as far as Watson, who, at the top of the box, brings the ball down off his thigh, dekes Taylor and rifles one past Maxted that deflected off a leg.
19:477 days ago

Exeter chance

4' Scott Wharton is shown the game's first yellow card, but Nicky Law's free kick is dealt with.
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First chance

1' Northampton have the game's first corner, but nothing comes of it. 
19:357 days ago

Match start!

The match is underway!
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Rubber match at Wembley

Exeter and Northampton are meeting for the third time this season with each club winning at home. 

 

The Grecians took a 3-2 decision at St. James' Park on December 17th while the Cobblers ran out 2-0 victors on February 22 at the PTS Academy Stadium.

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Northampton lineup

Here's the starting XI for Cobblers manager Keith Curle:

Arnold, McCormack, Goode, Turnbull, Hoskins, Watson, Wharton, Oliver, Harriman, Morton

18:507 days ago

Exeter lineup

Here's the starting XI that Grecians manager Matt Taylor will field:

 

Maxted, Sweeney,  Atangana, Martin, Law, Williams. Bowman, Fisher, Moxey, Richardson, Taylor

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Team news

No new injury concerns for either team ahead of the final.
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How to watch

Coverage of the match will begin at 7pm and is available on Sky Sports, Sky Sports Go and Sky Sports subscribers.
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Match preview

With Exeter aiming for a return to the third tier for the first time since 2011-12 and Northampton seeking promotion to League One for the first time since 2017-18, here is James Crossan's full match preview:

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Who will reach League One?

Both clubs are coming off of come-from-behind victories in their semifinal ties.

 

Exeter trailed Colchester United 1-0 after the first leg before rallying for a 3-1 win at home to take the tie 3-2 on aggregate.

Northampton pulled off a miraculous comeback after a thorough 2-0 defeat at home to Cheltenham Town only to stun the Robins 3-0 to also win 3-2 overall.

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Kick-off time

Exeter City vs Northampton Town will be played at Wembley Stadium in London, England.

Kick-off is scheduled for 7:30pm.

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Welcome!

Welcome to VAVEL.com's live coverage of the League Two play-off final between Exeter City and Northampton Town.

My name is John Lupo and I'll be your host for the match with pre-match news, live updates and lineups.

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