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Rhodes to Wembley over for Rovers

Rhodes to Wembley over for Rovers (©PAphotos)
Rhodes to Wembley over for Rovers (©PAphotos).

Two goals from Jordan Rhodes earned Huddersfield a place in the Northern Section final of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Tranmere at Prenton Park.

Rhodes opened the scoring with a fine lobbed effort from the edge of the penalty area after strike partner Alan Lee had flicked on a long clearance.

Lee was once again the provider midway through the second half when Rhodes turned home his cross following a swift counter attack.

In the Southern Section, Bristol Rovers defender Byron Anthony had a night to forget as Exeter triumphed in a penalty shoot-out following a 2-2 draw.

The centre-back sliced Scott Golbourne's cross into his own net after 66 minutes as the visitors equalised Will Hoskins' brilliant 20th-minute shot from 25 yards.

Hoskins teed-up Ben Swallow to restore Rovers' lead with a side-footed finish after 78 minutes only for Ryan Harley to slot a second equaliser for Exeter from eight yards a minute from time.

It was Anthony at fault again in the penalty shoot-out that followed. His shot was brilliantly saved by Artur Krysiak after both sides had scored from their first three kicks. Richard Duffy then kept his nerve to net the decisive spot-kick as Exeter maintained their 100% record from 12 yards.

Shootout heroics from goalkeeper Richard Lee ensured Brentford overcame Charlton after a goalless 90 minutes to join Exeter in the Southern Area final.

Lee saved three spot-kicks in succession to leave Bees striker Gary Alexander with the task of sending Andy Scott's side through to a money-spinning final.

It was no more than Brentford deserved after dominating the second half but failing to find the killer touch to end Charlton's Wembley dream.

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Topics:
Bristol Rovers
Ryan Harley
Jordan Rhodes
Exeter
Football
Alan Lee
Richard Lee
League One
Huddersfield Town
Scott Golbourne
Gary Alexander
Will Hoskins
Ben Swallow
Brentford
Richard Duffy
Artur Krysiak
Byron Anthony
Tranmere Rovers
Charlton Athletic

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