In the end, a goal either side of half-time consigned Cheltenham Town to a heart-breaking defeat at Wembley.
A moment of magic by Nick Powell put Crewe Alexandra on course to victory, while Byron Moore applied the savage blow eight minutes from time to end Mark Yates' promotion hopes. Cheltenham more than matched the Railwayman on the day and created plenty of chances to grab a goal or two at this wonderful arena, but in the end it wasn't to be. It was perhaps a karmic outcome after the club's impeccable record in major showpieces in the last 14 years. They rattled the bar, saw two cleared off the line and fashioned a host of openings but ultimately slipped to their first defeat in nine play-off matches. The Cheshire club finished the campaign five points and one place behind Cheltenham, but they produced an amazing 19-match unbeaten run to deservedly take their place in League One next season. Yates made two changes to his side, surprising a few with his selection of Jeff Goulding up front. The striker, replacing Jimmy Spencer, had appeared in the dead rubber at Plymouth's Home Park a month ago. This though was his first real competitive outing since the 2-2 draw with Northampton Town in March. There was also a change in defence with Luke Garbutt restored to the starting line-up. The Everton loanee had missed the two matches against the Gulls with a hamstring injury but replaced Keith Lowe here at left back. Yates deployed a 4-4-2 formation, with Jermaine McGlashan (right) and Kaid Mohamed flanking Marlon Pack and Luke Summerfield. Mohamed and Luke Murphy exchanged early strikes, neither of which troubled the goalkeepers as both sides felt their way into the game. Crewe though had made the more confident start to the match and took the lead through Powell with 15 minutes on the clock. The 18-year-old is coveted by many, and his outrageous strike to open the scoring underlined his considerable promise. Kelvin Mellor exchanged passes with Matt Tootle out on the left before rolling it into the striker who spun, flicked it up with his right foot and smashed a fantastic left-footed volley beyond Scott Brown from the edge of the box. The Cheltenham number one has had a fine season, but there was nothing he could have done about this one. The goal spurred Cheltenham into their first meaningful spell of the contest.