Gallery: Boro make it to Wembley
Stevenage Borough 0-0 Kidderminster Harriers STEVENAGE BOROUGH face another trip to what is fast becoming their second home – Wembley. Boro ensured a third visit to the home of English football in four seasons on Saturday after playing out what was, in r
Stevenage Borough 0-0 Kidderminster Harriers
STEVENAGE BOROUGH face another trip to what is fast becoming their second home - Wembley.
Boro ensured a third visit to the home of English football in four seasons on Saturday after playing out what was, in reality, a mere formality against Kidderminster Harriers in the FA Trophy semi-final.
The job was effectively wrapped up a week previously at Aggborough and, in truth, Graham Westley's side never looked like relinquishing their advantage in the second leg despite a spirited display from the visitors.
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Westley was understandably pleased to reach the final, but maintains his priority lies wholly with gaining promotion to the Football League.
"It was a strange old game because of the lead we had and it was difficult to prepare for because all we could do was fail really," Westley said.
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"I picked a team that was going to do enough up front and one that could be tight defensively as I knew keeping a clean sheet would see us go through.
"We would've liked to have won the game but the most important thing is we got the job done.
"It sounds daft to say we're not overly excited by getting to the final, which sounds disrespectful to the competition, but our priority has always been the league and we want to kick on now with our remaining games and get promoted."
Stevenage started brightly and came within a whisker of taking the lead after only four minutes when Andy Drury hit the post after a great cross from Chris Beardsley.
Boro were not able to create too many more chances of note in the first half as both teams lacked the finishing touch in the final third.
The visitors started the second half on the front foot as they looked to salvage some pride from the tie but found Boro 'keeper Chris Day in fine form.
First, he made a superb save low down to his right after a powerful shot from Darryl Knights before beating away another stinging effort from Chris McPhee.
Despite knowing their team were going out of the competition, the Kidderminster supporters found time to lighten the mood by chanting: "we only want one goal."
But Mark Roberts and Jon Ashton produced excellent displays at the back to ensure that didn't happen.
Yemi Odubade should have scored five minutes from time only to blaze over from an acute angle before substitute Michell Cole brought a fantastic save from the visiting 'keeper from six yards after a great run and cross from Odubade.
Stevenage: Day 8, Laird 6, Ashton 7, Roberts 7, Murphy 6 (Byrom), Long 7, Odubade 7, Bridges 7 (Albrighton), Beardsley 7, Drury 7 (Cole 7, 60), Henry 6. Subs: Bayes, Sills.