FT: Bradford 3 Northampton 0

Thanks for joining us this afternoon, stay tuned for a full match report and all the best reaction from Wembley on a memorable afternoon for the Bantams.

Congratulations to Bradford who climb out of League Two for the first time in seven seasons. Their victory was built on a devastating first-half display when they roared into a 3-0 lead.

90+5
Full-time! Bradford are promoted to League One!!!

90+4
Harding goes for goal and finally has Northampton's first shot on target, but McLaughlin claims with ease.

90+4
Northampton win a free kick just outside the Bradford box on the right. Time for a consolation, perhaps.

90+2
Guttridge goes for the spectacular from Widdowson's cross but sends the ball in the wrong direction.

90+2
Some Northampton fans have seen enough and are heading for the exits.

90+1
Bradford's corner comes to nothing but they are still in possession in Northampton's half.

90
Four added minutes will be played.

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Connell puts Cameron under pressure and earns corner for Bradford.

89
Akinfenwa is penalised for leaning into Davies and shows his frustration in no uncertain terms.

89
Hanson goes into the book for one tangle too many with Cameron.

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Tozer's throw is headed out and O'Donovan's return header goes wide of the goal, with Northampton yet to have an effort on target.

87
Final change for Bradford as Doyle makes way for Ravenhill.

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Harding's corner is too deep for Carlisle, but Tozer can hurl a throw back in.

86
Deflected cross from Widdowson beats everyone at the far post.

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Hanson is penalised for pulling back Cameron with Bradford's fans now in full voice.

85
Wells makes way for Bradford, to a deserved standing ovation from the Bantams fans, with Connell coming on. Northampton waste their free-kick.

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Doyle is booked for a clumsy tackle on Widdowson near the Bradford corner flag.

83
Akinfenwa heads the corner away from in front of Nicholls, with Bradford not really making too much effort to challenge.

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Hanson wins a corner from Carlisle.

82
Guttridge is penalised for a foul on Meredith near the halfway line and a few more seconds tick by.

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First touch for Atkinson as he puts the ball out for a throw, with Tozer's long ball going over Akinfenwa before Clarke's header goes well wide.

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Bradford make their first change as Reid is replaced by Atkinson.

78
Guttridge's ball into Harding is taken well on his chest but he fires well over the bar from outside the box.

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Bradford are knocking the ball around with ease at the moment with the clock running down.

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Akinfenwa helps the ball on towards O'Donovan but Bradford clear with ease.

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The attendance today is a very impressive 47,127.

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Wells is down with cramp, so play is held up while briefly, but he is OK to continue.

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Decent cross from Guttridge towards Akinfenwa, but McLaughlin is off his line to gather well.

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A lone supporter is on his feet in the Northampton end trying to urge his side on and encourage his fellow fans, but there's not much interest.

70
Bizarre scenes as Guttridge is given some instructions on paper which he takes a look at before tucking them into his shorts. Never seen that before.

70
Final throw of the dice from Boothroyd as Lewis Hornby replaces Demontagnac.

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Demontagnac is penalised for a push on Darby at the far post as another Northampton attack comes to nothing.

67
Neat build-up play from Bradford sees them cut through Northampton as Reid and Meredith combine to set up Wells, but his low shot from the edge of the area lacks the necessary power.

66
Another Carlisle body-check, this time on Reid, sees him booked.

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Demontagnac tries his luck from long range but his dipping effort is hopelessly off target.

63
Reid is close to making it 4-0 as he volleys wide after arriving unmarked at the far post onto Wells' deep cross.

63
Akinfenwa fires well wide on the turn from eight yards after Hackett's short free-kick to Harding is drilled into the box.

61
Bradford cut out another Northampton attack and Thompson embarks on a run which takes him all the way to the edge of the opposition box before dragging his shot wide of the target.

61
There is not the same intensity to the second half from Bradford, but having opened up such significant lead, that is understandable.

60
Long ball forward towards Akinfenwa but Davies gets there first and his header goes back to McLaughlin.

57
The Bradford fans rise as one to salute and pay tribute to the 56 supporters who died in the Valley Parade fire of 1985.

57
Tozer tries to feed Demontagnac down the line, but Jones is across to clear.

55
Beast Mode On. The unmistakable figure of Akinfenwa joins the fray in place of Platt.

55
Cameron does well to deny Hanson and Wells in quick succession.

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First change for Northampton with Collins coming off for Widdowson, while Akinfenwa will be on soon, too.

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Demontagnac puts the ball out before Meredith's long throw into the box loops goalwards after coming off Hanson as Carlisle tried to clear, with Nicholls clawing the ball away.

50
Northampton's first change looks imminent.

49
O'Donovan is OK to continue and shakes hands quickly with McLaughlin.

48
McLaughlin races from his area to deal with a long ball down field, clearing his lines but also taking out O'Donovan and leaving the Northampton man in a heap on the turf.

48
Jones' free-kick is too high for McArdle, who had again lost his marker.

48
Blatant body-check by Carlisle on Wells brings a free-kick but no yellow card.

48
Northampton's subs, including Akinfenwa, are out warming up.

47
Another ball is aimed in towards Platt but he cannot get his header on target with McLaughlin in no-man's land.

46
Bradford get the second half under way. No changes from either side, perhaps a surprise from a Northampton point of view, given how poor they were.

We're back for the second half, can Northampton find a way back into this contest, or are Bradford already bound for League One?

It is a long way back into this contest for Northampton. They have been second best in every single department so far and need to buck their ideas up to avoid being humiliated.

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Referee Stroud brings the half to a close. Bradford have been excellent and fully deserve their lead, while Northampton's defensive frailties have been fully exposed.

45+5
Northampton's deeps free-kick into the box comes off Carlisle head and goes behind.

45+3
Wells tricks his way into the box and shoots but Cameron is in the way.

45+2
Guttridge fires in a shot from the edge of the area but Doyle blocks superbly.

45+1
Tozer's latest bomb is fisted away by McLaughlin.

45+1
Hackett looks to feed Harding but Darby slides in to put the ball out for a throw.

45
Four added minutes will be played.

44
O'Donovan's cross is deflected and McLaughlin does well to fist clear under his own crossbar.

43
Thompson seems to be moving OK having come back into the fray.

42
Hackett's attempted cross goes out for a throw as Northampton look for a lifeline.

40
Thompson is down on the turf with the trainer on. Doesn't look too good for the Bradford man, with his ankle seemingly the problem.

39
Demontagnac catches Jones with a late one in the centre circle, but both men swiftly shake hands.

38
Awful pass by Doyle allows Northampton to put a deep ball into the box, but O'Donovan's far post header is claimed by McLaughlin.

38
Harding's corner is flapped at by McLaughlin but Thompson completes the clearance.

37
Hackett's curling free-kick is headed behind by Davies for a corner.

37
Free-kick to Northampton in a decent position on the left corner of the Bradford box, about 10 yards out.

36
Another deep Darby throw into the box is headed on by Hanson but Nicholls gathers.

35
Wells looks to trick his way through the Northampton defence but Carlisle stands in his way once again.

33
Wells gets in behind the Northampton defence but Carlisle puts in a good tackle just as he prepares to shoot.

33
Reid's resulting corner is headed away and the second ball goes all the way through to Nicholls. Northampton need to get to half-time without conceding again.

32
It's nearly 4-0 to Bradford as Darby's long throw goes all the way across the box, is allowed to bounce and Reid's header on goal is well tipped over by a furious Nicholls.

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Jones swings the free-kick into the box but Nicholls comes out to claim.

30
O'Donovan goes into the book for an ugly swipe on Reid.

30
Another Tozer long throw, the Cobblers' only threat so far, is easily gathered by McLaughlin.

29
We've not even had half an hour here and Northampton already look to be out of this contest.

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Awful defending from Northampton as they allow another deep cross to reach Thompson, he heads it back across goal and Wells arrives to blast the ball home beyond a helpess Nicholls.

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GOAL FOR BRADFORD!!!! Wells makes it 3-0!!

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More pressure from Bradford and Nicholls has to save from close range from Wells.

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Long diagonal ball into the box is met by Platt but he flicks his header wide of the post.

25
Bradford's dominance is demonstrated by the stats - they've had five shots so far, three on target, while Northampton are yet to even have an attempt on goal.

25
Now O'Donovan needs to leave the field for treatment with blood coming from his nose.

24
Good pressure from Bradford as they pass the ball around outside the Northampton box before Reid's cross is headed away and then Wells fails to connect properly with a shot from the edge.

23
Corner for Northampton from Harding is headed clear by Bradford.

22
Clive Platt goes into the book for a challenge on Davies.

21
Hanson is penalised for a foul on Cameron. Northampton are in danger of being overrun here and need to find a way back into the game.

20
Jones and Reid work a short corner, with the latter's cross too deep, but once again Bradford are first to react and Doyle's ball back into the box is headed home at the near post by McArdle as he gets away from his man.

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GOAL FOR BRADFORD!!!! McArdle makes it 2-0!!

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Bradford have another corner, with Jones to take.

18
Quick stat for you as Northampton try to recover - the side scoring first has won the last four League Two play-off finals, with the last side to win after conceding first Stockport v Rochdale in 2008.

16
Great header from Hanson to put Bradford in the lead. Wells' superb touch sent Reid away down the left and he cut back before feeding Meredith. The full-back's initial cross was too high for Hanson, but Thompson collected the ball and stood up a superb cross to the back post for Hanson to guide a superb finish over the flailing Nicholls.

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GOAL FOR BRADFORD!!!! Hanson scores!

14
Reid's corner is straight into the centre of the penalty area and Carlisle heads away.

14
Wells and Hanson combine with Cameron conceding another corner as the latter looks to cross.

13
Tozer has another chance to hurl a long throw into the box, but Stroud spots some pushing and Bradford have a free-kick.

13
Bradford have bossed the possession in the opening stages, but there is a real frenetic feel to the fixture so far, with both teams looking to go long at almost every opportunity.

12
Collins attempts a through-ball to his forwards but overhits the pass and McLaughlin gathers with ease.

10
O'Donovan is penalised for a high boot as he looks to break clear and Bradford have a free-kick on the edge of their own box.

9
Scramble in the Northampton box and it takes a last-ditch tackle to deny Wells as he looks to pull the trigger, before the Cobblers clear.

7
Although it is a nasty-looking wound, Harding is OK to continue with his head bandaged up.

6
Referee Stroud halts play as Ben Harding has taken a nasty blow to the head as he challenged for the ball and has blood pouring down his face.

6
Tozer's throw is an absolute monster which goes all the way through to the far post and McLaughlin fists away.

5
Northampton go on the attack and Davies concedes a throw near the corner flag.

4
Reid plays it short to Jones, whose good cross to the far post is headed over by Wells, who cannot get over the ball enough.

4
Corner for Bradford as Cameron puts it behind under pressure from Wells.

3
Wells takes responsibility but curls his effort over the wall and also well over Nicholls' crossbar.

2
Hanson is fouled by Cameron and and Bradford have a free-kick in a central position about 10 yards outside the box.

1
Couple of early touches for Bradford keeper McLaughlin as he gathers an over-hit through-ball and then a launched clearance from the Northampton defence.

1
Northampton get the action under way.

The two teams are out on the pitch at Wembley ready for the pre-match formalities, with kick-off now just five minutes away.

The two teams have met four times already this season, with Bradford edging the two League Two meetings 1-0, while their FA Cup encounter went to a replay, with the Bantams then triumphing on penalties.

Our friends at Sky Bet have a host of markets available on today's game, but the main options are Bradford available as 6/5 favourites, Northampton on offer at 5/2 and the draw a 9/4 shot.

Today's referee is Keith Stroud from Hampshire.

Northampton boss Aidy Boothroyd has preferred Clive Platt up front to Adebayo Akinfenwa, with the burly striker, who has not scored in his last 14 games, having to settle for a place on the bench.

First in touch is Chris Green from Huddersfield, who writes: "I'm a Huddersfield Town fan and I would like to wish Bradford the very best of luck ahead of today's play-off final. This will be a tough one for Bradford because Northampton have some good players, but I don't think they'll have any problem here if they perform to their potential and take their chances."

Northampton team: Nicholls, Tozer, Carlisle, Cameron, Collins, Hackett, Harding, Guttridge, Demontagnac, O'Donovan, Platt. Subs: Snedker, Johnson, Widdowson, Langmead, Akinfenwa, Robinson, Hornby

Bradford team: McLaughlin, Darby, McArdle, Davies, Meredith, Thompson, Jones, Doyle, Reid, Hanson, Wells. Subs: Duke, Ravenhill, Atkinson, McHugh, Connell, Hines, Nelson.

The team news will be in shortly and we will bring you the starting line-ups as soon as they are announced.

This is Bradford's second visit to Wembley this year following their shock Capital One Cup final appearance and they are sure to find themselves on a more level footing against Northampton than they did when they faced Premier League side Swansea.

If you want to have your say on this afternoon's clash, then drop me a line to rob.parrish@bskyb.com or via Twitter @skysportsrobp and I'll publish a selection of the best prior to kick-off.

Kick-off at Wembley is just under an hour away and the atmosphere is already building with Bradford and Northampton just 90 minutes away from securing promotion to League One.

Good afternoon and welcome to our live and interactive text commentary on this afternoon's League Two play-off final.

League Two Fixtures

Friday, 18 April 2014
15:00
AFC W'don v Newport
Accrington v Mansfield
Bury v Plymouth
Cheltenham v Fleetwood
Chesterfld v Exeter
Morecambe v Scunthorpe
Oxford Utd v York City  
Rochdale v Southend
Torquay v Dag + Red
Wycombe v Northamptn
Saturday, 19 April 2014
Burton Alb v Hartlepool
Portsmouth v Bristol R

Sky Bet League 2

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Scunthorpe 42 25 76
2 Rochdale 42 22 75
3 Chesterfld 42 27 74
4 Fleetwood 42 13 69
5 Burton Alb 42 5 68
6 Southend 42 12 62
7 Oxford Utd 42 8 62
8 York City 42 8 61
9 Plymouth 42 -2 58
10 Mansfield 42 -6 56
11 Bury 42 5 54
12 Dag + Red 42 -4 54
13 Newport 42 -3 53
14 AFC W'don 42 -5 52
15 Cheltenham 42 -8 52
16 Portsmouth 42 -12 51
17 Accrington 42 -3 50
18 Hartlepool 42 -2 49
19 Morecambe 42 -14 49
20 Exeter 42 -6 48
21 Bristol R 42 -9 47
22 Wycombe 42 -9 46
23 Northamptn 42 -19 46
24 Torquay 42 -23 39

Updated Wed, 16 Apr 2014

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