Notts County beat Chesterfield in playoff to return to Football League

13 May 2023 17:34
Playoff final: Chesterfield 2-2 Notts County (aet; 3-4 on pens)Substitute keeper Mair proves hero in penalty shootoutWhat an emotional rollercoaster for Notts County’s long-suffering supporters. But after twice seeing their side battle back from the jaws of defeat thanks to equalisers from John Bostock and Ruben Rodrigues that required a large slice of fortune, it was all worthwhile as they returned to the Football League after four years away thanks to the heroics of their substitute goalkeeper, Archie Mair.The giant 22-year-old was brought on with seconds of extra-time remaining and produced two brilliant saves in the penalty shootout to deny Darren Oldaker and Jeff King, with even a fluffed Panenka from Bostock not denying them. It was devastating for Chesterfield, who finished a whopping 23 points behind their opponents during the league season but were minutes away from claiming victory themselves on two occasions. Continue full article

Source: TheGuardian