LDV Vans Trophy Round-up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Southend United and Wrexham have the advantage in the LDV Vans Trophy.Southend United and Wrexham have the upper hand in their LDV Vans Trophy section finals.
Denis Smith's Dragons will feel confident of reaching the final in Cardiff after a 5-3 first leg thriller at Oldham Athletic in the Northern Final.
A Juan Ugarte hat-trick, along with single strikes from Mark Jones and Darren Ferguson, gave The Dragons a two-goal advantage for the second leg at The Racecourse Ground.
Despite conceding five goals, The Latics will fancy their chances in the second leg after a Scott Vernon brace - one a penalty - and another strike from David Eyres made the first leg scoreline more respectable.
In the Southern Final, Southend moved closer to a second trip to The Milennium Stadium in this competition in as many seasons after a 2-1 victory at Bristol Rovers.
Lawrie Dudfield and Mark Gower found the scoresheet for The Shrimpers while Richard Walker gave The Pirates a lifeline for the second leg at Roots Hall.