Trophy Northern round-up
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chesterfield and Crewe Alexandra have reached the Northern Section semi-finals.
Chesterfield and Crewe Alexandra are in the Northern Section semi-finals of the Johnstone's Paint Trophy after wins on Wednesday.
Crewe reached the semi-final stages after a 3-2 victory at League One rivals Port Vale.
Events at Vale Park were soon influenced by George Pilkington's sending off for a professional foul that conceded a Crewe penalty on 36 minutes.
Ryan Lowe (38) stepped up to convert the spot kick and give The Railwaymen the lead before Rodney Jack (48) doubled the visitors' advantage.
Luke Varney (57 - pictured) made it three for Dario Gradi's side before The Valiants rallied late on, as Leon Constantine struck a brace (78, 88) for the home side, but Crewe held on to go through.
Chesterfield joined their League One rivals in the semis after seeing off League Two opponents Chester City 3-1 on penalties after a dramatic 4-4 draw.
The Spireites ran out to a two-goal lead through Paul Shaw (1) and Caleb Folan (15) before Paul Linwood (21) replied for Mark Wright's side.
Laurence Wilson (27) then levelled the tie for The Blues before Gregg Blundell (48) gave Chester a 3-2 lead.
Aaron Downes restored parity at 3-3 three minutes later before striking Roy McFarland's side in front on 70 minutes.
However, Chester made sure of a penalty shoot-out after the initial 90 minutes when Phil Bolland (86) made it 4-4.
Chesterfield held their nerve in the shoot-out to go through, with Doncaster Rovers and Darlington also in the Northern Section semi-finals after wins on Tuesday.