Lincoln City duo Danny and Nicky Cowley triumph over Shrewsbury Town’s Omar Beckles and Stefan Payne in English Football League Trophy final
PUBLISHED: 07:00 09 April 2018
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English Football League Trophy final: Lincoln City 1 Shrewsbury Town 0
Danny and Nicky Cowley triumphed in the battle of the former Hornchurch players at Wembley on Sunday as Lincoln City and Shrewsbury Town competed for the English Football League Trophy.
Elliott Whitehouse hit the only goal of the game as the Imps claimed silverware on their first visit to the national stadium.
Whitehouse tapped in from close range in the 16th minute as Lincoln, managed by Danny Cowley with Nicky Cowley his assistant, became the first fourth-tier team to lift the trophy since Luton did so in 2009.
It heaped further Wembley misery upon Shrewsbury, who have lost every one of their four matches at the national stadium.
The League One side, who named ex-Urchins forward Stefan Payne on the bench, started brightest, with Bryn Morris smashing a long-range effort against the crossbar in the fifth minute.
Matt Rhead was fortunate not to receive his marching orders four minutes later when he elbowed Dean Henderson.
Lincoln took control when Whitehouse fired home after Henderson had initially saved from Luke Waterfall.
Ryan Allsop saved brilliantly from Omar Beckles, who played for Hornchurch in 2014, before James Bolton hit the post with the follow-up in the 32nd minute.
Nolan had a long-range effort deflected out for a corner in the 54th minute, before Morris and Nathan Thomas had shots blocked as the Shrews stepped it up.
Rhead fluffed a great chance to double Lincoln’s lead when he skied over from 12 yards on the hour.
But it did not prove costly as City mounted a determined defensive effort to seal a famous victory with Havering brothers Danny and Nicky Cowley enjoying success on their first visit to Wembley.
The siblings, who were born in Harold Wood and attended Harold Court Primary School and Emerson Park Secondary School, will now look to lead the Imps to a second successive promotion with Lincoln sixth in League Two.
Shrewsbury, meanwhile, will aim to finish the campaign off on a high by claiming a top-two finish in League One which would see Beckles and Payne potentially playing Championship football next season.