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Summary

  1. Beckford gives Preston 1-0 lead over Chesterfield
  2. Byrne's late winner gives Swindon advantage v Sheff Utd
  3. Freeman netted Sheff Utd opener, Ricketts equalised
  4. Final at Wembley on 24 May

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By Brendon Mitchell and Gary Smee

All times stated are UK

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And there's plenty more to come...

As well as bringing you live text commentary of both of those second legs, we'll also have coverage of Brentford v Middlesbrough in the first Championship play-off semi-final first leg, which kicks off at 19:45 BST tomorrow.

We'll see you then, goodnight!

Nathan Byrne
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The play-offs never fail to live up to the hype, do they? And, don't forget, we're still only at the halfway stage.

Swindon Town came from behind to beat Sheffield United at Bramall Lane, as

Nathan Byrne scored a stoppage-time winner.

And Preston North End take a narrow advantage back to Deepdale after

Jermaine Beckford's sixth-minute strike earned them a 1-0 win at Chesterfield.

Preston and Chesterfield are back in action first on Sunday, 10 May at 12:15 BST, before Swindon and Sheffield United meet in their second leg on Monday, 11 May at 19:45 BST.

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James Perrett: Swindon are a brilliant, young, counter attacking team. A joy to watch. Unlucky to Sheffield United though.

Stuie Neale: Well in Town! Yes! #stfc

Hugh: Lawro and Kilbane must be well chuffed!!

Preston's finest? They'll be more than happy to take a 1-0 lead into Sunday's second leg at Deepdale.

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Chesterfield boss Paul Cook tells Sky Sports: "There's no disappointment, football's a tough game and you can't always win.

"We wanted our boys to turn up tonight and do themselves justice and I felt they did that in abundance.

"We'll turn up again on Sunday. The next goal in this tie is everything. If we can get it we're right back in it."

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson tells Sky Sports: "We had to defend well as a team and work extremely hard. We had some opportunities on the counter-attack, which we knew we'd get because of the strikeforce we've got. It's nice to have a goal to take back to Deepdale.

"It was a feisty encounter - there were a few tackles flying in and both teams were having a right good go, but credit to Chesterfield for making it a good game, as we did.

"Overall we're satisfied but we've still got a job to do."

Sheffield United 1-2 Swindon Town

Mark Cooper
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Swindon Town manager Mark Cooper tells Sky Sports: "We never really settle for draws - we try to win every game. I felt the game was becoming stretched and felt we could win it.

"But one goal changes everything. Away goals don't play a part, so there's a long way to go yet."

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Preston goalscorer Jermaine Beckford tells Sky Sports: "We were up against class opposition so to get a goal as early as we did, it just settled the nerves for us a little bit, especially with what happened at the weekend.

"I think the boys conducted themselves in a great manner and we got exactly what we deserved from the game."

Sheffield United 1-2 Swindon Town

Swindon Town midfielder Yaser Kasim tells Sky Sports: "I feel if we're in control of the game and it's not too end-to-end we'll get the win, and to a certain extent we were in control of it. But don't get too carried away - there's one more game to go."

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Preston North End captain Tom Clarke tells Sky Sports: "It's a big game with big players and everyone wants to win. We'll do anything we can to win. We've got the advantage but it's going to be another tough game come Sunday. We're going to be ready for it."

Sheffield United 1-2 Swindon Town

Swindon Town goalscorer Nathan Byrne tells Sky Sports: "They're a good team. If we prepare like we did for this game then we can get to Wembley - but I don't think we're anywhere near there yet."

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Tom Clarke and Jermaine Beckford
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Preston North End captain Tom Clarke tells Sky Sports: "We were disappointed we couldn't get the result at Colchester.

"We knew coming here would be a tough game but I think we started brilliantly in the first 20 minutes and got the goal we deserved. But they're a good team and passed it well, so we had to defend well and I think we did that."

Sheffield United 1-2 Swindon Town

Swindon Town goalscorer Nathan Byrne tells Sky Sports: "We wanted to come here and get the win. You thought it was going to be one of those days when we missed the penalty, but the boys have got a lot of fight and I think we deserved it in the end. We showed what we could do in the second half."

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Ben Wheatland: Aaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhh! #stfc

I think a few more Swindon supporters will echo your sentiments there, Ben.

FULL-TIME

Sheffield United 1-2 Swindon Town

There goes the full-time whistle, and Swindon Town are heading back home with a one-goal advantage thanks to Nathan Byrne's injury-time strike.

SUBSTITUTION

Sheffield United 1-2 Swindon Town

Michael Smith comes off for Jonathan Obika. We're into time added on of time added on. The travelling fans are in fine voice now, what a steal this would be.

FULL-TIME

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Advantage Preston North End as Jermaine Beckford's early goals gives them a narrow lead to take to Deepdale on Sunday.

GOAL

Sheffield United 1-2 Swindon Town (Byrne, 90+4 mins)

Nathan Byrne
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And Swindon Town have gone up the other end and nicked it!

Nathan Byrne bursts forward into the Sheffield United half and fires a low, bouncing shot across Mark Howard and into the far corner via the post.

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

But, after Swindon take about five goes to get the ball properly clear, the attack fizzles out. Two minutes to play.

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Chesterfield are throwing everything at Preston here. Sam Morsy's shot is blocked before Daniel Jones fires the follow-up high and wide. It simply won't go in for the Spireites.

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

Swindon backs are against the wall. Now Matt Done almost steals in at the near post, but again it's behind for a corner.

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Paul Huntington
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Five minutes of stoppage time for Chesterfield to find an equaliser. Or are Preston heading for a rare win in the play-offs?

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

There'll be five minutes of time added on - and in the very first of those Yaser Kasim has to be brilliantly head Ryan Flynn's dangerous cross behind for a corner.

SUBSTITUTION

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

That's not a nice moment for Stefan Scougall, who becomes a substituted substitute.

The 22-year-old midfielder looks to have pulled up with a hamstring problem and, after a bit of treatment, is withdrawn for Michael Doyle. Two minutes left.

SUBSTITUTION

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Chesterfield now making a swap as Armand Gnanduillet replaces Jay O'Shea.

SUBSTITUTION

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Callum Robinson, on loan from Aston Villa, comes on for goalscorer Jermaine Beckford. Will his sixth-minute strike be the difference in this first leg?

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

Jack Stephens, where did that come from?! The Swindon centre-half strides out from the back, beats three challenges, bursts into the penalty are, holds off a further challenge - but, after all of that, can only poke it wide.

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

Both of these teams could be forgiven for settling for a draw heading into the final few minutes, but I don't think either are. Michael Smith almost wriggles clear inside the Sheffield United penalty area but is well tackled. Last ditch stuff.

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Moments after coming on Ollie Banks has a great chance for Chesterfield. Sam Clucas receives the ball on the left and sends over a fine cross which Banks fires over the bar from a tight angle.

Is there still some late drama to come?

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

Massimo Luongo
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We're into the final 10 minutes between Sheffield United and Swindon Town too. Is there a late sting in the tail of this first leg?

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

Ian Woodcock

BBC Sport at Bramall Lane

"Swindon had to weather a storm for the first 10 minutes of the match and there's a feeling they might need to do so in the final 10 too. The Blades have been second best for the majority of the second half but they've found their feet again in the last few minutes.

"Nigel Clough said before the game that the most important thing was to avoid losing, but he will know how big any kind of lead could prove to be."

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Jay O'Shea
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This is all Chesterfield now. They are launching attack after attack, but just lacking a bit of quality in and around the box. Ten minutes to go.

YELLOW CARD

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

It's all going off at Bramall Lane now, as Yaser Kasim is booked for a foul on Steven Davies. Then, soon after, the former Derby and Bristol City forward first stings the palms of Wes Foderingham from distance, before very almost latching onto Stefan Scougall's cross.

On second viewing, that second opportunity really should've been taken.

SUBSTITUTION

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

The first substitutions of the game see Ollie Banks replace Dan Gardner for Chesterfield and Calum Woods and Neil Kilkenny replace Scott Laird and Paul Gallagher for Preston.

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Gary Roberts almost grabs an equaliser for Chesterfield. The ball bounces around the box, Roberts hits a scuffed shot, but Sam Johnstone pushes the ball to safety.

SUBSTITUTION

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

And a second substitution for Swindon Town, as top goalscorer Andy Williams replaces Jermaine Hylton for the closing stages. Can the 22-goal striker prise an opening?

DISALLOWED GOAL

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

What an impact that would've been! Steven Davies tries to play new arrival Matt Done in behind Nathan Byrne, but as he looks to race clear he fouls the Swindon man. He falls over the ball and bundles it in, but the whistle had already gone.

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Tom Clarke
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Preston are sitting back and soaking up the pressure. Who can make the difference for Chesterfield as we enter the final 15 minutes?

SUBSTITUTION

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

Another substitution for Sheffield United, as Matt Done, a January signing from Rochdale, replaces Jason Holt for the final 16 minutes.

Sheffield United 1-1 Swindon Town

That's unlucky from Ryan Flynn, who turns Jordan Turnbull inside out before driving into the penalty area and drilling a shot straight at Wes Foderingham.

Twenty minutes left in the first leg.

Chesterfield 0-1 Preston North End

Almost a great chance for Chesterfield. Dan Gardner twists and turns in the box before launching a cross in from the left, it's headed on by Sam Clucas and Gary Roberts just can't get on the end of it at the far post.

Moments later at the other end Jermaine Beckford is played in by Joe Garner but his weak shot is saved by Tommy Lee.