Fleetwood Town’s Wembley dream hangs on a knife edge after a comprehensive defeat at the hands of Chesterfield.
It wasn’t without controversy, two disallowed goals pegging Town back, one after a lengthy protest from Spireites players.
But Graham Alexander’s men were architects of their own downfall, outclassed by their promotion rivals.
Alan Goodall’s second minute header was chalked off.
And the visitors took advantage, former Blackpool man Ian Evatt flicking them into the lead.
Five minutes later Scott Davies spilled the ball allowing Sam Morsy to rifle home a second.
But Fleetwood did pull one back before the break, David Ball heading in from Jon Parkin’s neat cross.
A fightback looked on the cards until Jimmy Ryan picked up the ball from a Fleetwood throw, curling a shot from the right which left Scott Davies bamboozled.
Parkin and substitute Gareth Evans both had chances to pull one back but Chesterfield will fancy their chances of booking a Wembley trip in the return leg.