Northampton Town join MK Dons in League One

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Keith Curle's side cruised to victory at Wembley Stadium to book their spot in the third tier

MK Dons will face neighbours Northampton Town in League One next season after the Cobblers thrashed Exeter City 4-0 in the League Two play-off final.

The game was played in an empty Wembley Stadium, but despite the lack of crowd, Northampton made an excellent start when former Dons midfielder Ryan Watson fired them in front after just 11 minutes.

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Callum Morton doubled the advantage on 31 minutes, and Cobblers should have been high and dry before half-time but for some solo heroics from Exeter keeper Jonny Maxted keeping the scoreline civil at the break.

Former Dons midfielder Ryan Watson opened the scoring at Wembley for NorthamptonFormer Dons midfielder Ryan Watson opened the scoring at Wembley for Northampton
Former Dons midfielder Ryan Watson opened the scoring at Wembley for Northampton

But when Dean Moxey was sent off for a late challenge on Watson, the writing was on the wall for Exeter as they slumped to their third play-off final defeat in four seasons. Sam Hoskins made it 3-0 with 10 minutes remaining before substitute Andy Williams stamped Northampton's authority on the game with a fourth.

It means Northampton join Swindon, Crewe and Plymouth in League One next season.

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