YORK City will return to Wembley on Sunday, May 21 after Scott Fenwick’s extra-time penalty earned Gary Mills’ men a 3-2 two-legged FA Trophy semi-final victory at Lincoln.
Home centre-back Sean Raggett had earlier levelled the scores on aggregate with a 66th-minute header.
But substitute Fenwick converted a 105th-minute penalty – the visitors’ only on-target effort in two hours of football – to set up a final meeting with Macclesfield.
A cagey opening to the game saw Lincoln create the first opportunities of the afternoon with City keeper Kyle Letheren pushing Alan Power’s 25-yard curling effort around his left-hand post.
Raggett then prodded wide from four yards after Matt Rhead had headed down Terry Hawkridge’s resulting corner.
On 26 minutes, Letheren also needed to claw away Luke Waterfall’s header from another Hawkridge flag kick and Rhead went on to shoot into the sidenetting from eight yards after Bradley Wood’s right-wing throw.
City, who were slowing down the tempo at the right times and playing the game rather than the occasion, saw their first chance fly out of Sincil Bank on 41 minutes when Asa Hall tried his luck from 20 yards.
After Nathan Arnold had missed the target from the edge of the box following Lee Angol’s lay-off, meanwhile, Amari Morgan-Smith blasted narrowly wide from 25 yards in first-half stoppage time.
In the second period, Jon Parkin flicked wide from 20 yards with the outside of his boot after Hamza Bencherif’s header forward.
But a weak Bencherif header let in Angol just past the hour, only for his scuffed shot to be cleared off the line by a covering Dan Parslow.
Home sub Josh Ginnelly’s curling shot then had to be pushed around his left-hand upright by Letheren, before the Imps opened the scoring.
A corner by Ginnelly from the left was met at the far post in the air by Waterfall, who directed the ball back into the six-yard box, where Raggett headed in off Letheren’s right-hand post.
City responded with a curling Sean Newton free kick that was deflected wide after Vadaine Oliver had been hacked down by Raggett.
Angol, meanwhile, fired out of the ground from range before former City midfielder Elliott Whitehouse missed a glorious chance to settle matters on 89 minutes when he shot wide from eight yards after being sent clear by Rhead’s downward header.
Extra-time was then confirmed after Arnold hit the roof of the stand.
Sub Billy Knott went on to shoot well over from 20 yards on 95 minutes and Raggett was also wayward from further out.
A tired Angol slice did not trouble Letheren either before there was drama in the final minute of extra-time’s first period.
Bencherif’s low 15-yard drive was blocked by a diving Waterfall and the assistant referee flagged after loud appeals for a penalty from the visiting fans.
There was then an agonising wait as referee Ben Toner consulted with his fellow official before pointing to the spot.
Fenwick went on to keep his composure in immaculate fashion, sidefooting firmly to the right of Paul Farman, who guessed the right way but couldn’t keep the spot kick out At the start of the second half of extra time, Ginnelly fired well over from a free kick and Arnold dragged a diagonal shot wide as the Imps began to look fatigued and desperate.
City went on to waste a 120th-minute four-on-two chance when Parkin played in Danny Holmes but his shot was deflected wide.
The final whistle seconds later, though, meant that profligacy proved immaterial.