Skrill Premier Promotion Final v's Gateshead 18-05-14 at Wembley Stadium
Cambridge United returned to the Football League for the first time in nine years after beating Gateshead in the Conference Premier Promotion Final at Wembley on Sunday.

Over 13,000 U's saw Liam Hughes and Ryan Donaldson find the net for United, who were forced to play the final ten minutes with ten men, when skipper Ian Miller was stretchered off with a ruptured achilles tendon.

Ryan Donaldson, who left the Heed for United last summer, provided the cross for Liam Hughes to head in shortly after the break. He then expertly curled home a free-kick on 70 minutes to put the U's 2-0 up.
Gateshead struggled to turn possession into chances, until Jack Lester headed into an empty net after a fantastic save from U's keeper Adam Smith, to make the score 2-1.
Liam Hatch and James Curtis headed wide in injury time but United held on for a deserved win
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Both sides were limited to long-range efforts in the early stages, with Donaldson hitting a half-volley that was pushed wide by Adam Bartlett, a former Cambridge player whose only appearance came in the 2009 play-off final defeat to Torquay.
The Heed were fortunate to not be two men down when Marcus Maddison, already booked for diving, broke up a U's counter-attack on the halfway line, before John Oster looked to have swung a boot at Kevin Roberts.
Gateshead went on to dominate first-half possession, but the closest they came was when Maddison's looping cross dropped wide of the back post.
The introduction of substitute Harrison Dunk at half-time injected pace into United's attack and the winger's 35-yard drive had to be tipped round the post by Bartlett.
That produced a pair of corners, with the second taken short and then whipped in by Donaldson and nodded home by Liam Hughes.
Donaldson then swung a perfectly placed 20-yard free-kick around the wall and past Bartlett to seemingly put Cambridge into League Two.
But the introduction of towering front man Hatch gave the Heed a target man, and although he saw a header saved, former Chesterfield striker Lester, who came out of retirement three months ago, put in the rebound.
Gateshead threw everything forward, with James Marwood forcing a finger-tip save from Adam Smith and, with seven minutes of added time played following the injury to U's captain Ian Miller, Hatch and Curtis both had chances, but Richard Money's Cambridge side held out to secure promotion.

Final Score: Cambridge United 2 - 1 Gateshead

Cambridge United Line-Up
25 Smith
02 Roberts
03 Taylor
18 Berry (Chadwick - 65' )
06 Miller
04 Coulson
08 Champion
07 Donaldson
17 Hughes
19 Sam-Yorke (Dunk - 45' )
10 Elliott (Cunnington - 76' )
Substitutes
05 Bonner
09 Cunnington
11 Dunk
22 Chadwick
23 Chambers

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