ON-LOAN Town goalkeeper Paul Rachubka returned from injury to help Blackpool take a big step towards Wembley.
The Tangerines, with `Rabs' back between the posts after a hamstring tear, were 2-1 winners in yesterday's League I play-off semi-final first leg at Oldham.
Wes Hoolahan's 87th-minute strike gave Simon Grayson's side the advantage ahead of the second leg at Bloomfield Road on Saturday.
Should Blackpool make the Sunday, May 27 final, their other on-loan Town player, Chris Brandon, would be available after a two-match suspension.
Nottingham Forest take a 2-0 lead into their clash with Yeovil at the City Ground on Friday.
Yeovil manager Russell Sade insists his side, which includes former Town striker Marcus Stewart, will have a great chance if they can score first.
In the race to join Town in League I next season, Bristol Rovers beat Lincoln 2-1 in their semi-final first leg in the West Country on Saturday.
The second leg is at Sincil Bank on Thursday, when ex-Town man Nat Brown will be aiming to help the home side hit back.
Shrewsbury host MK Dons in their semi first leg tonight. The second leg is on Friday and the final on Saturday, May 26.
Diomansy Kamara struck the winner as West Brom wrestled the advantage in their Championship play-off derby with Wolves.
The goal came 73 minutes in at Molineux, with the second leg set for The Hawthorns on Wednesday.
Derby defend a 2-1 first-leg lead when they take on Southampton at Pride Park tomorrow.
The third of the play-off finals is on Monday, May 28.