Holders lie in wait for Batch's heroes

Whitley Bay boss Ian Chandler warned Wroxham his side will do everything they can to retain their FA Vase crown. Bay squeezed past Barwell 6-5 on aggregate in a thrilling semi-final, second leg in front of nearly 3,000 at Hillheads to reach Wembley for the second consecutive season.

Whitley Bay boss Ian Chandler warned Wroxham his side will do everything they can to retain their FA Vase crown.

Bay squeezed past Barwell 6-5 on aggregate in a thrilling semi-final, second leg in front of nearly 3,000 at Hillheads to reach Wembley for the second consecutive season.

"Long may this success continue - last year was brilliant," said Chandler. "It is still an unreal feeling but we're going back and we've got a chance to retain the trophy. We really needed the crowd's support and they were fantastic. All our players gave their all and were deserving of reaching Wembley for the second time

"Barwell were worthy of extra time but we have got people that can score from anywhere. For Paul Robinson to score with his head is unheard of - we are more used to seeing him strike 30 yarders with either foot. I wasn't always confident that we were going to find a winner but I am delighted that we did."


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In shades of the early action at Trafford Park, Barwell rocked the holders when Kevin Charley opened the scoring after just 20 seconds.

Adam Johnston replied from the penalty spot on ten minutes before midfielder Richard Hodgson glided through the Barwell backline midway through the opening period.

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Barwell were then reduced to ten men when Adam Knibbs picked up his second yellow card but the Leicestershire side levelled from the spot through Charley on 69 minutes.

With the tie deadlocked at 5-5 on aggregate and heading towards extra time Robinson stooped with a diving stoppage time header to put the holders through.

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