Hunn: Vase defeat can bring out our best
Jonathan Redhead Lowestoft Town youngster Reece Hunn said the Blues' Wembley FA Vase heartache could help spur them on to greater things next season. Winger Hunn came on as a substitute for Town in the 55th minute for the injured Ross King as the Blues tried to protect their one goal lead courtesy of an 11th minute own goal by Kirkham & Wesham centre-back Phil Thompson.
Lowestoft Town youngster Reece Hunn said the Blues' Wembley FA Vase heartache could help spur them on to greater things next season.
Winger Hunn came on as a substitute for Town in the 55th minute for the injured Ross King as the Blues tried to protect their one goal lead courtesy of an 11th minute own goal by Kirkham & Wesham centre-back Phil Thompson.
But a late brace from super sub Matt Walwyn handed victory to the outfit from the north west, breaking the hearts of the Trawler Boys and their fans packed into the west end of the ground.
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However, 19-year-old Hunn believes the experience of playing at the home of English football and the sides' tremendous run in the compeitition could fuel the Crown Meadow team's hunger for the next campaign.
“Obviously, we're disappointed but it was a great day and a great weekend for us,” Hunn said. “We were in control of the game but in the last ten minutes we lost it.
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“I am deeply disappointed and so are the lads but we've just got to get on with it and hopefully start again next year and maybe we can come back.
“It's just the way football goes sometimes. We had control. We haven't done very well in the league this year, but go through to the final and helped bring us together a bit more I think. Hopefully, next year we can push for a couple more cups.
“We were in control most of the game and when Andy Reynolds made that wonderful save with 15 minutes to go, I thought, 'this is when we're going to win it,” but obviously it wasn't meant to be.”
Hunn admitted treading on the hallowed Wembley turf was an amazing experience despite the crushing defeat was a fantastic experience.
“It was great. It's the best feeling ever,” he said. “Even though we have lost I feel like I've achieved a lot just coming to Wembley. It felt great to get on, but it was really hot and hard to play in.
“As soon as I went on there was nothing in my mouth and I needed a drink. But you just have to get on with a try to cope.”
And Hunn paid tribute to Town's tremendous fans, with around 15,000 making the trip down to the capital to back the Trawler Boys for the biggest game in their history.
“The fans were amazing,” the teenager said. “Even when we went to 1-1 - that's when they really started cheering for us. The ground was rocking and it was awesome.”