VIDEO: Wroxham clinch Wembley FA Vase final
Paddy Davitt Wroxham 2, Whitehawk 1 (Wroxham won 4-1 on aggregate) Wroxham boss David Batch admitted reaching Wembley had yet to sink in after the Yachtsmen knocked out Whitehawk today to reach the FA Vase final.
Wroxham 2, Whitehawk 1 (Wroxham won 4-1 on aggregate)
Wroxham boss David Batch admitted reaching Wembley had yet to sink in after the Yachtsmen knocked out Whitehawk today to reach the FA Vase final.
Batch became the first manager since Bill Punton to successfully guide a Norfolk club to the famous venue following a two goal second leg salvo from his side inside the opening seven minutes in front of 1,261 at Trafford Park.
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Wroxham will now bid to emulate Diss' 1994 triumph in the same competition when they face holders Whitley Bay at the national stadium on May 9.
Steve Spriggs pounced after just 14 seconds before Shaun Howes doubled the hosts' lead on the day and put them 4-0 up on aggregate with a curling free kick on seven minutes.
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Josh Jones pulled one back a minute from the break during Whitehawk's best spell of the contest but Wroxham were barely threatened after the interval - Scott Howie forced into one solitary close range reaction stop late on.
Wroxham's jubilant players and coaching staff celebrated on the final whistle before a deserved lap of honour - with one notable absentee.
“I had to leave the players to it because it hasn't sunk in,” said Batch. “I feel mentally drained and I had to actually sit down for the last five minutes of the game because I felt a little bit poorly and a bit flat and, if I'm honest, a little bit dizzy.
“I thought at the end of the game when I had played out all these different scenarios in my head I would be jumping off the ceiling or bawling my eyes out but the feeling I feel now is none of those things.
“I can only describe it now, and I finally understand when athletes win things and say it hasn't sunk in yet, that it's true. I think that is exactly how I feel. I had convinced myself and the team since we played Needham that Wembley was a million miles away, that we hadn't got there, it wasn't our cup, and we had to deal with every minute of every game. I have convinced myself so much that is hard to let myself go right at this minute.”
t Wroxham: Howie, Pauling, Howes, Challen, McNeil, Eastaugh, Lemmon, Spriggs (Durrant 82), Cook (Paynter 84), White, Gilmore (Timms 29). Subs (not used): Carus, Self.
Bookings: Howie, Spriggs, White
Goals: Spriggs (1), Howes (7)
t Whitehawk: Anderson, Lovett, Fish, Budd, Harris (Hughes 60), Holmes, Towsend, Tate, Freeman, Davis (Kirkwood 60), Jones (Crabb 72). Subs (not used): Taylor, Head.
Booking: Harris, Davis, Anderson, Fish
Goal: Jones (44)
t Referee: D Whiteside (Northants)
t Attendance: 1,261