We could have had even more goals says Bay boss

Paddy Davitt History-making Whitley Bay boss Ian Chandler believes the FA Vase holders' latest Wembley win will take some time to sink in. Chandler scored the extra-time winner in 2002 when Bay took the trophy for the first time, and has now guided his club to back-to-back victories after yesterday's 6-1 win over Wroxham.

Paddy Davitt

History-making Whitley Bay boss Ian Chandler believes the FA Vase holders' latest Wembley win will take some time to sink in.

Chandler scored the extra-time winner in 2002 when Bay took the trophy for the first time, and has now guided his club to back-to-back victories after yesterday's 6-1 win over Wroxham.

The 42-year-old dedicated Whitley's latest success to one of last year's FA Vase heroes Mark Taylor who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease at the start of 2010.


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"We had an extra incentive to do it for Mark," he said. "He actually arrived at half time so he just managed to see Lee Kerr's third and he claimed credit for that - but it was great for him to be involved and hopefully he will get to see Wembley again.

"It does feel special to retain it and we've had some tough, tough games during this competition, so nothing has been given to us. It's great for the north east and I think it proves as a club what we are all about.

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"We've built the crowds up and I personally would like to think we can sustain higher level football but that comes down to the finances. We can't always guarantee that we will come back to Wembley every year so we have to savour these moments because they are special."

Chandler admitted the holders were handed a dream start when Paul Chow profited from indecision in the Wroxham backline to nudge Bay ahead on 21 seconds.

"You couldn't ask for any better," he said. "We actually lost one of our players to injury the day before the game so we had to reshuffle a touch and play a slightly different system but that is what Paul is all about.

"He showed his appetite for goals and for Lee to pop up again and score an even better goal than in last year's final was the icing on the cake.

"I wasn't worried when it went to 1-1 because we had them watched and knew it was all about us. The lads were so keyed up and couldn't wait for the game and it's great for me as a manager that they did themselves justice."

Chandler felt Wroxham's early defensive lapses forced the Norfolk side to play into their hands.

"Most people in the Northern League know if you give us time and space we can really put teams to the sword," he said. "That is what we did in the second half.

"We did the same to Shildon earlier in the competition when it was 10 versus 11 and in those last 20 minutes we really came on strong.

"If teams try and come at us we have the pace to exploit them and we've got players who can break so quick that it is always difficult for the opposition. We had people coming down a long, long way and paying a lot of money so we always try to give them entertainment.

"I personally have always had the philosophy of rather winning a game or losing a game 4-3 than 1-0. We scored six and maybe we could have had a couple more."

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