At Wembley Stadium
Sholing FC win FA Vase Final in North vs South match-up
Sholing FC beat northern opponents West Auckland Town in a tense affair as Marvin Mclean’s goal separated the two sides and gave ‘The Boatmen’ The FA Vase Trophy for the first time.
The Wessex Premier side Sholing, three tiers below West Auckland matched them throughout and the five employees of Dave Diaper’s side as electricians put their bodies on the line for the victory.
West Auckland had the first opportunity of the contest five minutes in as clinical John Campbell was slotted in on goal but goalkeeper Matt Brown blocked the shot.
Sholing then responded with Lee Wort who already has 44 goals to his name this season. Ten minutes in he used his strength to beat Darrly Hall and his tight angled shot was saved by Jordan Nixon.
Just after the half hour the speedy winger Marvin Mclean was put through, as he beat the left back Neil Patterson for pace but he put his shot high and wide.
Minutes before half-time a central free-kick for John Campbell was heading in to the top left corner but for another great save by Matt Brown denied the lead for the northerners.
The rain poured at the start of the second half but Barry Mason sparked up the southerners as he beat the right back for pace and got his shot away but Jordan Nixon palmed it away from danger.
Sholing’s Marvin Mclean broke the deadlock with an important goal as he sprinted on to a long ball, took a touch and his shot deflected over Jordan Nixon and in to put Sholing 20 minutes away from lifting the trophy.
West Auckland nearly grabbed an equaliser ten minutes from time through Dennis Knight’s free-kick, on the edge of the box but was denied by a finger-tip save from man of the match Matt Brown.
In injury time West Auckland almost forced extra-time as a deep ball into the box was headed by Lewis Galpin onto the bar but Sholing’s never say die attitude, cleared the chance to give them the victory moments later.
Sholing’s Line-up: Brown, Carter, Diaper, Castle (Miller 53), Bright, Bowers (Brewster 76), Mason, Fennemore (Sawyer 77), Wort, Mason ©, Mclean
West Auckland Town Line-up: Nixon, Pattinson, Green © (Gibson 63), Hall, Galpin, Close, Vipond (Banks 78), Briggs, Moffat (Richardson 74), Campbell, Knight