North Shields come from behind to win FA Vase at Wembley

North Shields players celebrate winning the FA Vase. Picture by the Football Association.
North Shields players celebrate winning the FA Vase. Picture by the Football Association.

North Shields have won the FA Vase following a 2-1 victory over Glossop North End after extra time.

The Robins did it the hard way, coming from behind to win their first major piece of silverware for 46 years following their success in the FA Amateur Cup at the old Wembley.

In front of nearly 10,000 fans at Wembley, both teams went close to opening the scoring in a goalless first half.

Shields captain went the closest to opening the scoring when his header was cleared off the line.

Robins’ top scorer Gareth Bainbridge saw an effort tipped over the bar just before half time before Glossop brought out a save from Shields keeper Chris Bannon.

Shields midfielder Ben Richardson then rattled the Glossop crossbar with a 30-yard shot before Glossop opened the scoring on 55 minutes.

And then with ten minutes to go, Bainbridge was able to find an equaliser before the game went into extra time.

Robins matchwinner Adam Forster, who had been brought off the bench, hooked home Denver Morris’ cross six minutes into the first half of extra time.

Glossop’s chances of an equaliser were hit when their captain was forced off with injury, leaving them with just ten men.

And Shields were able to hang on for the victory, bringing the FA Vase home to North Tyneside.

Afterwards manager Graham Fenton said: “We’re delighted. I said this team were never beaten and they kept fighting. They were on their last legs at the end. They are all winners.

“I’m so proud. The fans have been behind us, driving us on. We’ve given them a fantastic experience.”