Robins take slim advantage in FA Vase second leg

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North Shields manager Graham Fenton has reminded his players they are only half way to a potential dream tie at Wembley.

The Robins did not wilt as they headed south for the crucial FA Vase semi final first leg tie on Saturday.

North Shields players and fans celebrate taking the lead in the FA Vase semi final first leg against Highworth. Picture by Craig McVay.

North Shields players and fans celebrate taking the lead in the FA Vase semi final first leg against Highworth. Picture by Craig McVay.

The long journey, which included a training stop at Aston Villa, was backed by great travelling support.

And those Shields fans in the 1,200 crowd were celebrating a 1-0 advantage in the tie thanks to a Dean Holmers winner in the 69th minute.

Although just ‘half time’ in the tie, fans will be hoping 69 is a good omen as it was 1969 when North Shields were victorious at Wembley.

Highworth though may have other ideas in the second leg and proved worthy opponents on their own patch even if the playing surface was perhaps not the best the Robins have experienced this rousing campaign.

After the match, Fenton said: “The lads dug in quite superbly though the lengthy half time break certainly didn’t help us.

“Make no mistake it’s a fantastic result, we were on top early on but we got the goal – a really good one – then had to defend for our lives.

“The lads are chomping at the bit and are desperate for a chance to get to Wembley and will give it everything they’ve got but we’re not there yet and we know it will be tense at our place.”

Assistant Andy Bowman added: “I thought we put in a workmanlike performance. The pitch was as bad as I’ve seen but obviously one Highworth are comfortable with.

“That said we created chances first half. It was hard to keep the lads mind focussed during the hold-up, but we kept at it, defending like trojans in the closing stages.

“All to play for now, just one game from the final and its still hard to take in. We’ll all be so proud if we can get there.”